Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars improved to 3-1 to conclude preseason play with a 24-14 win over Atlanta, the Jaguars still have changes that need to be worked on to be successful in this upcoming NFL season.
Jacksonville’s quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has not shown significant growth on the field. His usual trend of overthrowing receivers when looking to deliver the long ball has not faded and unfortunately, his speed is not exceptional. Gabbert does appear competent in the pocket however, and hitting a receiver ten to fifteen yards away should be his “go-to”. A successful quarterback must be able to lead and carry his team on the field; with the component of hitting targeted receivers on deep passes missing, Jacksonville will not be as strong as they could be.
This leads to the discussion of the hold out of Maurice Jones-Drew. Because the Jaguars rely heavily on their running game, they need Jones-Drew to return. In Jacksonville’s game against Atlanta, Rashad Jennings carried the ball 11 times over in just over a quarter. If this pace of 11 carries per quarter continues, Jacksonville will need more than just two or three suitable running backs in order to accomplish their suitable game plan.