By DAVID B WILSON
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The bad news began for the Jaguars before the season even began. On one of his first days with the team, first-round pick Dante Fowler tore his ACL and the defensive end was ruled out for the season. This was going to be another rebuilding year all along for Jacksonville and the focus will be on second-year quarterback Blake Bortles.
Needs a big season from: Denard Robinson, RB/WR
Denard Robinson was a revelation for the Jaguars' offense last year. The former Michigan quarterback contributed all over the offense last year for Jacksonville - except, ironically, as a passer - and started nine games during his second season.
Although he only finished with 706 yards from scrimmage, he was limited to 13 games and in his final seven he totaled 575 yards with a pair of 100-yard rushing performances.
Even if he doesn't match that total of 100-yard games, it may be good for the Jaguars. Jacksonville drafted T.J. Yeldon in the second round and he could become an immediate starter. Then Robinson can get back to moving all over the field.
By the numbers:
Receiving yards for Justin Blackmon as a rookie in 2012. He's only played in four games since due to suspensions and the Jaguars don't expect him to play again this season.
Blake Bortles' completion percentage in his first start, a record for a rookie in his first game as a starter.
Bortles' completion percentage in his 13th and final start of 2014. His performance against the Texans was the worst of his career and his only time completing fewer than half of his passes.
Impact newcomer: T.J. Yeldon, RB
The Toby Gerhart signing was a bust last year, leaving Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson to shoulder the load out of the backfield. Of course, Robinson is better off moving all over the field and the addition of Yeldon should let him do that. A second-round pick out of Alabama, Yeldon projects as one of the top rookie running backs in the league.
Deep at: Running back
Thin at: Defensive back
The Peyton Manning Factor
Most of the time adding a tight end like Julius Thomas would be considered a major acquisition. The two-time Pro Bowler hauled in 12 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons despite missing at least two games in each. But because he spent those two years playing with Peyton Manning in the Broncos' surgical offense the numbers are almost certainly skewed. His role with the Jaguars will be as second-year quarterback Blake Bortles' security blanket.