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Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason Team Needs – TSJ Sports

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Jacksonville Jaguars Offseason Team Needs – TSJ Sports

 

Tom Coughlin has been tabbed as the Vice President of Football Operations and former interim coach Doug Marrone was hired as a direct replacement for Gus Bradley, who was relieved of his duties before the 2016 season’s end. GM Dave Caldwell will relinquish some power but will still have a say in all personnel matters. Caldwell just received a two-year extension, as he has had a keen eye for talent but failed on throwing money at lackluster free agent additions and giving out huge extensions to players that haven’t panned out (i.e. Zane Beadles, who received a five year, $30 million deal and was released two years into it). Where do the Jags have a dying need for help? From afar, help is needed in the backfield to compliment a porous Blake Bortles. Bortles suffered a Grade 1 sprain to his AC joint against Tennessee and aggravated the injury November 20th versus the Detriot Lions.  A Grade 1 sprain is the mildest form of a separated shoulder, and Bortles said he will not need offseason surgery.

Sure, signing Chris Ivory and pairing him with T. J. Yeldon seemed like a match made in heaven based on Ivory’s production in New York with the Jets. Yeldon was placed on injured reserve and some would argue that he cannot be a bell cow moving forward. Florida State‘s Dalvin Cook would look good in Jacksonville. University of Wyoming tailback Brian Hill would be a good fit on day 3 and has all the makings of being a lead back after finishing 2016 with 1,860 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns over 14 games. He has amassed 4,287 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns over the course of three seasons with the Cowboys and Hill decided to forego his eligibility for the NFL draft.


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Another area of concern is getting a consistent pass rush. That’s where Auburn University‘s Carl Lawson would fill in. He could eventually be a full-time starter but would thrive in a rotation with second year star Yannick Ngakoue from University of Maryland and former first-rounder Dexter Fowler, Jr. 

The AFC South is wide open and the Jags could be division and playoff regulars with a few key additions from the upcoming NFL draft.