We learn the who, what, where, when and why about the Jacksonville Jaguars including whether their young offensive pieces are ready to shine in 2015.
Each week Breaking Burgundy checks in with a media member or interested party of the Washington Redskins' next opponent for the "Five W" questions. With the Jacksonville Jaguars in Washington Thursday night for the fourth and final preseason game, we're catching up with Brian Jackson, previously of CSNwashington.com and now a reporter/anchor with Jacksonville's WXTJ4.
1: WHO are the 2015 Jacksonville Jaguars?: The 2015 Jaguars are one year away. Through three preseason games they no doubt look much improved from a 2014 season that saw them produce just three wins. Offensively, quarterback Blake Bortles looks much more comfortable compared to his rookie season. Injuries have been an issue on the defensive side of the ball. If the Jaguars win 6-7 games this year, that's a big step in the right direction.
2: WHAT is the key matchup?: Often times kickers are an after thought in the NFL. On Monday the Jaguars traded long-time kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers. They've turned the job over to 24-year-old Jason Myers. He's shown off a big leg during training camp, routinely making 50-60 yard field goals, but now he has the added pressure of being the guy.
3: WHERE are you watching the game?: I'll be watching the game from the comfort of the News4Jax newsroom. To be honest the game will be on, but more so in the background. The main thing is that the Jaguars come out of this game healthy.
4: WHEN do you think Jacksonville will return to playoff contention?: I think the Jaguars will make a playoff run in 2016. At that point Bortles and his trio of receivers (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee) will all be in their third year. In the NBA we always say that players make a huge leap from year two to year three, so no reason to think it can't happen in the NFL.
5. "WHY should (or shouldn't) fantasy owners buy into the hype surrounding rookie running back T.J. Yeldon?
: Let's be honest Alabama running backs have been solid in the NFL of late, but nobody has put up monster numbers. I think T.J. Yeldon will be similar. He's going to split carries in the backfield with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart. Unless there's an injury I don't see him approaching 1000 yards rushing this season.