Three things fans should be excited for about the Jaguars in 2017

With the team almost completely different from last year, the Jaguars are giving hope that they will succeed in 2017.

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Dec 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at EverBank Field. The Atlanta Falcons won 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars are showing signs of promise for this season and it all started during the offseason, when they picked a new head coach Doug Marrone and hired Tom Coughlin to be apart of the organization. Since then, it seemed like the Jags gained more than they lost. Now they are ready to go and there a few things about the team that Jaguars fans should be excited to see heading into Week 1 against the Houston Texans.


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Their scary defenseĀ 

If there is one thing that fans should be looking forward to watch, it should be the defense. With the Jaguars acquiring players Calais Campbell, Barry Church and A.J. Bouye and adding them to a young, yet talented defense, they look like a top five defense. They already have star players in Telvin Smith and Jalen Ramsey who are young and still improving their games. Adding veterans who have done well in the league will benefit the young guys. I can see this defense doing major damage to opposing offenses’ this year.

The potential running game

Quarterback Blake Bortles hasn’t had a true running game since joining the team which put all the pressure on himself. Some of that pressure will come off of him as he has Leonard Fournette running the ball and doing the dirty work. Fournette is coming off an excellent collegiate career at LSU and looks to keep going in the pros. He has a great opportunity to dominate, especially if Bortles can’t get on track with the passing game.

The discipline improving

Having both Marrone and Coughlin is just what the young Jags team needs. Both men are all about discipline and can get this team to the playoffs if they play disciplined football. When Doug Marrone was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills back in 2013 and 2014, the team was disciplined which made them successful and almost helped them make the playoffs in 2014. This Jaguars definitely has the talent to play postseason football, and if the discipline can be enforced then there should be no reason why this team isn’t playing football after Week 17.

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