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Top 10 Players That Will Lead Jacksonville Jaguars to 2013 Playoffs

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10 Players That Will Lead Jaguars to 2013 Playoffs

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the league's worst teams in 2012 and looked hopeless at times, being beat, and beat badly, game after game.

Being in the NFL 18 years, they have made the playoffs, on average, once every three seasons.

The Jaguars have been one of the league's worst teams for the past couple of seasons and fans in Jacksonville are desperately hoping that things will change.

Playing in a stadium that doesn't sell out every game has to be demoralizing for a team, especially a young one like the Jags.

They have young talent all around, but the pieces have yet to fit together in an all-around solid team. They have a young quarterback in Blaine Gabbert that had a rough season in 2012 and was replaced by Chad Henne. They will likely be looking toward a quarterback in the draft this season to fill that need.

Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the league's most talented and strong running backs. However, he was injured for most of the 2012 season and missed a handful of games, leading to a rough season for the Jaguars as a whole.

I'm not saying they will make the playoffs next season by any means. But if they were to make an improbable run, here are 10 guys that will help them reach their goal.

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10. Mike Harris

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Mike Harris will likely earn a bigger role in 2013 after starting just six games at cornerback last year. He had 55 tackles and one interception. He was also just a rookie, showing promise.

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9. Jeremy Mincey

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Jeremy Mincey has started every game in the past two season for the Jags. He is a solid defensive tackle and being a seasoned veteran will help in his production increase in 2013.

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8. Marcedes Lewis

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As the Jags' starting tight end, Marcedes Lewis has been looked toward to bail out the quarterbacks at times. He had 52 catches for 540 yards last season, both marked his second-best season marks in his seven-year career.

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7. Rookie Quarterback

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If the Jags end up drafting a rookie quarterback, he will be relied on heavily to help them improve and, at a long-shot, make the playoffs.

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6. Jason Babin

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Jason Babin will look to give the defensive line a boost in 2013. He played just five games with Jacksonville in 2012 after starting the season in Philadelphia. He had 37 tackles and seven sacks.

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5. Russell Allen

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Russell Allen has been in the league just four years and he has already recorded 131 tackles in a single season. This happened last year, which nearly tripled his previous career high of 48. Big things to come from this linebacker.

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4. Justin Blackmon

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Justin Blackmon had a slow start last season, but turned it on later in the season. He recorded 64 catches and 865 yards with five touchdowns in his rookie season, looking electrifying along the way.

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3. Cecil Shorts

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Yet another receiver on this list, making Blackmon and Cecil Shorts a dynamic combo. He led the team in yards receiving last year with 979 and touchdowns with seven. This was just his second year in the league, making the Jags' receiving corps young and talented.

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2. Paul Posluszny

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Easily the best linebacker on the team, Paul Posluszny recorded 139 tackles and two sacks last season. He also tied for his career-high in interceptions with three. You know you're good when you start in every single game you have appeared in for the last six years.

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1. Maurice Jones-Drew

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If Maurice Jones-Drew were healthy for the entire year in 2012, the Jaguars may have won about three or four games instead of two, but that wasn't the case. MJD is a wrecking ball that's next to impossible to take down with one hit. He will look to rebound from his injury-riddled 2012 season if there is any chance at all the Jaguars have at making the playoffs.