Jaguars Ready To Seize AFC By Storm Potentially

Today, our featured NFL team in the preview of the day is the Jacksonville Jaguars, an intriguing unit who could finish anywhere from drafting in the Top 10 in April to the AFC championship so let's begin.


For starters, while David Garrard is never esteemed as one of the NFL's elite signal-callers, much like Kyle Orton for my Broncos, he is never bad enough to get tossed out the door on his rear end.


The Jaguars brought in highly-regarded draft pick Blaine Gabbert, a Missouri product, and while he performed fairly well last week against New England, I still don't see Garrard being usurped, at least not right away.


Whether it is Garrard or Gabbert who earns the distinction to lead the Jacksonville offense, the starter will have the luxury of playing with a solid backfield in Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings.


Much to the chagrin of fantasy geeks (I'm a fantasy player and a statistician by trade but I don't fawn over stats endlessly because eventually I have to go to work and have a life), Jones-Drew's carries will likely go down as Jennings asserts himself more fully as a crucial component of the offense.


Of course, tight ends are always a signal-caller's best friend and for my money no one in the NFL is better than Marcedes Lewis, a 6'6" specimen who already has 17 touchdowns as he enters his sixth season.


While Mike Sims-Walker has departed for St. Louis, Mike Thomas is a reliable wideout who should have his breakout campaign in 2011.


Defensively, the Jags boast one of the league's best cornerbacks in Rashean Mathis while the acquisition of Paul Posluszny should only help Jacksonville be a more hard-hitting defense in the image of their coach, Jack Del Rio.


Last year, I disregarded the Jaguars and for much of the season, I looked like a fool as for the most part, they were able to fend off perennial division power Indianapolis until a late matchup when the Colts stole one from the Jags late.


This team is as good as it wants to be so nothing will surprise me concerning how they do.


I think the Jaguars will probably win eight to nine games, possibly as many as 12 but as always, they are the professionals, I am the pundit and they have their prerogative to prove me wrong if they so desire.


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