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Jacksonville Jaguars are primed for a breakout year in 2016

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In the world of sports, sometimes you need that little bit of luck. Just when things seem to always go the wrong way, a few bright moments and things going your way for once could just nudge you in the right direction and that's exactly what could be happening to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If you told the Jaguars last month that they would get potentially the most gifted player in the draft and the player they originally wanted to draft in the next round, they would rip your hand off. It's the thing of fairy tales and Hollywood movies, that kind of luck does not fall at your feet every day but the sun has finally shined on the Florida football team.

Last season, Gus Bradley looked to have finally got the team trending on the up. Blake Bortles had established himself as a capable quarterback, scoring 35 touchdowns and totting up 4,428 yards while giving up 18 interceptions.


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That was buffed by a pair of impressive receivers that have grown with him in his second season at Jacksonville. Allen Robinson went for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns while his fellow Allen, of the Hurns variety, scored 10 touchdowns as he put up 1,031 receiving yards on the season.

They are an incredibly promising quartet that can be a foundation of their offence for years. Bortles reminds a lot of commentators of Be Roethlisberger, with his size and ability to stay on his feet, while Robinson has grown into a true number one receiver along with Hurns providing a strong deep threat.

Add to that the fact that they have Julius Thomas as well, who wasn't quite as impressive as he was for the Denver Broncos but certainly has the talent to be an extra weapon across the middle of the field. The free agent signing of Chris Ivory should also boost their running game that has stagnated in recent years, his 1,070-yard season with the New York Jets proof that he's a solid RB in the NFL.

Their defence was the thing holding them back in 2015 but in one off-season of splurging and a little sprinkle of luck, they could have fixed that problem. Dante Fowler Jr. will be returning from injury, which should be a real boost to their defensive front if he can rediscover the form that got him drafted high by the team this time last year.

Putting an underrated Super Bowl winner in Malik Jackson into that mix too and they already look like a much more solid team. They took the plunge on Myles Jack, who everyone avoided with his injury worries, but it could be the steal of the second round if he can help create some havoc for opposing quarterbacks, especially in a division without a really spectacular offensive line.

However, they still needed to improve a dire secondary and they got a solid safety in Tashaun Gipson, who has shown flashes that he could be a good player. Then they benefitted from a small slide from Jalen Ramsey, a player many people fell in love with in the run up to the draft and could be the corner they have been dreaming of.

He may have only had three interceptions in college but his man-to-man coverage and closing speed are so impressive that you forget the impact he has on the ball. Ramsey could set a standard the Jags really need and with those kind of additions overall on their D, they look like an exciting team.

The owners have also shown patience with Gus Bradley and should be commended for sticking by him, but this is his season to prove his coaching chops. He has the backing of the dressing room, his offence is almost sorted and now his defensive sensibilities should help nudge their newly improved unit in the right direction.

The Jaguars absolutely have a chance to win the AFC South this year. There are some other improving teams in the division but no-one is absolutely above them and with what they showed last season, they have nothing to fear. Finally, there's hope for them and their fans will pray that this isn't a false potential dawn for their team.

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