Daily Brew | Know Your Foe - Jacksonville Jaguars

Two seasons removed from nearly upsetting New England in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium, the Jaguars are seemingly back at square one. Case and point…

2017 Starting Defense

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PositionName
DEYannick Ngakoue
DTCalais Campbell
DTAbry Jones
DEDante Fowler, Jr.
OLBTelvin Smith
LBMyles Jack
CBA.J. Bouye
NickelAaron Colvin
SBarry Church
STashaun Gipson
CBJalen Ramsey

2020 Starting Defense (projected)

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PositionName
DEJosh Allen
DTTaven Bryan
DTAbry Jones
DE/OLBK'Lavon Chiasson
LBMyles Jack
LBJoe Schobert
CBC.J. Henderson
SJarrod Wilson
SRonnie Harrison
CBRashaan Melvin
NickelD.J. Hayden

The 2020 defense is projected to have ten different starters, depending on what happens with the soap opera that is mercurial DE Yannick Ngakoue.

Regardless, the Jaguars are back at square one after that run in the playoffs three seasons ago. In 2018, the Jaguars started the season 3-1, but have been 8-20 since. The heart and soul of that 2017 team? All gone - or soon to be. Ngakoue was franchised but the Jaguars have entertained offers to trade the sackmaster who has said he's not coming back. All indications are that RB Leonard Fournette appears to be on the trading block as well. Everyone else? Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, the 2017 secondary...gone, gone and long gone.

So, the Jaguars are truly cleansing the building of some character and some, uh, characters, all in the name of building it the right way in Duval County. So, let's get to KNOW YOUR FOE: The Rebuilt Jacksonville Jaguars.

Additions

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PositionNameFormer Team
DERodney GunterArizona Cardinals
TETyler EifertCincinnati Bengals
EdgeCassius MarshArizona Cardinals
CBRasaan MelvinDetroit Lions
DLAl WoodsSeattle Seahawks
LBJoe SchobertCleveland Browns

Re-signed

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PositionName
OLTyler Shatley
DELarentee McCray
DTCarl Davis

Losses

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PositionNameReason
CBA.J. BouyeTraded to Broncos
TEGeoff SwaimReleased
QBNick FolesTraded to Bears
WRMarquise LeeReleased

Draft

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RoundPositionNameSchool
1st RoundCBC.J. HendersonFlorida
1st RoundEdgeK’Lavon ChiassonLSU
2nd RoundWRLaviska Shenault Jr.Colorado
3rd RoundDLDaVon HamiltonOhio State
4th RoundOT/GBen BartchSt. John's (MN)
4th RoundCBJosiah ScottMichigan State
4th RoundLBShaquille QuartermanMiami (FL)
5th RoundSDaniel ThomasAuburn
5th RoundWRCollin JohnsonTexas
6th RoundQBJake LutonOregon State
6th RoundTETyler DavisGeorge Tech (U Conn)
7th RoundDBChris ClaybooksMemphis

2020 Starting Offense

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PositionName
QBGardner Minshew
RBRyquell Armstead (?? Leonard Fournette)
WRD.J. Chark
WRDede Westbrook
WRLaviska Shenault Jr.
TETyler Eifert
LTCam Robinson
LGAndrew Norwell
CBrandon Linder
RBA.J. Cann
RTJawaan Taylor

Even with Andy Dalton (former Bengals quarterback) out on the street after being released, head coach Doug Marrone made it relatively clear that the Jags are riding Minshew Mania in 2020.

In fact, it appears that they're going to run it back offensively, for the most part (minus Leonard Fournette??). Free agent signee tight end Tyler Eifert had 91 receptions - in the last four years combined, so it remains to be seen whether he can truly impact this offense in 2020.

The only other impactful addition was receiver/weapon X Laviska Shenault Jr. in the 2nd round of the draft. He's not a polished receiver at this point, but he can certainly impact a game with the ball in his hands.

2020 Starting Defense (projected)

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PositionName
DEJosh Allen
DTTaven Bryan
DTAbry Jones
DE/OLBK'Lavon Chiasson
LBMyles Jack
LBJoe Schobert
CBC.J. Henderson
SJarrod Wilson
SRonnie Harrison
CBRashaan Melvin
NickelD.J. Hayden

It's a rebuild unit, based around the edge rushing talents of Josh Allen, who was magnificent as a rookie, and rookie K'Lavon Chiasson. Schobert will be a steadying force for the enigmatic unit. It's still light up front, until rookie DaVon Hamilton comes into the game. Henderson will be thrown to the wolves immediately and he's not Jalen Ramsey. The question isn't whether the Jaguars will be better because they will be but whether they can sustain any level of success longer term.

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