49ers opponents 2013 preview: Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency and the draft


We take a look at the Jaguars in anticipation of the upcoming season.

Veteran Additions: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, RB Justin Forsett, DT Roy Miller, CB Marcus Trufant, OLB Geno Hayes, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, CB Alan Ball.

Veteran Subtractions: WR Laurent Robinson, RB Jalen Parmele, FB Greg Jones, OT Guy Whimper, CB William Middleton, RB Rashad Jennings, G Eben Britton, DT Terrance Knighton, DT C.J. Mosley, OLB Daryl Smith, CB Aaron Ross, CB Derek Cox, S Dawan Landry.

Rookie Additions: OT Luke Joeckel, S Johnathan Cyprien, CB Dwayne Gratz, WR Ace Sanders, RB Denard Robinson, S Josh Evans, CB Jeremy Harris, CB Demetrius McCray.

Strengths: It's unfortunate to say (well, not for us, but for Jag fans), but the Jaguars don't have a ton of strengths. They are in a bit of a rebuilding phase and seem totally content with Blaine Gabbert at QB. This should clue you into the Jag's current state as a team.

There are a few strengths on this team, though. Justin Blackmon has been good at WR, though he will miss four games due to a substance-abuse infraction. He is joined by another solid receiver in Cecil Shorts.

Another offensive weapon for Jacksonville, Maurice Jones-Drew, could have potentially missed time for a battery charge. He was not charged, however. This is good news for Jacksonville, since Jones-Drew is probably the best chance at putting up points. He will run behind an o-line that projects to have two very good tackles, RT Luke Joeckel and LT Eugene Monroe.

Weaknesses: Well, Blaine Gabbert is projected to start for this team. I don't want to bash on the poor guy too much, but I doubt that he was what it takes to be a starter in this league. Chad Henne is one of the better backups in the NFL, but probably shouldn't be asked to lead a team by himself.

Getting to the QB is also a problem for the Jags. They have almost no pass rush at all. Last year, 3.5 sacks from Tyson Alualu were the best any individual player achieved. This, in turn, hurts a weak secondary. Marcus Trufant and Alan Ball are the potential starters at CB, with the former having a pass coverage score of -0.9 last season according to PFF and the latter -0.2 in eight games.

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