Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Season Recap

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Jacksonville has only posted two winning seasons in the last 15 years. The Jaguars have been one of the league’s most unsuccessful franchises after a strong first decade in the league, and they followed in the footsteps of their expansion counterparts in 2020. In 2001, the Carolina Panthers became the first team to win their opener and then lose the next 15 games. Jacksonville did the same thing this year with an upset over the Indianapolis Colts in the season opener before losing 15 consecutive games to finish with the worst record in the NFL. That isn’t exactly a bad thing though as the moribund franchise will now have the opportunity to select Clemson superstar Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Recap

Although Jacksonville went 1-15, this team wasn’t as uncompetitive as we’ve seen some bad teams be in the recent past. Six of their losses were by one possession, and they nearly knocked off Tennessee, Green Bay, and Minnesota on the road.

Gardner Minshew II was clearly the best quarterback on the Jaguars this season. The second-year quarterback completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards (6.9 YPA) with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. However, he only played nine games this season as he was sidelined for a few weeks due to a thumb injury. While Minshew was clearly the best option, Jacksonville started Mike Glennon and Jake Luton as outsiders believed the Jags were looking to go into full tank mode.

The Jaguars surprised a lot of observers when they decided to release Leonard Fournette just before the start of the season. However, that move looked smart after Jacksonville showed it had a diamond in the rough in undrafted rookie James Robinson.

Robinson was the third running back to reach 1,000 yards this year. He ended up finishing tied for fifth in rushing yards after missing the last two weeks, but he was still the most impressive Jacksonville player in 2020. Robinson ran for 100 yards four times, and he finished the year with 1,070 yards with 4.5 YPC and seven touchdowns. Additionally, he was a reliable receiver with 49 receptions for 344 yards and three TDs.

Fellow rookie Laviska Shenault had a promising first year. He was Jacksonville’s second leading receiver with 58 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns. Keelan Cole and D.J. Chark had decent seasons too, catching over 50 passes for more than 600 yards with five touchdowns as well.

This was the second-worst defense in the NFL. It’s been a dramatic fall from grace for this defense, as stars like Calais Campbell, Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, and Yannick Ngakoue brought the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game and led New England in the fourth quarter just three years ago. All of those players are now gone, and Myles Jack was the only starter left.

Jacksonville surrendered 30.8 PPG and 417.7 YPG in 2020. The run defense was subpar, allowing 4.7 YPC and 153.2 YPG, while the secondary gave up a ton of big plays. First-round pick C.J. Henderson didn’t have a great rookie season and was constantly picked on after a solid debut, and there wasn’t another quality corner outside of Tre Herndon as D.J. Hayden was injured most of the year.

The Jaguars were one of five teams that didn’t have a player selected for the Pro Bowl. Robinson probably should have made the Pro Bowl ahead of Josh Jacobs, but it’s hard to make an argument for any other player. There is hope on the horizon with Lawrence though. He is one of those quarterbacks that can instantly turn a team’s fortunes around, and Jacksonville has yet to have a true franchise quarterback.

Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule & Results

WEEK MATCHUP RESULT RECORD
Week 1 vs Indianapolis Colts W 27-20 1-0
Week 2 at Tennessee Titans L 30-33 1-1
Week 3 vs Miami Dolphins L 13-31 1-2
Week 4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 25-33 1-3
Week 5 at Houston Texans L 14-30 1-4
Week 6 vs Detroit Lions L 16-34 1-5
Week 7 at Los Angeles Chargers L 29-39 1-6
Week 8 BYE WEEK
Week 9 vs Houston Texans L 25-27 1-7
Week 10 at Green Bay Packers L 20-24 1-8
Week 11 vs Pittsburgh Steelers L 3-27 1-9
Week 12 vs Cleveland Browns L 25-27 1-10
Week 13 at Minnesota Vikings L 24-27 (OT) 1-11
Week 14 vs Tennessee Titans L 10-31 1-12
Week 15 at Baltimore Ravens L 14-40 1-13
Week 16 vs Chicago Bears L 17-41 1-14
Week 17 at Indianapolis Colts L 14-28 1-15
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Jaguars Past Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2020 1-15 None
2019 6-10 None
2018 5-11 None
2017 10-6 Lost Conference Championship
2016 3-13 None
2015 5-11 None
2014 3-13 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 2-14 None
2011 5-11 None
2010 8-8 None
2009 7-9 None
2008 5-11 None
2007 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2006 8-8 None
2005 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2004 9-7 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 6-10 None
2001 6-10 None
2000 7-9 None

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