JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With free agency into its second week and the Jacksonville Jaguars not likely to find a starter at this point, it’s the perfect time to take a stab at projecting the starting lineup in 2015.
There is one caveat: The projection includes only players on the current roster. No guesses on draft picks and their potential spots.
Here we go:
QB Blake Bortles: He had the worst Total QBR in the league last season and has to make significant strides or the offense will struggle again.
RB Denard Robinson: The Jaguars’ leading rusher in 2014 (582 yards) enters his second season as a full-time running back.
FB/H-back: Toby Gerhart: Bradie Ewing is the only fullback on the roster and he has played in only two games in three seasons. Gerhart is a good receiver out of the backfield and solid as a short-yardage back.
LT Luke Joeckel: It’s a critical season for Joeckel. He struggled last season, but GM David Caldwell said that’s because Joeckel spent the time between 2013 and 2014 rehabbing his ankle. This offseason he can be committed to getting stronger and fixing his technique.
LG Zane Beadles: He played better over the final six weeks but overall was a disappointment in 2014. The Jaguars want to add competition to the interior of the line either with late free agents or in the draft.
C Luke Bowanko: The Jaguars didn’t want him to play as early as he did last season but had no choice after Jacques McClendon faltered. Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have high hopes for Bowanko, but he has to become more consistent.
RG Brandon Linder: The rookie third-round pick was the Jaguars’ best and most consistent offensive lineman in 2014.
TE Julius Thomas: The gem of the Jaguars’ free-agent class likely won’t be able to duplicate his production in Denver (24 TD catches in the last two seasons), but he’ll be a big part of the offense and should quickly become Bortles’ favorite target.
WR Allen Robinson: Had he not missed the final six games of the season he would have broken Justin Blackmon’s rookie record of 64 catches. Robinson had 48 catches for 548 yards.
WR Marqise Lee: After a slow start because he struggled to learn the offense, Lee came on late in the season and finished with 37 catches.
Leo Chris Clemons: He finished second on the team with 8.0 sacks, but three of those came against Indianapolis on Nov. 23. He had only one sack in the final five games.
DT Roy Miller: He is coming off surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee but is expected to be fine for the season opener.
DE Jared Odrick: He can play tackle as well but recorded 15.5 of his 16.5 career sacks while playing end.
WLB Telvin Smith: When he finally figured out what he was doing last season he started making plays (four pass breakups, one interception, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, nine tackles for loss). That’s something the position group needs to do more.
MLB Paul Posluszny: He missed the final nine games of 2014 after tearing his pectoral muscle but is expected to be fine for the start of offseason conditioning.
Otto Dan Skuta: The Jaguars finally have found someone that’s the perfect fit for this new position. Skuta essentially played it in San Francisco. He can rush and cover.
LCB Demetrius McCray: The 2013 seventh-round pick made huge strides last season and earned a starting spot. Now he needs to get better at contesting throws.