Jacksonville Jaguars: The 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading Into 2014

The 5 Biggest Red Flags Facing The Jacksonville Jaguars In 2014

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were again one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2013. After starting out the season a league-worst 0-8, the team finished with four wins in its last eight games to avoid having the league's worst record for the second consecutive year. Entering 2014 with a new franchise quarterback in Blake Bortles, the team will hope to reverse its fortunes. However, here are the five biggest red flags facing the Jags entering 2014.

5. Unproven Wide Receivers

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5. Unproven Wide Receivers

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The team will likely miss Justin Blackmon for most, if not all of the 2014 season. As a result, the Jags drafted Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round, both highly-acclaimed receivers who had outstanding collegiate careers. At the beginning of the season, the Jags will start veterans Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts at the two receiver positions. However, what they're really hoping for is the development of Lee and Robinson.

4. Questions At Blindside Tackle

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4. Questions At Blindside Tackle

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Luke Joeckel was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL Draft with the expectation that he'd be the franchise left tackle for the next decade. Well, that remains to be seen considering Joeckel had played less than one half as a rookie at his natural position before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Joeckel's development as the franchise left tackle will go a long way toward determining the team's success.

3. Toby Gerhart As A Full-Time RB

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3. Toby Gerhart As A Full-Time RB

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Toby Gerhart was an outstanding collegiate running back at Stanford and was solid as a backup running back to Adrian Peterson with the Minnesota Vikings over the last four seasons. However, Gerhart has never been a full-time ball carrier in the NFL and has just 276 carries for 1,305 yards in his NFL career. The Jags likely want Gerhart to carry the football nearly 300 times this upcoming season. That might pose a problem.

2. The Lack of Pass Rushing

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2. The Lack of Pass Rushing

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The Jaguars finished with just 31 sacks in the NFL last season, tied for the lowest mark of any NFL team in 2013. As a result of the lackadaisical pass rush, the organization signed former Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, while adding former Pittsburgh Steeler Ziggy Hood. However, the Jags also released their leading sack man from 2013 in Jason Babin during the offseason.

1. Who Exactly is the Starting QB?

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1. Who Exactly is the Starting QB?

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The Jaguars' brass has made it very clear that it has no intentions of starting No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles during his rookie season. However, the fact that the Jaguars are a franchise heading nowhere, combined with the heightened expectations due to the selection of Bortles, likely means Jacksonville will start Bortles at some point during the season. Regardless, the Jags have Chad Henne and Bortles as their starting QB's for 2014.