5 Biggest Jacksonville Jaguars Rumors Heading Into OTAs

By DJ Siddiqi

Top 5 Jacksonville Jaguars Storylines Entering OTAs

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The Jacksonville Jaguars hope to start anew in 2014 following their sixth-consecutive non-winning season in 2013. The Jaguars were one of the league's worst teams yet again, when they finished with a 4-12 record. They were also the NFL's last winless team in 2013, not winning a game until Week 10. Here are the top five storylines facing the Jags entering OTAs.

5. Toby Gerhart Will Replace Maurice Jones-Drew

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5. Toby Gerhart Will Replace Maurice Jones-Drew

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The Jaguars allowed franchise running back Maurice Jones-Drew to walk in free agency, and they signed former Minnesota Vikings backup running back, Toby Gerhart, to replace him. The Jags also drafted former UCF running back, Storm Johnson, in the seventh round. Gerhart has never been a full-time starting running back over his four-year NFL career. Gerhart is a huge question mark as the team's full-time ball carrier.

4. Red Bryant and Chris Clemons Solve Jags' D-Line Woes

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4. Red Bryant and Chris Clemons Solve Jags' D-Line Woes

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The Jaguars have a lot of weaknesses as an NFL team. Lost in all of the hoopla over the lack of a franchise quarterback is how bad the pass rush was in 2013 -- the Jags had just 31 sacks last season, ranking dead last in the NFL. In order to fix the defensive line situation, the Jags signed former Seattle Seahawks Red Bryant and Chris Clemons to provide stability to the D-line. Clemons had at least 11 sacks in each season from 2010-2012.

3. Justin Blackmon's Career as a Jaguar is Over

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3. Justin Blackmon's Career as a Jaguar is Over

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Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. General manager Dave Caldwell has stated the team has moved on from Blackmon for 2014, and their choices in draft selections Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson seem to echo that sentiment. It's hard to envision Blackmon ever suiting up in a Jaguars uniform again.

2. Jaguars Are Still One of League's Worst Teams

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2. Jaguars Are Still One of League's Worst Teams

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The Jaguars have had a reputation of being one of the NFL's worst teams over the past few years. Over the last three years, the Jags haven't won any more than five games in a single season. In ESPN's post-draft power rankings, they ranked the Jags as the third-worst team in the NFL. Likewise, in Bleacher Report's post-draft power rankings, they ranked the Jags as the 26th-best team in the NFL. This rumor has a lot of credibility to it.

1. Blake Bortles Will Spend 2014 Season As Backup

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1. Blake Bortles Will Spend 2014 Season as Backup

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Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell says the plan for 2014 is to start veteran quarterback Chad Henne, while No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles sits on the bench. That's not going to happen. In Week 1, Henne may be the starter, but when the Jaguars' season continues to go nowhere as it has for the past three seasons, the franchise will have no choice but to put their trust in the hands of Bortles, whether he's truly ready or not.

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