Preconceived notions are funny things, because they can cause us to ignore reality. And the reality is the Jaguars are a loaded team with one question mark at quarterback. Replace Blake Bortles with an above-average quarterback, perhaps one who was on the open market like Kirk Cousins, and the Jaguars might very well be the favorites to win the Super Bowl. They might very well be the most talented team in the NFL, if you believe some members of the football cognoscenti.
Three of their six losses were in one-score games, so they were unlucky in some respects. Their other three losses were by an average of 14 points. They also had five (!) wins of 20 points or more. They can snuff teams out when they’re playing at their top level.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane made it clear last week that when Jones returns to form, he won’t be guaranteed a spot back in the starting lineup.
He’s not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line, Beane said on WGR 550, via NewYorkUpstate.com. He’ll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He’s only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ [McCarron] yet. So that bond there will just have to form.
A 2017 second-round pick out of East Carolina, Jones was incosistent suring his first year in the pros, only rarely flashing brilliance. He tallied just 27 receptions for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
Even before undergoing knee surgery in May, the 23-year-old wideout was in the middle of an unnerving offseason. Jones underwent shoulder surgery in January, and he was arrested in March on a bizarre felony vandalism charge that was later dropped.