Know Your Foe: Jacksonville Jaguars – Houston Texans News

Know Your Foe: Jacksonville Jaguars – Houston Texans News

The 2017 season will kickoff sooner than any of us imagine and the first team on the docket is an AFC South foe – the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the Texans 21-20 comeback win last December, the Jaguars decided to take the organization in a different direction. 

Gus Bradley was fired before the Jaguars left Houston that day, opening an intriguing position in the league. Owner Shad Khan decided to stay in house, handing Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach, the full-time head coaching reins after a 1-1 stint as interim coach to finish the 2016 season. Khan wasn’t done pulling some aces out of his sleeve, either, as he looked to the past to impact the future. Former Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin was brought back in a front office capacity to right the ship and get the Teal and Black machine moving in the right direction.

It’s not as if General Manager David Caldwell hasn’t put together a squad loaded with talent, especially in the last two years. Here are the key players Caldwell has signed or drafted in the past two seasons.
 
2016
DE Malik Jackson
DE Yannick Ngakoue
S Tashaun Gipson
LB Myles Jack
CB Jalen Ramsey
 
2017
CB A.J. Bouye
DE Calais Campbell
S Barry Church
T Branden Albert
RB Leonard Fournette
T Cam Robinson

Nearly one half of the entire starting 22 has been turned over in Jacksonville in the past 24 months, but the Jaguars made no change at quarterback where Blake Bortles took a significant step back in his development. After a 4,428 yard/35 TD campaign in 2015, Bortles threw for 500 fewer yards and 12 fewer touchdowns. He actually threw two fewer interceptions than in 2016 but much was expected in…

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