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2018 NFL power rankings: Jaguars drop to No. 8 after free agency

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the eighth-best team in the NFL right now, if ESPN’s post-free agency power rankings are to be believed.

ESPN said it created a “power panel” of 80 writers, editors, TV personalities, and more to create their ranking, then compared it to their “way-too-early” power rankings posted immediately after the Super Bowl. This latest version of the power rankings is “based on which teams would win head-to-head. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams.”

In their way-too-early rankings, the Jaguars were the No. 5 team in the league. Now after free agency they’ve gone down, I’m guessing because of departures in what was already a mediocre passing game — wide receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson left in free agency and tight end Marcedes Lewis was cut.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars

2017 record: 10-6

Way-too-early ranking: 5

The Jaguars saw a huge turnaround in 2017 and are continuing to build on that success. No team ran more between the tackles in 2017, so they signed an All-Pro guard in Andrew Norwell to help. No team had fewer receptions at tight end last season, so they signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins to fix that.

My opinion? The No. 8 spot is where the Jaguars should have been all along. Crowning them as a top-five team with the offense they currently have is a bit of an overstatement. That defense is one of the best in the league, but while Blake Bortles is under center and the top two receivers are Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief, I have a hard time seeing this team moving past “they’re good enough to win the AFC South but not contend for a Super Bowl” status in 2018.

What do you think? Is the No. 8 spot too high, too low, or just right for this Jaguars team?