With the NFL season just around the corner, Andy Benoit is previewing every NFL team in reverse order of last season’s finish. Up today: the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished 10–6 in 2017.
1. Blake Bortles is better than his harshest critics claim, but his flaws are real. Many stem from simply not being a natural thrower. Bortles’s motion is slow and clunky, and his release point is low. The result is inconsistent precision accuracy. When that inconsistency accumulates for negative stretches, it spills into Bortles’s decision-making and pocket poise.
The biggest fashion experiment in American professional sports is finally, and mercifully, over.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ gold and black two-tone helmets were dumped following the 2017 season as part of a uniform overhaul. In addition to redesigned jerseys -- including ones in teal and crisp white with black numbers -- Jaguars players are now sporting glossy black helmets. Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, had a heavy hand in the redesign, especially when it came to the helmets.
This first batch of my CBSSports.com Power Rankings is always the one you should print and save – if you like torturing me come late December, giving you even more holiday cheer.
That’s because as much as we think we know this league, we usually don’t. From year to year, even in a season like this one where it looks pretty predictable, it usually veers way off course.
The Oakland Raiders made an insane trade over the weekend, sending arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL in Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. The Raiders netted two first round picks in the deal, but didn’t just send Mack. The Bears also got a second round pick in the deal, which... seems insane.