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The Jaguars finally have what they've been looking for since ... well, a long time: a franchise QB. Trevor Lawrence has sky-high expectations to live up to, but he finds himself in a pretty good landing spot, with decent talent and a pretty accomplished head coach in Urban Meyer. If this isn't one of the league's most improved offenses, it'll be a disappointment, even with Travis Etienne already lost for the season after being placed on IR following a Liscfranc injury he suffered in the preseason. 

2020 Review

Record: 1 - 15 (32)
PPG: 19.1 (30)
YPG: 326.1 (28)
Pass YPG: 231.2 (21)
Rush YPG: 94.9 (28)
PAPG: 38.5 (7)
RAPG: 21.1 (32)

2020 Fantasy finishes

QB: Gardner Minshew QB26
RB: James Robinson RB7
WR: D.J. Chark WR43, Laviska Shenault RB49, Keelan Cole* WR68
TE: Tyler Eifert* TE28
*No longer with team

Number to know: 51.0%

That was Urban Meyer's pass rate in 2018 at Ohio State -- his highest as a coach since getting to the University of Florida. How much of that is a result of philosophy and how much is the fact that Meyer was running juggernaut teams who routinely beat their opposition by 30-plus? Well, I'll let new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell explain it:

"There are fundamental beliefs I believe in and Coach Meyer believes in. No. 1 is running the football. You want to be able to run the ball when you want to run it."

There aren't many coaches who won't say some variation of this, but in Meyer's case, it's been a pretty consistent drum \beat -- in Dave Richard's breakdown of Meyer's coaching history and philosophy, he found another quote from Meyer: "I'll fight anybody on this -- you have to run the football to be successful at the highest level." Last season, NFL teams passed 54.7% of the time, so expect the Jaguars to be below that. How far below that depends on how competitive they can be. Which is the trickier question. 

2021 Offseason

Draft Picks 

1. (1) Trevor Lawrence, QB
1. (25) Travis Etienne, RB
2. (33) Tyson Campbell, CB
2. (45) Walker Little, OT
3. (65) Andre Cisco, S
4. (106) Jay Tufele, DT
4. (121) Jordan Smith, DE
5. (145) Luke Farrell, TE
6. (209) Jalen Camp, WR

Additions

RB Carlos Hyde, WR Marvin Jones, WR Jamal Agnew, TE, Chris Manhertz, DL Roy Robertson-Harris, DB Shaquil Griffin, DB Rayshawn Jenkins, DB Rudy Ford

Key Departures

WR Keelan Cole, WR Chris Conley, TE Tyler Eifert, RB Chris Thompson

Available Opportunity 

39 carries, 45 RB targets, 158 WR targets, 108 TE targets 

Team Outlooks: Packers | Cowboys | Bears | Broncos | Lions

2021 Preview

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Jamey Eisenberg
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Dave Richard
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Heath Cummings
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Chris Towers
Trevor Lawrence14161419
James Robinson22152115
Laviska Shenault40364140
DJ Chark50444039
Marvin Jones43393950

Chris Towers' projections

QBTrevor LawrencePA: 573, YD: 4181, TD: 26, INT: 16; RUSH -- ATT: 55, YD: 272, TD: 3
RBJames RobinsonCAR: 262 YD: 1127, TD: 8; TAR: 66, REC: 51, YD: 404, TD: 2
RBCarlos HydeCAR: 112, YD: 444, TD: 3; TAR: 5, REC: 3, YD: 27, TD: 0
WRDJ CharkTAR: 119, REC: 71, YD: 966, TD: 6
WRMarvin JonesTAR: 114, REC: 68, YD: 849, TD: 6
WRLaviska ShenaultTAR: 107, REC: 73, YD: 839, TD: 5; CAR: 16, YD: 96, TD: 1
TELuke FarrellTAR: 46, REC: 30, YD: 328, TD: 2

Biggest Question

What does Urban Meyer's offense look like? 

We know he wants to run, but what does that actually mean. Is this going to be a run-first offense like Tennessee or Minnesota? Unlikely -- Robinson is good, but he's not Derrick Henry or Dalvin Cook. How much does he trust Trevor Lawrence? Can their defense keep them in enough games? Will the offense even be better than it was last year? A low bar, that last one, but early returns in preseason have not been so positive. This is an offense with so many unknowns with a first-time NFL head coach, a rookie QB, and a muddled passing game hierarchy. There is likely to be some value here, but identifying it before the season starts is the tougher part. 

One sleeper, one breakout and one bust

Sleeper
JAC Jacksonville • #11
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
2020 Stats
REC
76
TAR
115
REYDS
978
TD
9
FPTS/G
14.2

Jones is the old man of the Jaguars receiving corps, and it's no surprise he's being drafted much later (138.8 ADP) than Chark (77.7) or Shenault (103.8) in NFC drafts as of mid-June. But that also makes him arguably the best of the trio to buy. Jones matched Chark in PPR points per game during Chark's breakout 2019 and then averaged more than two points per game more than either Chark or Shenault last season. Jones is a proven red zone threat who can be a big producer even if he's third on the team in targets, and even if Chark or Shenault might outscore him, his price makes him an excellent late-round target. 

Breakout
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
2020 Stats
REC
58
TAR
79
REYDS
600
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.2

Of course, while Jones is the best value of the group, Shenault might be the one most worth getting excited about. He had a solid rookie season but has earned a lot of praise for his play so far in offseason workouts and minicamps, and he could be well suited to take a big leap. What will be key to watch in training camp and preseason is how Shenault is being used -- we'd sure like to see him used more in the intermediate and deep areas of the field as he ranked 102nd among WR with an average target distance of 6.6 yards down the field. Shenault is an excellent playmaker with the ball in his hands, so we don't want those short targets to disappear, of course; we'd just like to see more of a big-play aspect to his game, as well. He's certainly capable of it. If you're looking for the guy who could emerge as Lawrence's go-to, Shenault may be the best pick. 

Bust
JAC Jacksonville • #17
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
2020 Stats
REC
53
TAR
93
REYDS
706
TD
5
FPTS/G
11.8

Chark struggled in 2020, but he also dealt with a series of injuries and subpar QB play that held him back. Healthy and with a better QB, expectations are high for Chark, who put together a 1,000-yard season back in 2019 while playing with Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles. However, he also has more competition for targets in an offense that will likely be more run-heavy than the Jaguars were in 2019 when they threw 589 passes. Chark could be a star, the leading receiver in a dynamic offense that is one of the most improved in the NFL. However, he also has just seven games with more than 60 yards since Week 6 of the 2019 season, a span of 23 games. If Jones and Shenault are going to be Fantasy relevant, it could make it hard for Chark to live up to the loftiest expectations. At their respective costs, Chark seems like the worst pick of the Jags WR corps. 

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