AFC South Division Champion, Jacksonville Jaguars had an abrupt ending to their season in the Wildcard Round of the playoffs losing to the Baltimore Ravens. With no first or second round picks, the team simply wanted to reload during free agency, signing CBs Bobby McCain and Prince Amukamara as well as P Tress Way.
The draft brought in mostly offensive talent as QB, TE and WR were the most pressing needs as well as a backup HB in case Fournette or Freeman goes down during the season. In the 3rd Round, the Jags selected QB Kellen Mond who saw his stock rise from a late 4th Round Pick to somewhere in the mid to late 3rd Round. Mond shows incredible upside with his ability to extend a play and escape the pocket. In the 4th Round, TE Todd Cain out of Florida was selected to potentially lock down the future of this TE group. The Jaguars also took a pair of speedster WRs in Gilbert Malone and Marshall Coleman whom are believed to take over the special teams duties.
As training camp began, Coach DiBiase welcomed a friendly QB competition. Carr gave a statement after the first go around: “He [Mond] is great man. Solid arm strength and a very smart kid. I look forward to battling with him for this starting spot.” Carr did end up winning as he was named the season starter but we have seen some HOF flashes from Mond and hope that he can continue to work on his craft. 2 other standouts were a couple of late signings in HB Anton Cole and LG Jacobie Mann. Both of whom showed how valuable they could be to this team adding some depth to their respective positions.
The Jaguars start their season on the road against the rival Texans to then play their next 4 games at home against the Titans, Seahawks, Browns and Patriots before their early week 6 bye week.