Heading into the 2019 season, the Jaguars have talent from top to bottom on their roster. Sure, they're thin in a few spots in terms of depth, and their offense has a lot to prove. But this is a team with plenty of talent, despite what those in the national and local media might believe.
Looking over the roster, I think there are several players that are being overlooked as guys that have the potential to have a positive impact on this Jaguars team.
Let's take a look at four players that could do a lot more for the Jaguars than you think.
1. AJ Cann - Yes, that AJ Cann. Cann had a down year in 2018, but he was battling through injuries for much of the season. Not only was he battling through injuries himself, but the players surrounding Cann on the offensive line were dropping like flies. I'm not trying to suggest that AJ Cann is an above average starter in this league, but I do believe he can be an average starter. Cann struggled with injuries over the last two seasons, and seemingly never clicked with Pat Flaherty as his offensive line coach. Flaherty was replaced by George Warhop this offseason, and the arrival of a new position coach could do wonders for Cann and the rest of the Jaguars offensive line. Cann's first two seasons in the league (2015-2016) were mostly positive as he graded out as an above average offensive guard in both seasons. If he can get back to where he was during his first two seasons in the league, he'll turn some heads in 2019.
2. Jarrod Wilson - The player that many are pointing at as the greatest weakness in the starting lineup for the Jaguars defense, Jarrod Wilson is going to play well. A star-studded group of secondary players will surround him. His two outside cornerbacks, Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye, are All-Pro level players. DJ Hayden, in his first year with the team, was a revelation. And Wilson's running mate at safety, Ronnie Harrison, looks to be an impact player in year two. Then there's the fact that Wilson has always played well when inserted into the starting lineup and you've got a recipe for success. Wilson's biggest challenge will be in coverage, but with any improvement in that area, he could turn in a strong 2019 season.
3. Chris Conley - Perhaps the most exciting of the Jaguars 2019 free agent signings, Conley has the skill set to thrive in John DeFilippo's offense. Conley and Nick Foles played together in Kansas City and during their limited time on the field together showed great chemistry. Since taking the practice field in Jacksonville, it looks like that connection is still there. Conley has versatility: he played over 400 snaps on the outside and over 400 in the slot in 2018. He possesses elite size at six-foot-three. And Conley runs a 4.3 forty. He's also the most veteran of the Jaguars' receivers currently (Marqise Lee may not be ready until the start of the regular season). Conley should start the season as one the Jaguars top two receivers and could have a breakout season now that he's out of the shadow of Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins.
4. Quincy Williams - The Jaguars received scorn from draft pundits nationwide for selecting Quincy Williams in the third round of the recent NFL Draft. But Williams brings an interesting skill set and demeanor to the Jaguars weakside linebacker spot. With Telvin Smith out of the picture, Williams has a clear path to the starting lineup. Williams runs incredibly well for a linebacker and is even more physical that Telvin Smith. He brings the hurt when he arrives at the ball and with his unique skill set, Williams could become one of the more impressive weakside linebackers before all is said and done. If he can grasp the mental side of the game, which is fairly easy at the weakside linebacker spot in Todd Wash's defense, Williams will prove he was, in fact, a value and not a reach in the third round.
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