5 Early Predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 Season

5 Early Predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars' 2014 Season

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the NFL's worst teams in 2013. However, coming into this season, things are looking up for the organization. The Jaguars attacked free agency, landing several quality pieces, and brought in exciting young talent in the draft. The 2014 season could be a surprising year for Jacksonville and its fans. Here are five bold predictions for the season.

5. Storm Johnson will rush for over 500 yards

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5. Storm Johnson will rush for over 500 yards

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The Jaguars selected running back Storm Johnson in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While Johnson is not at the top of the depth chart coming into camp, he may end up there by the end of the season. The UCF product is a big, physical back who runs well between the tackles. He has a chance to be Alfred Morris 2.0 and surprise people his rookie year.

4. Marqise Lee will lead the team in receiving

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4. Marqise Lee will lead the team in receiving

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Marqise Lee is another Jags rookie who shows promise. Lee is a polished wideout with good route-running ability. He and fellow rookie Allen Robinson will be counted in the passing game due to the indefinite suspension of Justin Blackmon. Look for Lee to be a difference-maker in Jacksonville's offense and lead the team in receiving yards.

3. Luke Joeckel will emerge as a franchise left tackle

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3. Luke Joeckel will emerge as a franchise left tackle

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Former second-overall pick Luke Joeckel missed the majority of his rookie year with an ankle injury. Jockel is now fully recovered and projected to be the starting left tackle for Jacksonville. His combination of size and athleticism will help him in becoming a centerpiece along the Jaguars' line for years to come.

2. The Jags will finish in the top-half of the NFL in total defense

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2. The Jags will finish in the top-half of the NFL in total defense

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The Jaguars finished tied for 27th overall in total defense in 2013. This offseason, Jacksonville addressed their poor defense by adding veteran players such as Chris Clemons and Red Bryant to solidify their defensive line. With an improved front-seven and emerging players in their secondary, the Jags have a chance to be a drastically improved defensive team in 2014.

1. Blake Bortles will be the starting quarterback by Week 10

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1. Blake Bortles will be the starting quarterback by Week 10

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Chad Henne is projected to enter the season as Jacksonville's starting quarterback, but look for rookie Blake Bortles to assume the role before the season is over. The Jags are still a year or two away from playoff contention, so they might as well give the rookie an opportunity to gain experience towards the end of the year.

 

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