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2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown: #32 Jacksonville Jaguars

Each day, Mile High Report will reveal the next pre-season ranked team. Today, we start with the poor Jacksonville Jaguars who are just getting no respect!
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The Jacksonville Jaguars were the consensus worst team in the NFL last season, even though they didn’t quite finish with the worst record in football. I am doubtful the Jaguars turn the corner this year, even if they did everything short of throwing out the kitchen sink to get the job done in 2014.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 Record: 4-12)

With a rookie quarterback, rookie wide receivers, and newly signed free agents all over the place, upper management needs to exercise restraint and patience to allow this team to develop. If they can do that, then maybe this team begins to improve a few years down the road. If not, then they'll likely ruin the efforts they have made this offseason.

Key Losses: Blaine Gabbert, Maurice Jones-Drew, Taylor Price, Justin Forsett

Key Acquisitions: Red Bryant, Chris Clemons, Dekoda Watson, Zane Beadles, Ziggy Hood, Toby Gerhart, Tandon Doss

I really wasn’t impressed with the moves the Jaguars made in free agency. They vastly overpaid Zane Beadles and brought in borderline talent to start for them. However, they certainly drafted for the future in the 2014 NFL Draft, but I question whether or not they will stick with it for the time needed to have this draft class pan out. My guess is, they will ruin the class with multiple coaching staff changes over the next few years.

If this team is able to show flashes in 2014, then the Jaguars regular season schedule is setup for at least a few more wins than last year. Unfortunately, I just don’t see it coming together until later in the season due to all of the new faces.

Projected Record: 3-13

MHR Staff Rankings

AVG StDev Kyle Tim Ian Topher Pete Scotty Jacob Jon Mike Laurie
30.6 1.58 31 29 32 27 31 31 32 30 32 31

MHR Staff Commentary

Kyle: Zane Beadles goes from protecting Peyton Manning to protecting Blake Bortles. Or Chad Henne. Money talks.

Pete: They added Blake Bortles, but who is he going to throw to, two 2nd round rookies? When was the last time 2nd round rookies helped their rookie QB win games? The one WR (Justin Blackmon) isn’t coming back, so they are hurting in the offensive firepower game. Rookie QBs rarely make huge impacts which means that the Jags can expect roughly the same season if not worse than last year.

Topher: The Jags have improved their offensive line, quarterback, and wide receivers as well as their entire defense. While I still only expect 4-6 wins, I don’t think they will be as bad as they were last year. This team is rebuilding about every position on their team and they are off to a good, but slow, start.

The Jags are on their way up, but will still be near the basement in 2014. 4-6 wins. - Jacob Dearlove, MHR

Jacob: The picks of Blake Bortles, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson, as well as the addition of Zane Beadles on the offensive line and Toby Gerhart in the backfield has the Jaguars offense looking much better than it did last year. Gerhart will be at least as good as an aging MJD was in 2013, Bortles can’t be worse than Henne, and Lee and Robinson give the Jags two legitimate targets for him to throw to. The additions of former Seahawks, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons on the defensive line were two underrated signings that will help greatly. The Jags are on their way up, but will still be near the basement in 2014. 4-6 wins.

Mike: Blake Bortles? Chad Henne? With the 1st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Tim Tebow

Laurie: I think the Jags made some good moves in the off season but I bet they end up with a quarterback controversy that’s going to keep them from taking advantage of other good offensive acquisitions like Zane Beadles and Toby Gerhart.