Predicting the Jacksonville Jaguars starters on offense


The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2012, but it could be markedly better in 2013 after just a few additions and if the play at quarterback improves.

The biggest question going forward for the Jacksonville Jaguars offense is who will be starting at the quarterback position. We know that it will be an open competition and as it stands right now, third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the likely favorite to win the gig.

So how will the rest of the offense shake out?

1. It's unlikely one of the other quarterbacks on the roster usurps Gabbert prior to the start of the regular season. Chad Henne is still on the roster for now, but the way the team is operating it sounds like the starting job is Gabbert's to lose more than anything else. I have a hard time seeing an undrafted rookie (Matt Scott, Jordan Rodgers) winning the gig.

2. The running back position will be manned by Maurice Jones-Drew, obviously, but we could see more of a rotation than we have in years past. The team added Justin Forsett to the mix, who's a good rotational player and fit in a zone blocking scheme. The team also added Denard Robinson as a "running back" and will want to get the ball in his hands a few times a game. You also have to factor in Lonnie Pryor, depending on how much he shows in the preseason and how much Jedd Fisch wants to involve the fullback into the offense.

3. The tight end position should have Lewis as the starter once again, but as Adam Stites pointed out, having a competent right tackle should allow Lewis to be more involved in the passing game like he was in the 2010 season. Behind Lewis however, is the big question. The Jaguars have a lot of young players at the position and my guess right now is that undrafted rookie Ryan Otten will wind up the primary backup at the tight end position.

4. The offensive line should be pretty much set, given that Will Rackley is back from the injury that sidelined him for the 2012 season. Outside of the left guard spot, the Jaguars should return their starters at left tackle, center, and right guard with first-round pick Luke Joeckel slotted in as the starting right tackle. With Joeckel on the right side, it should give the Jaguars one of the best offensive lines overall they've put on the field in quite some time.

5. The real interesting area will be the wide receiver position, especially through the first four games due to the suspension of second-year player Justin Blackmon. Cecil Shorts III will be one of the Jaguars outside receivers, but the other receiver will be a battle in training camp. My guess right now is that Mohammed Massaquoi serves that role in Blackmon's absence with a battle for playing time at the slot receiver position between Jordan Shipley, Ace Sanders, and maybe even Denard Robinson.

Starting lineup prediction:

QB: Blaine Gabbert
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
FB: Lonnie Pryor
WR: Cecil Shorts III
WR: Mohammed Massaquoi (Justin Blackmon)
TE: Marcedes Lewis
LT: Eugene Monroe
LG: Will Rackley
OC: Brad Meester
RG: Uche Nwaneri
RT: Luke Joeckel

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