Only one year removed from an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars did some roster retooling and feel like they’re ready to compete in 2019.
The Jaguars finally parted ways with Blake Bortles after several up-and-down seasons and signed free agent Nick Foles to replace him at quarterback. Foles was a hero in Philadelphia the past two seasons, coming in as a replacement each time to lead them to the playoffs, along with a Super Bowl title two years ago.
Alfred Blue joins Leonard Fournette in the backfield, while Keelan Kole, Dede Westbrook, and Chris Conley (who comes in from Kansas City), along with second-round draft pick Josh Oliver at tight end, give Foles plenty of passing options.
The Jags received a bit of luck on draft day, as the New York Giants passed on Josh Allen out of Kentucky. Jags head of personnel Tom Coughlin accepted this gift and drafted the sackmaster with the seventh-overall pick. With Allen, the Jags defense could return to their 2017 “Sacksonville” level of greatness.
Jags owner Shad Khan said this offseason that TIAA Bank Field needs to be upgraded, and a major renovation could be in store soon. This comes on the heels of video scoreboard upgrades, a renovation of the premium seating club space, and the spa and entertainment deck in the north end zone. There’s also talk of a roof concept that could even be accomplished by drones on gamedays, with Khan referring to a concept he saw regarding the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
On the field, the Jags hope to topple AFC South rivals Indianapolis, Houston, and Tennessee in their six games against them in 2019. Other home games include matchups with Kansas City, New Orleans, the New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Los Angeles Chargers. Non-division road contests include games at Denver, Carolina, Cincinnati, Oakland, and Atlanta.