2021 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans have big expectations for rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the most exciting players to come out of college in years. Even if he falls short, Lawrence should be able to top last season’s record of 1–15. He will have his college teammate, Travis Etienne, behind him in the backfield. Urban Meyer, a legendary college coach, will lead a very young club into battle—with more of an eye on the future than on 2021.
2020 Season Roundup: It wasn’t that long ago that the Jaguars came within a couple of plays of reaching the Super Bowl. In 2020, they opened the year with a win and then lost their next 15 games. Jacksonville should solve their quarterback problem with the top pick in the draft, and already named their new coach for 2021, Florida and Ohio State legend Urban Meyer. Among the few bright spots for the club was running back James Robinson’s 1,000-yard rookie season.
2020 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans are keeping their fingers crossed that star running back Leonard Fournette can make it through the 2020 season without a major injury. That will help quarterback Gardner Minshew continue the progress he made in 2019. Coach Doug Marrone will be giving a lot of young players a chance to prove themselves this season. If enough come through, the Jaguars can go shopping for free agents and return to the playoffs in 2021.
2019 Season Roundup: The Jaguars’ season ended almost before it began when quarterback Nick Foles broke his collarbone in the opening game. Gardner Minshew played very well in his place, and Leonard Fournette had a nice year, but the defense just couldn’t get the job done and the team finished 6–10.
September 8, 2019: Rookie Gardner Minshew completed 22 of 25 passes to set a record for the best completion percentage (88%) by a quarterback in his first NFL game.
2019 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans still can’t believe their team lost 11 games in 2018 after nearly reaching the Super Bowl the year before. In 2019, they will be cheering for quarterback Nick Foles, who has a knack for turning teams around. Who will step up to be his main receiver is difficult to say early on. What everyone knows for sure is that the team will put a rugged defense on the field every week, thanks to a good secondary and pass rushers Marcell Dareus, Calais Campbell, and first-round pick Josh Allen.
2018 Season Roundup: The Jaguars looked like contenders in the season’s first month, but the offense struggled the rest of the way and the team finished with just five victories. Running back Leonard Fournette was not healthy until November and did not have a 100-yard game. Jalen Ramsey and veteran Calais Campbell led a defense that kept the Jags in most games.
2018 Season Preview: Do the Jaguars have the talent to make it back to the AFC title game in 2018? That depends on the continued improvement of quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette. With better players on the line this year, that is a real possibility. As for the defense, it is almost unimprovable.
2017 Season Roundup: The Jaguars went 10–6 and won two close playoff games against the Bills and Steelers to reach the AFC championship game. After taking an early lead, they fell to the Patriots, 24–20. The secret to Jacksonville’s success was its defense, which was #1 in the NFL. Six defensive players were picked to play in the Pro Bowl. The Jags also had the league’s best rushing offense. Rookie Leonard Fournette ran for more than 1,000 yards and QB Blake Bortles had his best season, with 3,687 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.
2017 Season Preview: Jacksonville fans still can’t believe their team only won 3 games in 2016. The Jags had the talent to keep games close, but not quite enough to rack up victories. That is likely to change in 2017, thanks to new players like running back Leonard Fournette and an improved defensive line.
2016 Season Roundup: Back-to-back wins over the Colts and Bears in October gave Jacksonville fans a glimmer of hope, but the team did not win again until Christmas Eve and finished 3–13. Blake Bortles started all 16 games at quarterback, but lacked the weapons to win close games. The team’s defensive star was rookie Yannick Ngakoue, who had eight sacks and an interception.
2016 Season Preview: The Jaguars were very busy after their disappointing 5-win season in 2015. They added tons of talent through trades, free agent signings and the draft. New running back Chris Ivory joins three players who improved greatly last season—quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Depending on how long it takes the new faces on defense to mesh, the Jaguars could end up 6–10, 10–6 or anywhere in between.
2015 Season Preview: Young Blake Bortles handled the ups and downs of a rookie quarterback with great poise last year. He has better blockers and receivers this season, so the Jaguars figure to score. Can they keep opponents out of the end zone? A weak pass rush may make that difficult.
September 2, 2014: Jacksonville has a good mix of veteran stars and young prospects, led by rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. The starting job is his to win and hold in 2014, and Jaguar fans can’t wait until he gets a few wins under his belt. The Jags could surprise a few good teams this year, especially if their run-blocking improves.
September 4, 2013: New coach Gus Bradley has plans to turn the Jaguars into a winner in 2013, but those plans hinge on a breakout year from quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Does he have it in him? With the exception of Maurice Jones-Drew, Gabbert may not get much help from the offense…or the defense, which Bradley is in the process of rebuilding. The good news for Jags fans is a great draft. Rookies Luke Joeckel, Johnathan Cyprien, and Dwayne Gratz could be making headlines before the season is over.
February 2, 2013: The Jaguars didn’t make much progress in 2012, going 2–14. One of the few bright spots was Justin Blackmon, who caught 64 passes in his rookie year.
Summer, 2012: The Jaguars have a new owner in 2012, Shahid Khan, a Pakistani-born American business executive. Khan will look for improvement from young quarterback Blaine Gabbert and a defense that was one of the softest in the NFL in 2011.