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5 Reasons Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Won’t Win the AFC South

5 Reasons Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Won't Win the AFC South

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Since the NFL division realignment in 2002, the Jacksonville Jaguars have never won the AFC South. With the team still in the building process, don’t expect that to change in 2014. Here are five reasons why the Jaguars won’t win their division this season, yet again.

5. Young and Largely Unproven Receiving Corps

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5. Young and Largely Unproven Receiving Corps

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Cecil Shorts III and Tandon Doss are the oldest players on the Jaguars’ wide receiver depth chart, having played three seasons in the NFL. Other than that, the team has a bunch of rookies and sophomores fighting for roster spots. Besides Shorts, the Jaguars have no proven threats at the position, as Justin Blackmon will not be seeing the field in 2014.

4. J.J. Watt and Jadaveon Clowney

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4. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney

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The Jaguars’ offensive line was atrocious last season, allowing 50 sacks — only the Miami Dolphins gave up more. Although the team made upgrades during the offseason, most notably the signing of Zane Beadles, the offensive line will definitely struggle at times during 2014. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they will have to face the league’s most promising pass rushing duo of Watt and Clowney twice.

3. Lack of True No. 1 Corner

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3. Lack of True No. 1 Corner

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The AFC South boasts some excellent receivers, including Hakeem Nicks, T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Kendall Wright. A weakness of the Jaguars’ roster is the absence of a true top corner. The likes of Alan Ball, Will Blackmon, and Dwayne Gratz just don’t measure up to the formidable receivers in the division.

2. Chad Henne

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2. Chad Henne

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A telling statistic about Chad Henne: his interception total in a season has never eclipsed his touchdown total. The touchdown-interception ratio is one of the main attributes of a successful quarterback, so this is concerning. But it’s not like the Jags have a viable Plan B for quarterback, as Blake Bortles is not ready to start yet.

1. Strength of Indianapolis Colts

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1. Strength of Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts are the owners of a budding young quarterback in Andrew Luck, two game-changing receivers in T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks, and an elite pass rusher in Robert Mathis (although he will miss the first four games of 2014). The well-balanced and potent nature of the Colts will make it tough for any other team to win the AFC South, let alone a team that hasn’t won a division title since the Clinton administration.