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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars offense improve under Nick Foles?

The Jacksonville Jaguars offense was very poor last year. We look at whether we can expect any improvement this year after quarterback Nick Foles’s debut on Thursday.

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The Jaguars definitely need to improve on offense this season. They were poor in 2018, ranking 27th on yardage and 31st on points, and things haven’t started particularly well in preseason. 

The third preseason game in Miami brought a third heavy loss for the year. So far their record reads: 0-29, 10-24 and 7-22. Doug Marrone was clear they ‘weren’t trying’ in the first two games but three defeats and a lack of scoring plays doesn’t inspire hope.

What does inspire hope is Nick Foles. The Super Bowl MVP was the most important change to the offense from last season and he took on the leadership role in training camp. He also picked up a touchdown on his first outing, which was a good start.

He was playing it safe and secure against the Dolphins on Thursday, sending the ball to just two key players – leading receiver Dede Westbrook and leading rusher Leonard Fournette. 

That nucleus will form the backbone to the Jaguars offense this year so it’s only right that they get in as many live action reps as possible.

With Marqise Lee back in the fold after missing last year with a knee injury and Chris Conley signing from the Chiefs the Jags have access to a stronger receiving pool than last year.

It’s too early to tell whether Foles and new OC John DeFilippo can turn the ship around but the signs are they have a chance to build from their solid Fournette/Westbrook core and create a workable offense.

They may not lead the league on offense but with rookie Josh Allen adding to the Sacksonville vibe they may not have to.

Further reading

If you liked this have a look at our 2019 Futures Series. Doug Marrone gets a mention in our Coach of the Year preview.