This is our Year — OR IS IT?

Another season of Jaguars football has arrived. Another year of telling condescending coworkers “this is the year” and calculating how close within reach the division crown is.

But is it?

The starting offense and defense showed promise during limited action in weeks one and two of the preseason, but fell flat in week three against the Cincinnati Bengals — ironically the only Jags’ victory. Watching the starters scrape together only 52 yards and a field goal felt like terrifying déjà vu from last season.

Speaking of nightmarish flashbacks, kicker Jason Myers missed two of four field goal attempts this preseason.

Before the preseason kicked off, the team appeared to be off to a great start.

The Jaguars walked away from April’s draft with arguably one of the best classes in the league. The team snagged defensive back Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and defensive lineman Sheldon Day. Ramsey and Jack were considered the best two defensive players in the draft; now they wear teal.

After a 2015 season that saw the Jaguars give up the second-most points per game and grab only nine interceptions all season, defensive building behind a new coordinator took the spotlight.

Other key acquisitions included veteran defensive lineman Malik Jackson (fresh off a Super Bowl victory) and free safety Tashaun Gipson. Unfortunately, the defense hasn’t been the only thing in need of improvement over the offseason.

Quarterback Blake Bortles threw 18 interceptions last year, four of which were run back for touchdowns. Bortles was also sacked a mind-boggling 51 times, thanks in part to an offensive line with a horrendous left side weakness.

The Jags signed left tackle Kelvin Beachum to help mend that weakness, but he’s faced limited preseason and training camp action due to a torn ACL from last season. Regardless, Beachum will be starting at the tackle position in place of Luke Joeckel, who has been shifted to left guard.

Hopefully, that’s all the shifting Joeckel will do this season and instead stand his ground against rushing defenses better than last year’s season finale. The struggling Joeckel gave up six sacks against Houston that week and left a sour taste in fans’ mouths going into the offseason.

The Jags have also added another offensive weapon in running back Chris Ivory, who’s put up promising numbers this preseason and appears to balance with running back T.J. Yeldon quite well.

Additionally, wide receiver Allen Robinson has somehow found a way to improve by showing increased toughness getting to the ball and better efficiency running routes.

So, is this really the year? Will this be the first AFC South title for the Jags and their first playoff berth since 2007?

You tell me.

Week in and week out, Jacksonville stands by its team through victories and many, many defeats. This year, to mix things up, each game day Folio Weekly Magazine in the form of yours truly will be hanging around a different watch party, a new tailgate, wandering the Bank or bellying up at the bar talking to devoted locals.

Tell us how the Jags are playing through your eyes. What’s looking great and what’s making you empty the bottle each week? Save me a seat and a drink; I want to hear all about it.


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