Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/5/13
After a below average 2012 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars were best known as one of the more vanilla teams heading into this season. Getting new team uniforms and logos may help the players’ morale, but it does not directly translate to better on the field performance. With quarterback Blaine Gabbert running the offensive show, things are limited in the pass game. Where the real money needs to be made, is in the running game, with former NFL rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew. Similar to the previous situations in Minnesota and St. Louis, having a dominant running attack does not mean a playoff appearance; but it sure does help.Aside from the obvious addition of offensive tackle Juke Joeckel, there are many key additions that the Jaguars made, that will indeed increase their explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball. Jacksonville made two offensive selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, with one thing in mind, skill. After Denard Robinson saw himself slowly being phased out of the quarterback situation in Michigan, he began to embrace the role of a skill position player. Robinson is a special athlete, and cannot be categorized as simply a wide receiver, running back, or punt returner. He is all of these and more, and immediately brings a level of impetuousness to the team. As for the second offensive selection, South Carolina's Ace Sanders is most comparable to St. Louis Ram Tavon Austin. Sanders can play multiple positions on the field, and immediately contribute on special teams.As for the returners on the team, Blaine Gabbert needs to assert himself as the former first round selection that he once was. At the same time, the Jaguars need to play to his strengths, and not try and make him into something he is clearly not, which is a pro style quarterback. The offense needs to have a much more spread system, in which Gabbert can make throws on the run, outside the pocket; something which he excelled at in Missouri. The same can be said for former first round selection Justin Blackmon. Blackmon is number one on the depth chart next to Cecil Shorts, however, the small school division II player (Shorts), has by far out played him up to this point. If Blackmon wants to become the next great wide receiver out of Oklahoma State, he needs to show that he can be number one receiver material, no matter the quarterback. If Maurice Jones-Drew can overcome the injuries, and play to his potential, the Jaguars could very well be headed out of the loosing rut that they have been for the last five seasons.  
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