The Jacksonville Jaguars have (once again) added a ton of talent to their roster in both free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft — including A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell, Leonard Fournette, and Cam Robinson. In all, there will likely be seven new starters on the team, but some of those players are expected to make more of an impact than others.
Let’s take a look at the new additions expected to make the biggest impact on the Jaguars’ 2017 roster.
Considered to be the best cornerback on the free agent market, Bouye had a breakout season with the Houston Texans in 2016. Starting 11 games in place of an injured Kevin Johnson, Bouye allowed only 47.9% of his targets to be completed, averaging only 10.8 yards per reception (per Matt Harmon of NFL.com). He had one interception and 16 defended passes in 2016, and has recorded six interceptions and 32 defended passes in his four year career.
Coming off of an eight sack season, the 30 year old pass rusher has recorded 56.5 sacks and forced eight fumbles in nine seasons. He adds tons of experience to Jacksonville’s young and growing pass rush, and will likely be moved around the entire defensive line to get to the quarterback.
The pick of Fournette definitely signals the Jaguars want to be more of a physical smash mouth team, so their offense will match what the defense put on the field last season. Fournette is a supremely talented running back who can punish defenses with power and get chunks of yardage with speed, if the blocking in front of him paves him the way. He's not the most agile running back, but when Fournette has running lane, he picks up speed quickly and can hit the home run.
The Jaguars needed someone who can compete right away as the starter for at least the left or right guard position, and with Branden Albert missing in action I wouldn’t be surprised if they let Robinson compete right away for the starting left tackle position.
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