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Jacksonville Jaguars: 2014 NFL season key additions

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Jacksonville Jaguars started their rebuilding in 2013 by hiring Gus Bradley. He inherited a team with the cupboard bare of talent on offense and defense. They finished the season with a 4-12 record.The offense was one of the least productive units in the NFL and will need an overhaul. The Jaguars potential Big 3 on offense are no longer with the team. Blaine Gabbert was suppose to be the franchise quarterback but never fulfilled his potential, Maurice Jones-Drew was not resigned and has taken his talents to Oakland, and Justin Blackmon was suppose to be the star wide receiver but has been suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the illegal performance enhancement drug policy. The Jaguars enter the 2014 season with plenty of question marks on the offensive side of the ball.

The defense ranked near the bottom in several categories. Luckily they play in the AFC South division where, besides the Indianapolis Colts, there are no high scoring offenses. Head coach Gus Bradley was formerly the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator and help build that defense that was the catalyst for them winning their first Super Bowl last year. He has his hands full with rebuilding Jacksonville's defense. They have some solid pieces, but need a couple of superstar players to build around. Same can be said for the offense as well. Look below at players who could help Jacksonville turn things around.

Blake Bortles - quarterback
Blake Bortles - quarterback Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Blake Bortles - quarterback

Blake Bortles was selected high in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to be the Jaguars future franchise quarterback. He has good size, arm strength, and mobility to be a good quarterback for now. What the Jaguars need is a great quarterback. Bortles has plenty of upside to be just that. He needs time to develop and playing behind veteran Chad Henne should help in his progress. For him to succeed Jacksonville needs to continue to add play makers around him.

Marqise Lee - wide receiver
Marqise Lee - wide receiver Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Marqise Lee - wide receiver

Marqise Lee will add a spark to this offense. Justin Blackmon is no longer with the team and the need for receiving help is welcomed. Lee is not the big physical type of receiver that is popular in the NFL. He has good speed and is very shifty in the open field. He gets off the snap quickly and into his routes fast. He can get deep and make plays behind the defense. Lee needs better concentration to make the catch consistently and eliminate drops. He gives good effort most of the time and looks to be very coachable. This young man may not burst onto the scene his rookie season, but in time could be a key contributor for many years.

Chris Clemons - defensive end
Chris Clemons - defensive end Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Chris Clemons - defensive end

Chris Clemons adds an element that was missing last year in Jacksonville. A legitimate pass rusher. Clemons was a key member of the Seattle Seahawks who won the 2013 Super Bowl. He played under Gus Bradley in Seattle and is familiar with his scheme on defense. The Jaguars get a true edge rusher who can impact games. Clemons not only helps the pass rush, but also the secondary in coverage. He may be over the age of 30, but still capable of producing double digit sacks. The Jaguars will definitely need him to approach that task. 

Storm Johnson - running back
Storm Johnson - running back Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Storm Johnson - running back

Storm Johnson carried a 4th-5th round grade by several scouts entering the 2014 NFL Draft. He lasted until the 7th round and just might end up being a huge steal for Jacksonville. Johnson played in the same backfield as Blake Bortles at Central Florida. He plays well behind his pads and is good running between the tackles. He has deceptive speed, but not the burst to be a home run threat consistently. He has good hands to catch the ball coming out of the backfield and will give effort in pass protection. Former starter Maurice Jones-Dew signed with Oakland so Johnson will have plenty of chances during training camp to challenge for the starting position. 


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