Primed to Shine in 2016

After being the laughingstock of the league last year, the Jaguars offense has quietly started to become a powerhouse in 2015.

They have blooming stars at all of the key skilled positions, and are poised to be even better next season.  

  QB-Blake Bortles

Just two years after being selected 3rd overall by the Jaguars, Bortles has shown the maturity and consistent performance to become the franchize’s quarterback of the future.

With one game left in the season he already has 11 games with multiple passing touchdowns, and 3 games with 4 or more TDs, and at least 300 yards.

In order to teach his full potential, he will need to cut back on interceptions (16), and improve his efficiency on 3rd downs. 

That should start to happen naturally in the upcoming year as he moves into his 3rd year of leading this team and becomes even more comfortable with his supporting cast.

For now his 4189 yards, and 35 passing TDs, coupled with 310 yards, and 2 rushing TDs, through 15 games should start to open some eyes to his dynamic potential. 

  WR-Allen Robinson

Due to an injury that cut last season short by 6 games, Robinson came into this year as the team’s best kept secret. That secret didn’t last long as he burst onto the scene as one of the top young playmakers in the league.

In week 2, Robinson had 155 yards, and 2 TDs on 6 receptions, as he began to establish himself as the go to guy for this young offense.

It was the first of three games in which he had at least 6 catches, 151 yards, and 1 TD. 

Not only did he start the season well, but he has had 7 touchdowns in his last 5 games, to accompany 25 receptions, and 421 yards.

With 75 receptions, 1292 yards,and 14 touchdowns, in 15 games so far this year, Robinson should be primed for an even stronger 2016, as he also enters his 3rd season in the league, and should definitely provide this offensive a dynamic weapon to build around. 

 WR-Allen Hurns

After starting out as a sort of decoy and big play novelty, Hurns has become a flat out beast, and has turned into the “wild card” for this offense.

He is definitely less polished than Robinson, but has shown that he can be every bit as explosive and consistent, as he had a streak of 7 games where he hauled in a TD.

For now he makes a way more than qualified 2nd receiver, and with his passion and sneaky talent, I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point he becomes top dog. 

In just 14 games, he is 2nd on the team with, 61 catches, 1013 yards, and 10 TDs.

 RB- T.J. Yeldon

The newest member of this group, could actually turn out to be the most important one, as Yeldon hopes to give this team the solid ground presence they’ve been looking for over the last few years.

What makes him even more valuable to this offense is his versatility, as he has shown the ability to pick up yards and TDs through the air, as well as on the ground. 

In just 12 games this year he has racked up 740 yards, and 2 TDs, on the ground, 36 catches, for  279 yards, and  1 TD, through the air. 

 RB-Denard Robinson

Robinson is probably  the most overlooked and versatile asset on this team. 

The diminutive back, who played quarterback in college, can also line up as a receiver, and has helped out on kick returns.

He has averaged 4.1 yards per carry on his way to 257 yards, and a rushing TD, and has helped out with 21 receptions for 165 yards.

I think it’s safe to say Robinson’s role on this team should expand even more in the next season, as his skills and confidence in his new positions continue to grow.

   TE-Julius Thomas

At 27 years old, and in his 5th year in the league, Thomas, is by far the oldest member of this group. 

Although he hasn’t been able to replicate the numbers that made him a pro bowler his last two years in Denver, he does bring quite a bit of experience to a team in need of a veteran leader.

As an ex-basketball player who stands 6’5″, Thomas makes for a large redzone target and is still athletic enough to get separation between the twenties. 

While still adjusting to a new team, he has been able to contribute 44 catches, for 443 yards, and 5 TDs in just 11 games, after recovering from an injury over the first 4.

His numbers should improve immensely in his 2nd year with the Jags, and even more importantly, if they should make the playoffs next year, he will bring valuable experience, as he won the AFC Championship  last year with Denver.

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