It was a calamity of problems that made the 2012 NFL season a miserable one for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville finished with a 2-14 record and own the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft. The team will be better in 2013 just because of two things, and one is having Maurice Jones-Drew healthy to start the season.
Jones-Drew sat out all of training camp last season and missed the preseason as well before coming to camp. The injury bug then hit Jones-Drew with a foot injury that ended his season prematurely. The Jaguars looked awful in the backfield with him out, and having him back should add a couple of wins.
The No. 2 pick decision is a very big one for the Jaguars and if they can get either Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher to become the team’s new left tackle, it would go a long way towards turning things around. There has been talk that the team may consider trading down but that wouldn’t be the best option, especially if they can get Joeckel.
The combination of a player like Joeckel and Jones-Drew being back should allow this Jaguars team to finish with at least six wins in 2013.
Jones-Drew will get back to his career averages of over four yards a carry, and that will take pressure of the team’s quarterback. It could be Chad Henne again or the team may decide to roll with Blaine Gabbert, even though he has looked over-matched.
Jacksonville won’t be as bad in 2013 as they were in 2012, but have to get the right left tackle at No. 2 and need Jones-Drew to stay healthy all season.