Jacksonville Jaguars 2020 Team Overview
Jaguars 2020 Team Overview
Shahid Khan. Khan is rich due to his car parts company that generates billions of dollars. He has been a very hands on owner and frequently likes to talk with players and coaches.
David Caldwell. Caldwell was director of scouts for the Falcons and also an area scout for the Colts before he got the GM job with the Jags.
He has been with the Jags since 2013 and his best 2 records are 10-6 and 6-10. All other seasons have been 5 wins or less.
The Jags also brought in Tom Coughlin to try and have a better direction a couple of years ago.
It worked initially but then failed miserably the next 2 years and Coughlin was let go. I think it’s safe to say that Caldwell is probably on the hot seat.
His offseason moves and drafting have not worked out and the Jags look to be a bottom feeder again this year in 2020.
Doug Marrone. Marrone is another person on the hot seat. After the season in which they lost the AFC championship game,
Marrone lost control of his team. Leonard Fournette punched opposing players and Jalen Ramsey demanded his way out of Jacksonville in large part due to Marrone.
I highly doubt that Marrone is back as the Jags head coach in 2021 unless the Jags make the playoffs. That, however, would be a miracle.
Fantasy Outlook for the Jaguars
Jay Gruden’s best year as an OC and HC for total team rushing yards was in 2018 when the Redskins finished 17th in the NFL. But wait, it gets worse.
Gruden’s offenses have been in the top half of the league in rushing attempts and even a couple of top 10 finishes.
So it isn’t like Gruden abandons the run and just goes pass crazy. He just never runs the ball efficiently. He has had 2 running backs eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season with Alfred Morris and Cedric Benson.
But both Morris and Benson didn’t make it past 1,100 yards. They both didn’t have double digit touchdown performances those years either.
Fournette is a better talent then Morris and Benson and is also in his contract year so his motivation will be there.
His O-line is all back this year but they struggled to perform well and consistently last year. The Jags coaches are hoping this group’s continuity this year as well has having the same offensive line coach, will produce a better outcome.
Last point to touch on is that Gruden does like throwing to the running backs but always used a specialized 3rd down running back.
Chris Thompson is on the roster but is 30 years old and has had some injuries. Fournette should play a lot of 3rd down but expect Thompson and Ryquell Armstead to touch the field on 3rd down too.
With all of this said. I think that Fournette produces his typical numbers of 1000 yards rushing, 300 yards receiving and probably around 8 to 10 total touchdowns.
Fournette is definitely fantasy worthy but should not be drafted in the 2nd round.
If he is available in the 3rd round I would definitely compare him to other RB’s and consider drafting him with your 3rd pick.
This is the guy to look for come draft time. Jay Gruden has had nothing but amazing things to say about Chark.
The Jaguars coaching staff have publicly said that Chark wants to be great and that he puts in the work to be great as well.
Minshew also has great chemistry with Chark and is easily his favorite target on the roster. Let’s also consider that the Jaguars will probably be playing from behind more often then not this upcoming season.
That means that this team will have to throw the ball a lot. Gruden already likes to throw the ball and has talked about lining Chark up outside as well as in the slot.
I think Chark makes the leap this year as a top 12 WR in the NFL this year.
As of now Chark’s average draft position (ADP) in mock drafts has been in the 5th round. You would get an absolute steal in the 5th round if Chark is available to you.
Dede Westbrook was last year’s guy who everybody had as a sleeper pick late in drafts. Dede has turned out to be kind of a bust.
It is pretty hard to believe that Westbrook won the Biletnikoff award as the nation’s best WR in college at Oklahoma.
Now he is in his contract year and needs to prove his worth. Unfortunately I don’t think the Jags are high on Westbrook because they drafted Laviska Shenault in the 2nd round in this year’s draft.
Jay Gruden also almost forgot to mention Westbrooks name when mentioning wide receivers in a media interview.
You want to stay away from Westbrook this year until he proves us otherwise.
Laviska is a very talented player and plays with a chip on his shoulder.
His college numbers don’t blow you away but the Jaguars thought highly of Shenault to draft him in the 2nd round of this year’s draft.
I would still not draft him even late in this year’s fantasy drafts. Just stick with Chark for now. There are better sleepers to draft late in this fantasy season.
Jaguars Offensive Preview 2020
Gruden is actually a pretty good X’s and O’s coach. Whenever he has had an average to good QB, he has had a top half of the league scoring and total yards offense.
He is best known for coming up with a great passing game. None of his offenses, as a head coach or coordinator, have ever been in the top half of the league in rushing yards.
With that being said, he also has not had as great of a RB as Leonard Fournette. He had Jarvous Green-Ellis in Cincinnati and Robert Kelly and an older Adrian Peterson in Washington.
In all of his interviews with the media this year he has raved about the talented wide receivers.
He has also mentioned how it is very important to have tight ends and running backs who can catch over the middle of the field routes that help open up the wide receivers on the outside.
When Jay Gruden has had the talent, he has been able to move the ball and put points up on the board. His success will depend on Gardner Minshew and the Jags O-line in 2020.
If the O-line plays well and Minshew picks up Gruden’s concepts then this offense will surprise a lot of people.
Jaguars Defensive Preview 2020
Todd Wash. Wash has been the DC and play caller for the Jaguars defense since 2016. Wash rose quickly from being a defensive line coach in Seattle and Tampa Bay to being the Jaguars DC in just a matter of years.
The ironic part about Wash is that for him being a former defensive line coach his entire coaching career, his jaguar defenses have been soft against the run.
Every year that he has been the Jags DC, the Jags have been in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
They also gave up the 2nd most rushing touchdowns in 2019. He has had great passing defenses but that is probably due to the other team not having to throw the ball because the Jags are down by 20 points.
They also had Jalen Ramsey, athletic linebackers and veteran safeties during his tenure. With all of this being said, Wash is on the hot seat.
In order to ensure that this defense is not soft against the run, the Jags feel like they have done a great job in strengthening their front 7.
Nobody really knows what is happening with Yannick Ngakoue. Yannick most likely gets traded but the Jags drafted K’Lavon Chaisson to help with the pass rush in 2020.
They also drafted a big defensive lineman in Davon Hamilton.
They feel like Hamilton gives them better interior depth that will lead to more fresh bodies on the field throughout the entire game.
We will see if this strategy works out. The main problem with the run defense is the scheme that Wash runs.
He plays a lot of cover 3 zone but that is not a very good run defense due to the safeties being involved in the run game late in the play.
He needs to get creative with his play calling so that he is not left vulnerable against the run.
They also have an average secondary group and my personal opinion is that CJ Henderson will not turn out to be a good NFL cornerback.
This is a very unpredictable group.
It could go either way. I think they will not give up a lot of long passes so it will come down to improving their goal line run defense and overall redzone defense.
They will need to adopt the bend but don’t break mentality in 2020 if they want any success.
Cool notes about coaches:
Ben Mcadoo, former Giants HC, is the quarterbacks coach and Keenan McCardell, former Jags WR, is the wide receivers coach.
Contract Year Players:
RB: Leonard Fournette
OT: Cam Robinson
WR: Dede Westbrook
Jaguars Offensive Line Preview
This offensive line will probably be a middle tier to below average offensive line unit in 2020.
It is anchored by 2nd year player, RT Jawaan Taylor. Taylor did really well last year. He had a couple penalties but other than that was very solid. Some think he could have a pro bowl season this year.
The Center is Brandon Lindor and HC Marrone says he is one of the best Centers in the NFL. The Left Guard Andrew Norwell was supposed to be a huge signing in free agency a couple years back and has played well but not as well as being the top paid Guard in the NFL.
The other Guard is AJ Cann and he is similar to Norwell in that his play last season was only considered average.
Marrone used to play O-line and the Jags O-line coach, George Warhop, used to Coach Marrone when Marrone was a player back in the day.
This will be Warhops 2nd year with the Jags and he will have all returning starters back this year. Both Warhop and Marrone think this unit can make big strides in 2020.
The biggest question mark is what to do with Cam Robinson. Robinson is a good run blocker but struggled as a pass protector giving up 8 sacks, 45 pressures and also committed 11 penalties last year.
This could be due to Robinson’s ACL surgery in 2018 still giving him problems or has not healed all the way.
They might and probably should move him inside to Guard this year. That still leaves a question mark of who would play Left Tackle.
The Jaguars plan on looking at backup Will Richardson to compete for the Left Tackle position but who really knows.
My gut tells me that Robinson will start at Left Tackle. If not then he takes AJ Cann’s spot at Guard and Either Norwell or Richardson play Left Tackle.
They also think backup Tyler Shatley could play some Tackle. Jay Gruden’s Offensive lines in Washington have been crippled with injuries recently and thus lead to a lot of sacks.
However, when Gruden had his OL starters healthy, the Redskins had great pass protection and the same in Cincinnati when he was the OC.
Overall, with Gruden now here, Warhop being the O-line coach for a 2nd year and having all of the same players back, I think this group will over achieve this year and be a middle tier O-line.
The back up players they have are not amazing but serviceable and I think Warhop gets this group to play better in 2020.