It’s not a secret that little is expected from the 2020 Jacksonville Jaguars. Pretty much every national outlet has predicted the Jaguars to be one of, if not the worst, teams in the NFL.
Almost every 2021 mock draft that you see has the Jaguars picking first, meaning they would have the worst record in the NFL in 2020 and with that first pick, most have the Jaguars drafting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. If we are being honest, how many Jaguar fans here locally are even talking about tanking for Trevor months before the 2020 season even arrives?
But here is something to think about as the 2020 season approaches: the 2019 Jaguars won six games with a roster that at times was picking free agents up off the street and putting them in the lineup the very next week. The 2019 Jaguars won two games in December against teams )Oakland and Indianapolis) that finished with better records than them and rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew ended the 2019 season by throwing for 839 yards with seven touchdowns and only one interception in the final four games of the season.
Over the next two weeks, 1010XL will go position by position, looking at the Jaguars roster to see how the 2020 roster compares to the 2019 roster.
First up, the most important position on the field.
Quarterbacks: 2019 vs 2020
Rewind the clock to July of 2019. Jaguar training camp was approaching and most Jaguar fans were fired up because former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles was on the team. Foles signed a four-year, $88 million deal and was supposed to be the piece that turned this franchise around.
That did not happen.
Behind Foles were three relatively unknown quarterbacks including Tanner Lee and Gardner Minshew. Heading into training camp 2019, the Jaguars had exactly zero NFL starts from any other quarterback on the roster.
Now look at July 2020. The Jaguars have a starting quarterback in Gardner Minshew who threw for 3,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Minshew started 12 games and won six, more wins than any other rookie quarterback in 2019.
Behind Minshew, the Jaguars have a veteran quarterback in Mike Glennon who has 22 starts in his NFL career and has thrown for over 5,000 yards with 36 touchdowns.
The Jaguars also have Josh Dobbs, a 2017 fourth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom the Jaguars traded for last season. Also on the roster is rookie Jake Luton who Jacksonville invested a sixth-round pick in during the 2020 NFL Draft.
The obvious question here is Minshew. The Jaguars chose Minshew over Foles this off-season when they traded Foles to Chicago. It was a popular move among the Jacksonville fan base, but was it the right move for the organization long term? That will be decided over the next few months.
The Verdict: You have to give 2020 the nod here as a whole. I believe, as a whole, the quarterbacks coming into this Jaguars training camp are better and more reliable then the quarterbacks coming into training camp 2019.
Next up, Jaguar running backs 2019 vs 2020 on Tuesday.
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