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Jaguars have started rookies and second-year players at most positions

The Jaguars wanted a total rebuild starting in 2013, so they went with young players at key positions. Just how many positions? Well, most of them.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are a young team. We know this. We look at the roster and see all those R's, 1's, and 2's in the "Experience" column, and yet we (including myself) still forget on Sundays just how much we're relying on guys one or two years out of college to carry a professional football team.

Stevie Howlin, a regular on #JaguarsTwitter and one of the only Jaguars fans I know of in Cork, Ireland, tweeted out on Monday just how many young players the Jaguars have started this season alone and it may ease some of the frustration you've had with their inconsistent play this year.

Who are those players?

QB: Blake Bortles

RB: Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson

WR: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee

LT: Luke Joeckel

C: Luke Bowanko

RG: Brandon Linder

MLB: Jeremiah George

OLB: Telvin Smith and LaRoy Reynolds

FS: Josh Evans

SS: Jonathan Cyprien

CB: Dwayne Gratz and Demetrius McCray

*The Jaguars have also used cornerback Aaron Colvin, defensive tackle Abry Jones, and offensive tackle Josh Wells in at least 100 snaps so far this season, despite the fact they've never technically "started".

That's 19 players, nine rookies and 10 second-year players, who have started or played extensively for the Jaguars this year.

Like I said, I'm right with most everyone else in being frustrated when this team is within arm's length of a victory and can't finish it, like last week against the Baltimore Ravens. But it puts things in a better perspective going forward in these final two games and into the offseason.