The Colts and Texans both boast upper echelon passing games, while the Titans are receiving some hype with Corey Davis, AJ Brown, Adam Humphries, and Delanie Walker.
But what about the Jaguars?
The Jaguars' offense may not be receiving a ton of hype nationally, or even locally for that matter, but Nick Foles and the rest of the passing game in Jacksonville is going to turn some heads this fall.
I firmly believe that the 2019 Jacksonville Jaguars passing attack will be the surprise of the AFC South and one of the biggest surprises league-wide.
Throughout OTAs, Nick Foles has proven his worth, despite his wife suffering a miscarriage just over a week ago. He's been accurate in the short game and has dropped some dimes deep down the field. And the way he delivers his passes, on time and with a clean spiral, is allowing the Jaguars' much-maligned group of receivers to catch passes cleanly and in stride.
But he's been far from the only impressive piece in the passing game. DJ Chark, Chris Conley, and Keelan Cole have been getting open down the field with regularity. And these players have been catching the ball with their hands, away from their bodies. We all saw what Dede Westbrook was capable of in 2018, and his strong play has continued into the offseason. When Marqise Lee returns, he'll add even more stability to the position. There's a lot of speed, athleticism, versatility, and length in that group.
If the Jaguars elect to keep six receivers, which I now believe they will, Terrelle Pryor will most likely be the final guy. At 6'5'' and nearly 230 lbs. Pryor has the potential to be a dangerous red-zone target. With that type of skill set at the bottom of the roster, the Jaguars could have one of the deepest groups in the league.
At the tight end spot, both Josh Oliver and Geoff Swaim have made impressive plays as receivers, along with showing proper technique as blockers. Oliver has the skill set to get open and be a matchup problem down the seam.
Let's not forget, the Jaguars' offensive line, when healthy, is an excellent pass blocking group. All of their starters are projected to be ready to go for the regular season. If this group is at full strength, they'll also be a boon for the aerial attack in Duval.
Oh yeah, Leonard Fournette is in the best shape of his life and is ready to be a contributor out of the backfield once again.
The final reason I believe the Jacksonville passing game is destined for a massive jump in production this year? John DeFilippo. His offenses are always productive through the air.
With all these factors, it seems unlikely to me that the Jaguars' passing offense fails. There's too much there. Now, if Foles goes down, the Jaguars don't have much behind him at QB right now. But if the offensive line can keep their QB upright, this offense will put up some big numbers through the air in 2019. Don't get me wrong. I'm not projecting the Jaguars to have an elite passing game next season, but I do believe they'll finish somewhere between 10-16 in total passing yards and I think there will be a level of efficiency that hasn't been seen in Jacksonville in over a decade.
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