By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 14, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the worst franchises in recent history, but the team has put together a stellar offseason in 2014 and will look to building that momentum towards an AFC South division crown. Here are the five biggest reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars will win the AFC South in 2014.
Jacksonville made Blake Bortles the first QB selected in the 2014 NFL Draft and will likely allow the youngster to compete with incumbent starter QB Chad Henne. Henne has shown the ability to lead a team when healthy, but will have to fend off the young Bortles, who was thought to be the most NFL-ready QB available in the 2014 class. Bortles vs Henne will lead to stability at the QB position; something Jacksonville hasn't had in quite some time.
Jacksonville has quite a young and talented roster, but not too many outside of the Jacksonville fan base will admit such a claim. With players such as Denard Robinson, Cecil Shorts III, Jordan Toddman and many others, Jacksonville has a speedy and reliable offense full of skilled players. The team, in a way, resembles a much less polished version of the Seattle Seahawks. These players will fill their roles and do nothing more.
Whoever the QB is for Jacksonville this season will have a great trio of receivers to throw the football to in 2014. Rookie Marqise Lee is about as polished as they come as a route runner and could have been the second or third receiver taken in the 2014 draft. Rookie Allen Robinson provides a big red-zone type body with No. 1 receiver capabilities. And Cecil Shorts III is perhaps the most underrated receiver in the NFL.
Johnathan Cyprien had quite a stellar rookie campaign for Jacksonville, but his sophomore season is where he will really take his game to a new level. Cyprien is a do-it-all safety who possesses the ball-hawking capabilities of a Earl Thomas, but also presents the tackling capabilities of an Eric Berry. Cyprien will add stability to a strikingly good looking young secondary in Jacksonville. They have a young star on their hands in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville put in an attempt this offseason to become a much more physical team upfront on both sides of the football by adding players such as G Zane Beadles, DE Chris Clemons and DE/DT Red Bryant among many others. These players will not only add a level of toughness to Jacksonville's squad, but they also bring a level of leadership and experience to a very young and talented football team. Jacksonville has the leaders to compete now.
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