The Jacksonville Jaguars are entering Year 8 of their rebuild under general manager Dave Caldwell and things do not look promising for the 2020 NFL season.
Gardner Minshew, while talented, is still largely a question mark at quarterback. The run defense is still suspect. The most talented player is a training camp holdout. The offense has one legitimate superstar in D.J. Chark. The tight ends room is a patchwork group with Tyler Eifert leading the charge.
Do not expect a playoff run this year.
ESPN’s Mike DiRocco was tasked with explaining the floor and ceiling for this year’s roster and he agrees — it’ll likely finish somewhere in the neighborhood of five or six wins.
Ceiling: 7-9 | Floor: 3-13
Biggest variable: Whether the defensive line depth steps up. The Jaguars took steps to fix their run defense (139 yards per game) in the offseason, but the two biggest additions won’t play in 2020. Nose tackle Al Woods opted out because of the coronavirus, and defensive lineman Rodney Gunter is stepping away because of a heart condition. They’re two of the six defensive linemen who are out for all or significant parts of the season for various reasons. The Jaguars are going to have to rely on rookies (especially DaVon Hamilton) and lesser-known free agents to play significant roles. — Mike DiRocco
We agree. After free agency and the NFL Draft, we went through the season game by game and came away with a 6-10 prediction for the year. Not an unmitigated disaster (like 2018) but enough for another top-10 draft pick and more question marks hanging over our heads at this time next year.