This Jacksonville Jaguars roster has a lot of question marks, so let’s look back at some of the historically great players from this franchise and decide which one we’d rather have back on the 2017 team.
Which former Jaguars player would you have back on the current team?
The Jaguars’ biggest question mark right now is Blake Bortles. It’s also the most important position on the team and, frankly, the spot holding us back from an AFC South title. Bortles’ play in 2017 will be the difference between 3-13 and a home playoff game in January.
That’s why I’m going after David Garrard, not the most celebrated quarterback in this team’s history, but the one most suited to fit well on how this offense is currently built.
A fourth-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Garrard took on a backup role in 2003 when first-round pick Byron Leftwich was given the starting spot. It wasn't until his sixth season in the NFL that the Jaguars elected to release Leftwich and make Garrard the full-time starter, which he found immediate success in — throwing 18 touchdowns and three interceptions to lead the Jaguars to the divisional round of the playoffs.
This offense is built on two assumptions — the running game will get better and the quarterback will make less mistakes.
With the No. 4 overall pick invested in Leonard Fournette and a second round pick invested in Cam Robinson, I think it’s a fair expectation that the running game will get better. It’s not a fair assumption, but it’s a fair expectation.
But Bortles is still a huge question mark and with the way he is worse in nearly ever statistical category in games that he throws less passes, I want the opposite. I want a guy who will go 15-for-24 for 189 yards, two touchdowns, and zero picks. This team wins the division last year if that’s Bortles’ stat line in all 16 games.
Now, let’s remember better times
Which Jaguars great would you want on this current team?