We're two months away from preseason, but with the Jacksonville Jaguars a week into OTA practices, the national media is already predicting who they think will take a big step forwards in their NFL careers.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports believes second-year players quarterback Blake Bortles and linebacker Telvin Smith are both "breakout player" candidates for 2015 -- or a player who has never been to a Pro Bowl, but stands a good chance to get there soon.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles: At times last season, he played with as many as five other rookies on offense. That's tough on any quarterback, let alone one who's a rookie himself. The offensive style didn't help either. But there is a new coordinator and Bortles has spent a ton of time working on his mechanics, which needed fixing. That will lead to more accuracy, but the biggest thing will be his experience, as well as those around him.
Jaguars LB Telvin Smith: He made a ton of plays as a 220-pound rookie. Now that he's heavier -- and just as fast -- look for more big plays from this speedy linebacker. His ability to cover a lot of ground shows up on tape. With a better understanding of his assignments, he should be able to take it to the next level.
If we're talking first-time Pro Bowl players, I think second-year guard Brandon Linder stands just as good a chance as these two, if not better.
And for the record, the rest of the AFC South had just one player on the list -- Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack.