Behind Enemy Lines: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Giants Beat's Josh Fyffe goes behind enemy lines to ask Jacksonville Jaguars publisher Charlie Bernstein five burning questions about the state of the Jaguars.

Q:Josh Fyffe | The Giants Beat

1) Bortles is now entering his second year in the league and didn’t exactly have an optimal rookie debut. Have you seen a higher comfort level this year in the offense? And are there any receivers he is appearing to have exceptional chemistry with through camp thus far?

Charlie Bernstein | Jags Insider

Bortles is having to learn another new offense as the team jettisoned Jedd Fisch after last year in favor of Greg Olsen. He definitely seems more comfortable, not only in the offense, but with the NFL game in general. His mechanics are better, he's more decisive and more confident. As far as receiver chemistry, Allen Robinson is stepping up as the No. 1 guy. He's someone who doesn't need to be "open" to make plays.

Q:Josh Fyffe | The Giants Beat

2) The Jaguars have the potential for a dynamic backfield this season with the rookie T.J. Yeldon added to the mix of Dernard Robinson and Toby Gerhart. From camp and preseason who do you see usurping the lead back role for the Jags in 2015; or will they employ more of a running back committee?

Charlie Bernstein | Jags Insider

Gus Bradley is refusing to name a starter, but my eyes tell me that T J Yeldon is the most talented guy they have. Denard Robinson is a nice change of pace back and he will definitely see his share of carries, but as long as Yeldon is healthy I would assume that he would be the lead back. Gerhart is more of an H-back in this offense and he might be used in short yardage situations.

Q:Josh Fyffe | The Giants Beat

3) The Jaguars top draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. had that unfortunate season ending injury at the beginning of OTAs, despite the injury has he been involved with the coaching staff throughout training camp and the start of preseason, or is he off rehabbing his torn ACL?

Charlie Bernstein | Jags Insider

Dante is at practice every day getting mental reps. He walks without a limp, which is pretty amazing considering he had the surgery just two months ago. They expect him to be a factor next season and he should be fully healed by then.

Q:Josh Fyffe | The Giants Beat

4) Julius Thomas injured his hand on his first catch ever as a Jaguar in last week’s preseason game; before the injury had he been building a budding chemistry with Bortles, and what is the time table for his recovery?

Charlie Bernstein | Jags Insider

The story that they are telling in the building is that Julius will be ready by the season opener. He broke the bone on the back of his hand and he's been running routes, just not doing anything with the football. If he is healthy the Jaguars will have an excellent set of red zone weapons, assuming they make it to the red zone.

Q:Josh Fyffe | The Giants Beat

5) Who is a player for the Jaguars who has turned a lot of heads this preseason and surpassed a lot of expectations?

Charlie Bernstein | Jags Insider

I don't know if it will materialize when the season begins, but veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is having his best camp as a pro. Perhaps the Thomas signing has motivated him or the fact that he'll be a free agent after this season, but Lewis is destroying people in blocking drills and catching everything thrown his way. He looks quite spry.


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