Five (more) numbers to watch – Jacksonville Jaguars News

Five (more) numbers to watch – Jacksonville Jaguars News

JACKSONVILLE – This is the second of two looks at the Jaguars’ 2017 season by the numbers.

And taking a look at those two looks, a few things are obvious. One is that a lot of the Jaguars’ 2017 season will depend on quarterback Blake Bortles.

Another is that much of this team’s improvement will depend on reducing mistakes. Turnovers hurt a lot last season. So did special teams errors. Reducing both will be critical.

Still another factor for the Jaguars is the need to dramatically improve their offensive efficiency. That’s an area that hurt them in recent seasons – and an area that should be better with an improved running game and the addition of running back Leonard Fournette.

The Jaguars drafted Fournette to put the ball in the end zone, something Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin told the rookie shortly after the Jaguars made him the No. 4 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The ability of Fournette and the rest of the Jaguars running backs to do just that will be one of the keys this season. It’s also one of five more numbers to watch in 2017, a list that began with Tuesday’s five numbers to watch and continues here:

14. Rushing touchdowns in the season. How much can Fournette help the Jaguars’ offense? By season’s end, this number could be a huge indicator. The Jaguars haven’t rushed for double-digit touchdowns since 2010, when they rushed for 14. Not coincidentally, that’s the last time the Jaguars finished .500 or better. They have averaged just over seven touchdowns rushing per season the last six seasons. Doubling that is a lofty goal, but they need to…

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