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2018 Jacksonville Jaguars starters: Predicting all 22 players

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The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t have a lot of new faces when it comes to their starting offense and defense. In fact, besides a receiver, tight end, left guard, and slot cornerback, all the starters are returning.

That’s... impressive.

This is a roster that was within one bad quarter of its first Super Bowl appearance and NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal is predicting who will be the starting 22 on both sides of the ball come the regular season opener — barring injury of course.

Projected offense

QB: Blake Bortles

RB: Leonard Fournette

WR: Marqise Lee

WR: Donte Moncrief

WR: Dede Westbrook

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

LT: Cam Robinson

LG: Andrew Norwell

C: Brandon Linder

RG: A.J. Cann

RT: Jermey Parnell

Projected defense

DE: Calais Campbell

DT: Malik Jackson

DT: Marcell Dareus

DE: Yannick Ngakoue

OLB: Telvin Smith

MLB: Myles Jack

CB: Jalen Ramsey

CB: A.J. Bouye

CB: D.J. Hayden

S: Barry Church

S: Tashaun Gipson

Observations

The Jaguars brought back nearly the entire defense that destroyed the league a year ago. Pulling off an encore will be difficult, but the defensive line shouldn’t slip much with a full season from Marcell Dareus. First-round pick Taven Bryan will come off the bench and former No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler remains a sub.

One of the only changes on defense will come from Myles Jack moving to middle linebacker on every down. The team also downgraded at slot cornerback after losing Aaron Colvin. The lack of cornerback depth makes keeping A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey healthy a key. Jacksonville was one of the healthiest teams in football last season and had a favorable schedule — two factors that aren’t likely to repeat.

The Jags have done everyone possible to make Blake Bortles feel more comfortable. They gave him a new contract, no competition and a stronger offensive line. Even after losing Allen Robinson, the depth at receiver is strong. Keelan Cole played well last year, but Dede Westbrook’s upside is higher. Second-round pick D.J. Chark will also be a threat, especially if free-agent pickup Donte Moncrief doesn’t pan out. There are five promising wideouts here, and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins might have been a steal in free agency.

It speaks to the Jaguars’ stability that their battle royale for receiver snaps is practically the only unsettled position on either side of the ball.

This is boring, even for a dead zone article. But that’s the point, right? There won’t really be any major training camp battles — unless you count D.J. Chark breaking into the second or third receiver spot as a major training camp battle.

And that’s a good thing! This isn’t some 3-13 roster experiencing zero turnover. This was a roster that, save for a few spots, was minutes away from sending the greatest quarterback in league history home in the AFC Championship in his house.

See you in February, Jaguars.