The Jacksonville Jaguars have completely overhauled their defensive backfield with some key, big name players.
The Jags were very busy in the off-season trying to improve on five straight 11 loss seasons. Coach Gus Bradley is only the sixth head coach to be kept around after a combined 12 wins in 3 seasons.
With the additions of CB Prince Amukamara (Giants), S Tashaun Gipson (Browns) and CB Javon House (F/A) and drafting of DB Jalen Ramsey (FSU) the Jags hope to improve an otherwise weak secondary.
They also signed DT Malik Jackson (Denver) and OT Kelvin Beachum (Pittsburgh) and drafted UCLA LB Myles Jack with the hopes of improving a very weak pass rush in the past.
Jacksonville added RB Chris Ivory (Jets) this offseason, in hopes of complimenting Blake Bortles 35 TDs last season. Bortles went from the worst QB% in 2014 to the 14th in 2015.
The additions to the defense alone will cause the Buccaneers offense some trouble. However, will it be enough to stop the Buccaneers offense? Maybe nothing will be enough this season. Not with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Cameron Brate running routes. The Jaguars were hard pressed to stop Doug Martin last season, but since it’s preseason we will not likely see too much of Martin in this one either. However, Peyton Barber and Mike James, together, should prove to be enough to wear down this Jags defense.
With the Buccaneers defense supercharged, from causing Qb’s trouble in Philly, the Jaguars will have a tough game ahead of them. Bortles has the talented WR’s (Hurns and Robinson) and a capable enough o-line to wreak havoc on opposing defenses, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved that sometimes that is not enough. If the Bucs do not commit 100 yards in penalties in this preseason game or turn the ball over, the Jaguars will have to give it their all.