Jacksonville Jaguars Breakdown

Maurice Jones-Drew is just about the only thing happening in JacksonvilleBlaine Gabbert may be the worst quarterback in the NFL right now, and not being able to ink Justin Blackmon to a rookie contract early in the offseason is costing them greatly.  The Jaguars seem to be doing everything possible to push them as far away from playoff contention as they can.

MJD is the lone bright spot, he led the league in both rushing yards and attempts and despite the constant threat of injury, he seems to be able to shake off the injury bug and keep trucking downhill.  Jones-Drew is fighting with management now in an attempt to restructure his contract.  The team wants nothing to do with a new deal for MJD; this has led to Jones-Drew holding out of pre-season activities.  Jones-Drew reported to Jaguars camp on Sunday, September 2nd, and by all accounts was in great shape.  He practiced for the first time on Monday, but is still a question mark to start the season.

So, MJD is in camp, Justin Blackmon is in camp, a below sub-par quarterback, a defense that is developing but has no shut down player among them.  The list of concerns keeps growing and management in Jacksonville does not seem to want to do anything to fix it.

From a fantasy football stand point this team is even bleaker.  Maurice Jones-Drew cannot be counted on this season to produce at his normal 1,200 yards 6 – 8 TD pace.  Due to the hold out and the number of carries he had last season, injury seems more than likely.  Look to pick up MJD mid to late second round, any earlier and you risk your number one pick spending a large portion of the season on the sidelines.  Justin Blackmon was slow to learn the offensive system during OTA’s, and his inability to take his rookie contract and move on will cost him.  Blackmon may be a solid # 3 fantasy wide receiver, but nothing more, take a flyer on him in the 9 – 12 rounds (Remember Michael Crabtree’s first season).  The defensive unit plays hard and aggressive against the run and may be a solid option for a spot start against certain teams, but is not a reliable unit.  If you’re wondering what predictions we have for Gabbert, please stop reading.

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