Jacksonville Jaguars starting lineup projection

Julius Thomas may not put up the same numbers in Jacksonville as he did in Denver, but he figures to be a big part of the Jaguars' offense. AP Photo/John Raoux

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here is a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars' projected starting lineup.


Quarterback (Blake Bortles): He had the worst Total QBR of any starting quarterback in the league last season but has worked on fixing his delivery and follow-through in the offseason.

Running back (T.J. Yeldon): He’s got size (6-foot-1, 226 pounds) and is a smooth, patient runner. His talent wins out over Denard Robinson’s and Toby Gerhart's experience.

Wide receiver (Allen Robinson): He was the Jaguars’ best receiver last season before getting hurt, and he was very impressive in OTAs and minicamp. It looks like he’s poised for a breakout season.

Wide receiver (Marqise Lee): Receivers coach Jerry Sullivan admitted recently the team put too much on Lee's shoulders, and that's why he struggled early as a rookie. He missed all of OTAs and minicamp but is expected to be cleared for training camp.

Tight end (Julius Thomas): The gem of the Jaguars' free-agent class probably won't duplicate his production in Denver (24 TD catches the past two seasons), but he'll be a big part of the offense, especially in the red zone (17 TD catches in 2013-14).

Tight end (Marcedes Lewis): The Jaguars aren't carrying a fullback on the roster in 2015, going instead with two tight ends. Lewis has missed 13 games because of injuries the past two seasons.

Left tackle (Luke Joeckel): He might benefit the most from new OL coach Doug Marrone. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Joeckel struggled in his first full season and needs to make significant strides in what could very well be a make-or-break year for him.

Left guard (Zane Beadles): Marrone has tinkered with his stance to help him generate more power. This will be a close competition with rookie A.J. Cann.

Center (Stefen Wisniewski): The Jaguars like Luke Bowanko (15 starts last season), but Wisniewski has much more experience and is more familiar with offensive coordinator Greg Olson. He just has to prove he can stay healthy.

Right guard (Brandon Linder): The 2014 third-round pick was the Jaguars' best and most consistent offensive lineman last season.

Right tackle (Jermey Parnell): The Jaguars signed him away from Dallas and are excited about Parnell's upside now that he'll be getting a chance to play every day. He played just one year of college ball and started only seven games in four seasons with the Cowboys.


Leo (Chris Clemons): First-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. would have manned this spot (pass-rushing end) but suffered a torn left ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp. Clemons missed OTAs but showed up for minicamp 17 pounds lighter and said he’s going to be more productive than he was in 2014 (eight sacks).

Defensive tackle (Roy Miller): He is coming off surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee but is expected to be fine for the season opener.

Defensive tackle (Ziggy Hood): This is Sen'Derrick Marks’ spot, but he's recovering from a torn ACL and probably won't be ready for the season opener. Hood earned praise from DL coach Todd Wash for his play in OTAs and minicamp.

Defensive end (Jared Odrick): Miami struggled to find a way to use him, but the Jaguars are putting him outside. Though he plays the big end, whose main responsibility is to set the edge, Odrick also adds some pass rush from the position (16.5 career sacks).

Weakside linebacker (Telvin Smith): Speed, speed, speed. Plus, he always seems to be in position to make plays. Last season he made 20 impact plays (sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, pass breakups, QB hurries, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries).

Middle linebacker (Paul Posluszny): He missed the final nine games of 2014 after tearing his pectoral muscle. It was the only time in his four seasons in Jacksonville he failed to make at least 161 tackles.

Otto strongside linebacker (Dan Skuta): The Jaguars wanted a player here who could rush and cover, and Skuta has experience doing both. He’ll also get some snaps at Leo to make up for the loss of Fowler.

Cornerback (Demetrius McCray): A 2013 seventh-round pick, he started the final 12 games of the 2014 season. He has to make more plays, though: no interceptions and only three pass breakups.

Cornerback (Davon House): The Jaguars gave him $24.5 million over four years ($10 million guaranteed) in free agency. He has 22 pass breakups but only two interceptions the past two seasons.

Strong safety (Johnathan Cyprien): This is the year the Jaguars want -- and need -- Cyprien to take the next step. He has to start making more impact plays (nine pass breakups, one interception, and two forced fumbles in his first two seasons).

Free safety (Sergio Brown): Josh Evans has been moved to strong safety, and Brown, who has just eight pass breakups and one interception in 71 career games, has the edge right now over fourth-round draft pick James Sample, who suffered a fractured arm during OTAs.


Kicker (Josh Scobee): He enters the final year of his contract as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and is coming off a season in which he went 20-for-26 on field goal attempts.

Punter (Bryan Anger): He averaged 47.5 yards per punt in 2014, the second-highest of his three-year career and more than two yards better than his 2013 average.

Long-snapper (Carson Tinker): He has handled every long snap the past two seasons.

Punt returner (Tandon Doss): He led the NFL in punt return average (15.6 yards per return) in 2013 but missed the 2014 season with a foot injury.

Kick returner (Denard Robinson): Robinson returned some kicks as a rookie in 2013, when he was dealing with nerve damage in his hand. Now that he’s settled in his transition to running back, he’s got a good chance to win this job.