Jaguars Christmas List
Blake Bortles Develops- Blake Bortles has played better than his stats would suggest, but he obviously has a long way to go. Bortles hit a slump in the middle of the season where he looked very hesitant to make throws and his mechanics need some work.
Safety Help- The Jaguars safety combo of Jonathan Cyprien and Josh Evans is the worst in the NFL. Cyprien will obviously be on the roster due to the investment that the team has in him, but they desperately need an upgrade for Evans.
Linebacker Upgrades- The Jaguars have Telvin Smith, who looks the part of a soon-to-be elite linebacker and basically...just guys. The team needs an infusion of talent at the position and a playmaking middle linebacker could help transform a defense that has real talent on the defensive line.
Julius Thomas- Jacksonville needs a playmaking tight end to help Blake Bortles develop. Marcedes Lewis is a great guy and an elite blocker at his position, but he doesn’t have the physical ability to make plays in the passing game. A player like Julius Thomas would add a much needed dimension to the passing attack and hopefully lift the team out of the offensive doldrums.
A better Luke Joeckel- Former second-overall pick Luke Joeckel has struggled in his first season at left tackle. Perhaps struggle isn’t even a strong enough term, he’s been really terrible. Houston Pro Bowl offensive tackle Duane Brown struggled mightily as a rookie and he developed into a very good player. The Jaguars need to same to occur with Joeckel, but the early returns point to that being a long shot.
A veteran receiver- The Jaguars trio of rookie receivers- Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns- have showed great promise, but Blake Bortles needs a veteran target that runs great routes and can always get open. Randall Cobb is expected to hit free agency and he would not only add help in the passing game but also on special teams.
Another running back in the draft- Jacksonville doesn’t have to draft a running back early, but how much can they really depend on Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart? Storm Johnson was unproductive this season and Jordan Todman is just a guy. If an elite running back fell to them in the middle rounds of the draft it would behoove the team to select him.
Interior line help- Brandon Linder had a really nice rookie season, but the rest of the Jaguars interior offensive line underperformed (or maybe performed up to their limited talent level). With a young quarterback, you’d like to have a great running game as a complement and they Jaguars didn’t have that this season, due in a major part to the offensive line struggles.
Special teams help- The Jaguars special teams was bad this season, having both field goals and punts blocked almost routinely, as well as poor coverage units. Ace Sanders struggled as a return man and the Jaguars need upgrades pretty much across the board with the exception of kicker, where Josh Scobee was good, but not as good as in year’s past.
Better Gus Bradley- Gus Bradley is a great motivator, but still struggles with game management. Bradley may have cost the Jaguars at least one win (at Tennessee) and he isn’t great at clock management. Bradley is a young coach and you shouldn’t expect him to have all the answers, but he will have to improve, just like the rest of the team.