Good news for Jaguar hopefuls. Fourth overall pick, Leonard Fournette, is expected to enter the preseason in a timeshare. Now, we would all assume that he will eventually take over the position, but it is good news for the time being. I don’t think it has anything to do with him inching toward any bust label, especially since he has yet to play in a regular season game. It has more to do with the Jaguars’ commitment to pound the football and lean on that improved defense. Plus, it helps that T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory have performed well this summer.
In turn, this will take the load off of Blake Bortles, who has struggled with reading defenses and making accurate passes. If the Jags can control the pace and move the chains on the ground, Bortles will have a chance to make plays out of play-action. That goes a long way for any quarterback. Although, this should be his last excuse at the pro level. He has some good targets to throw to in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and they drafted Dede Westbrook.
In a division up for grabs, the regime of Tom Coughlin and Dough Marrone may have Bortles on a shorter leash. Who knows if he will have an entire season to put things together. Backup Chad Henne better prepare as if he is going to start at some point in 2017. This team may be closer to a winning season, but they’re going to need solid play at the most important position.
The rival Texans may not have been solid at the helm, but they found a way to repeat as division champs. Marcus Mariota has the Titans hopeful, as they only missed the postseason due to a tiebreaker. Andrew Luck is the best QB ion the AFC South, but he has a shoulder issue and Indy hasn’t been successful in filling out the rest of the roster.