Why we need to worry about the Jaguars’ run to the playoffs
How could the Jaguars not have another offensive lineman and running back on the roster?
They have one of the league’s best pass rushers, Tashaun Gipson, who had the second-most sacks (15) of any guard in the NFL last season.
They signed offensive tackle Jordan Mills, who could be a big help in pass protection.
They also signed tight end Mike Evans, who made six catches for 93 yards in his first season.
They had a solid secondary in 2015, including former Bills cornerback Darryl Morris and former Browns and Ravens safety Tavon Young.
And the team has three starters on defense who are all back.
This year’s starting secondary has five returning starters.
They added two veterans from the 2013 draft class: cornerback Darrin Walls and safety Jourdan Lewis.
They are looking to add another safety after spending two picks on the position.
And defensive tackle Michael Bennett is returning from injury, which should help.
And they’ve added veteran safety Tashon Clark, who will play safety at the position next season.
And linebacker Dontari Poe, who was one of three rookies to start for the team last year, was a first-team All-Pro last year.
The Jaguars drafted safety DeAndre Levy and safety Trevon Coley, both of whom will be expected to play a significant role in coverage.
And cornerback Chris Clemons, who played on the edge in 2016 and helped the Jaguars cover the deep middle of the field.
And wide receiver Marqise Lee, who caught eight passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns last season and is returning a strong preseason.
And tackle Jordan Phillips, who led the NFL in sacks last season, is expected to return.
And safety Marcus Sherels, who is expected back after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
And offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo, who spent the past two seasons as a backup center in Jacksonville, is back.
And kicker Justin Tucker, who missed all of 2016 after suffering a knee sprain.
And running back Eddie Lacy, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2016, is also expected to come back.
And guard Gabe Ikard is expected at left tackle after starting three games last year at right tackle.
And quarterback Tyler Bray, who struggled in 2016 as a rookie, is returning after missing most of the season due to injury.
And tight end Blake Bell, who has been a backup the past three seasons, is making the move to right tackle this season.
And right guard Jake Matthews, who came to Jacksonville from the Texans as a free agent, has been named the starter at right guard.
And left tackle Austin Pasztor, who started 14 games in 2016 at right right tackle, will be making the switch to left tackle this year.
And starting right tackle Andrew Whitworth is expected return from a season with knee issues.
And backup tackle Mike Brisiel will be returning after starting the last two seasons at right end.
And outside linebacker Darrion Owens is expected starting the final three games at outside linebacker, where he was a starter in 2016.
And reserve defensive tackle Landon Collins will be back after playing three years at outside cornerback.
And center Matt Kalil is returning, after missing the last five games of the year with a foot injury.
And free agent defensive tackle Kamerion Wimbley will be taking over the role of right tackle after he missed all last season because of a concussion.
And former first-round pick Malik Jackson is returning to the lineup after missing nearly two seasons with a neck injury.
And veteran safety Lerentee McCray, who earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2016 after starting 15 games, is coming off an injury-shortened season with the Jets.
And undrafted free agent cornerback Brandon King will be getting his shot at the cornerback position.