By Eighty Six @86ThePoet on August 23, 2014
Let's go on a magical journey, Jacksonville Jaguars fans, to a fantastic world where everything goes right for Gus Bradley and his crew and it goes right immediately. 2014 ends with a trip to the playoffs, a feeling that everything is sailing smoothly and at least five jags in the Pro Bowl. If Bradley's hard work comes to fruition this year, who will taste the pineapple in Honolulu?
As former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley loves former Seahawks. He knows them well, so when Clemons came on the market, Bradley snatched up him and Red Bryant. Clemons had at least 11 sacks every year from 2010 to 2012 before tearing his ACL. Back to full health, he can be back to double digit sacks and perhaps a Pro Bowl spot. Bryant and Clemons wanted to stay together. They could be a great duo.
I don't expect Bortles to get the starting job from Chad Henne easily, but in our dream scenario, the rookie would be the star. If Henne falters or is injured early, Bortles can step in as savior. He has the size and poise to be a stud QB. He's completed 62% of his passes so far in three preseason games. The weapons around him are pretty good if you hit them in the hands. If the Super Bowl QB makes the Pro Bowl, Bortles could be an alternate.
If Bortles is a Pro Bowl QB, then someone will be catching his passes. Lewis missed six games last year with a calf injury but is in great health this year after a rigorous offseason. In 2010 he made the Pro Bowl with 700 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He will be a big part of the Jags' success this year. A 6-foot-6, 272-pound experienced tight end is a rookie quarterback's best friend.
And if Bortles and Lewis make the Pro Bowl, someone must catch deep passes. Shorts is ready to break out after 1756 yards and 10 scores in the last two years. The team has been gentle with him after he strained a hamstring early in training camp. If Bortles finds a rhythm, Shorts is the most likely beneficiary. Over 1000 yards and nearly 100 catches with double-digit touchdowns are possible. Then NFL fans might know who he is.
Posluszny made the Pro Bowl last year after 162 tackles, ranking second in the league. He is a leader on the field and in the locker room. For six straight years, he has achieved at least 110 tackles. The Jaguars' defensive success hinges on Posluszny. If Jacksonville has a dream year and returns to the playoffs under Gus Bradley, Posluszny will have a humongous season and burst from obscurity.
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