NFL Franchise Exit Report: Jacksonville Jaguars

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Division: AFC South

2020 Finish: 32nd

Record: (1-15)

2021 First Round Draft Pick: 1st, 25th

What went Right in 2020?

One of the lone bright spots in this forgettable year for the Jaguars has to be the surprise emergence of rookie running back James Robinson. Before the NFL season began last fall, no one was giving Robinson much of, if any thought. However, it did not take very long for the rookie to open the eyes of not only NFL teams, but also us fantasy owners as well. In 2020, Robinson was the only Jaguar worth starting on a weekly basis, when healthy. Despite Robinson missing the final two games of the fantasy season, weeks 15 and 16, he still finished well within the top 10 at the position in fantasy scoring. In fact, in just 14 games played Robinson would go from an undrafted nobody to the RB7 in fantasy scoring.

What Needs to Improve in 2021?

When it comes to Robinson, we as fantasy owners have to be careful not to over draft him in our 2021 fantasy drafts later this summer. Yes, Robinson was a top seven option in 2020, but he was able to do that because he was seeing around 40% of the team’s total offensive touches in 2020. The fact that he was seeing such high volume tells us the area the Jaguars need to see the most improvement in, which is the passing game. Gardner Minshew showed flashes of production early in the season from under center, but was quickly benched for the human pez dispenser, Mike Glennon (Glennon has a long neck which has him resembling the famed children’s candy) because he wasn’t able to secure wins. Which leads us to the number one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, where Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will likely be the first overall pick.

New Jaguar Head Coach Urban Meyer will look to Lawrence, who is being touted as the best quarterback prospect to enter the league since Andrew Luck, to improve the passing deficiencies of a season ago. Many in the fantasy industry are pegging Lawrence to be a top 10 option at the position as early as year one, which I personally feel is a little bit of an over exaggeration. I do think in terms of dynasty leagues, specifically in upcoming rookie drafts this spring, Lawrence is a top three option. I feel he is a top three pick due to career longevity coupled with talent which will make him a potential fantasy stud for the next 15 to 20 years, which a rookie running back and wide receiver just will never give you. In terms of the immediate improvement in the passing game in 2021, I feel both DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault will be the wide receivers to benefit most by Lawrence being under center. As far as which of the two you should target in 2021 fantasy drafts, I would suggest the cheapest one, meaning the one that offers the most value, as I see similar production coming from both. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the New York Jets.