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.
In 2014 the #Jaguars have started a rookie or 2nd year player at least once at QB, RB, WR1, WR2, LT, C, RG, MLB, WLB, FS, SS, CB1, CB2, LS— Stevie Ho-Ho-Howlin (@IrishJaguar) December 15, 2014
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.