Five Upgrades For 2015

Can the Jaguars go from three wins in 2014 to the playoffs in 2015? It seems like a longshot, but it nearly happened this year as the Houston Texans narrowly missed the postseason after winning just two games in 2013. We're going to look at what the Jaguars need to improve upon in the offseason.

Finishing 2014 with a 3-13 record, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have to do plenty to go from third place to a playoff push in 2015. We’re going to look at five areas in which the team can improve in the offseason.

1. Offensive Line Upgrades- The Jaguars had one offensive lineman play well in 2014, Brandon Linder. Former second-overall pick Luke Joeckel struggled mightily in his first season at left tackle and although there is hope for the young man to improve, there’s plenty of reason for concern. Jacksonville needs to find a center and/or another offensive tackle in free agency and possible names they could be interested in include Doug Free, Bryan Bulaga or Rodney Hudson.

2. 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. New England’s Devin McCourty appears to be the prize in free agency, and even players such as Louis Delmas, Marcus Gilchrist and Jeron Johnson could be had for the right price.

3. An Upgrade At Tight End- With Marcedes Lewis expected to earn $8 million in base salary, it’s more likely than not that he doesn’t return. Some free agent targets the team should be interested in include Julius Thomas and Jermaine Gresham, and don’t count out Maxx Williams in the draft.

4. Linebacker Help- Aside from Telvin Smith, the Jaguars are very mediocre at linebacker. J.T. Thomas has flashed at times, but he’s a below average NFL starter. Brian Orakpo, Brandon Graham and Sean Weatherspoon could be very solid fits in Jacksonville.

5. Get Younger At Defensive End- The Jaguars pass rush was very solid in 2014, but they don’t have any good, young pass rushers. Chris Clemons and Red Bryant’s days are numbered and the best way to address this need would be in the draft...with the third-overall pick….with USC’s Leonard Williams.

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