The Jacksonville Jaguars need a bounce back season this year. After going 10-6 and reaching the AFC Championship in 2017, the team sunk to 5-11 in 2018 — thanks largely to an anemic offense and a historically bad season from quarterback Blake Bortles.
So, who on the team needs a bounce back season the most? ESPN thinks it’s offensive lineman Andrew Norwell who sustained a calf injury in training camp which lingered into the season and forced him to go on season ending injured reserve before the year was up.
Andrew Norwell, G
2018 PFF overall grade: 66.7
What went wrong in 2018: A prized free agent in 2018, Norwell signed a lucrative deal with the Jaguars after four seasons of above-average play with the Carolina Panthers. He was sidelined due to injury for five games, which probably had an impact on his overall performance. He earned career-low marks in run-blocking grade (57.1) and overall grade in his debut season with Jacksonville. Health permitting, Norwell should see his grades jump up significantly this season. — Austin Gayle, PFF
Outlook for 2019: Norwell hurt his calf in training camp and that injury lingered and impacted him in the 11 games he played before going on IR last season. He’s healthy now, which will make a big difference. Norwell also should benefit from having LT Cam Robinson next to him at some point (Robinson is coming off a torn ACL and will be cleared sometime before the season opener). The Jaguars were on their fourth-string left tackle by the time last season ended. Norwell should have everything in place to prove he deserved the big contract the Jaguars gave him last year (five years, $66.5 million). — Mike DiRocco
It’s hard to argue for a player who needs to bounce back more than Norwell. The only other player I could see listing here is Leonard Fournette, who is at a crossroads this year and needs a big 2019 to convince the team not to go in a different direction next offseason.
What do you think? Is Andrew Norwell the guy who needs to bounce back most? Or is it Leonard Fournette? Let us know in the comments below!