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NFL Power Rankings | 32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Updated: May 12, 2020

Prediction: 1-15, 4th in AFC South.

AMIDST another full rebuild, the Jags have opted to give Gardner Minshew the keys to the franchise.

For now.

The Jock Strap King is going to need to take an almighty leap forward in year two not only for the Jags to be competitive but to also stave off any first round QB that the Jags' front office has its heart set on in 2021.

A 6-10 record last season is uninspiring and the roster has only become less competitive in the last 12 months. It is difficult to see where the wins are coming from this year. Miami at home in Week 3? The Dolphins could be riding the crest of a wave fuelled by Tua Tagovailoa if he is named the starter.

Maybe there is a win to be had on the road in Week 4 at Cincinnati, but the previous statement about the Dolphins could also ring true with the Joe Burrow-led Bengals.

The Jacksonville faithful may put a ring around Week 6 when the Detroit Lions visit, but the Motor City squad is vastly improved and will benefit from another year of growth under Matt Patricia's tutelage. Trips to Green Bay, Minnesota and Baltimore further serve to highlight a brutal schedule for London's adopted team.


Positional Depth In Question

The safety position is lacking depth despite an improving Ronnie Harrison and cornerback looks set to be a distinct weakness. Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye have departed, leaving a huge hole in the secondary that rookie first rounder C.J. Henderson cannot fill alone.

Tre Herndon will be starting opposite the overdrafted Henderson but does not provide the requisite standard of play required in a division containing gunslingers such as Phillip Rivers and Deshaun Watson.

Calais Campbell is gone too, being replaced in part by space eater Al Woods and third round draftee Davon Hamilton. Hamilton is an exciting prospect who the Jags will hope can replace Campbell in the long term, but certainly needs seasoning before he will deliver much of an impact.

Yannick Ngakoue looks to be the next one out of the door and appears to have been pining for a move all off-season. He could still be granted his wish or even sit out the season and replacing Ngakoue's sack production will not be easy. K'Lavon Chaisson, selected 20th overall in this year's draft, will have to have an immediate impact off the edge.

There are further worries at the running back position (declining Leonard Fournette's fifth year option), tight end (signing an injury-prone Tyler Eifert) and offensive line (inconsistent/incomplete), but those are discussions best left for a deeper dive into a roster in transition.

Despite the negatives and the unenviable title of ranking dead last in the very first GX Power Rankings, Jags fans must rest assured that there is still much to look forward to. A strong 2020 draft and two more first rounders next year alongside a young and talented core including Minshew, Josh Allen, Myles Jack and DJ Chark indicates that the road to improvement is in sight.

The road may only lead to a 1-3 win season this year, but there will be brighter days ahead. 4 wins may even be better than some of the teams around them as other rosters have problems that run deeper than Jacksonville’s in specific areas, but until many of the issues discussed above stabilise it is difficult to rank them higher. If Minshew gets off to a flyer, then they could be fast risers. Trust the process.


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