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Sorting out off season priorities for Jaguars, Bucs and Dolphins

Jamil King



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The Jacksonville Jaguars had the turnaround of a lifetime going from worst to first in the AFC South and reaching the AFC Title game. The Miami Dolphins went from a wild card team in 2016 to missing out on the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from a promising season to a disastrous 5-11 record.

With the off season upon us, here’s a quick look at needs are there for each team.

The Jags had the best season by far of the three teams and are the most equipped to make it to the Super Bowl of the teams in Florida, so what’s missing?

The Blake Bortles situation seemed to clear it’s self-up with the Jags having the season that he did. The Jags picked up his 5th-year option this time last year in the case he rediscovered his past form. He didn’t replicate his breakout 2015, but he did do a serviceable job but is it worth $19 million? He’s also had wrist surgery, too. It is definitely complicated.

The Jags also could use a tight end with a couple of names in the free agency market like Trey Burton and Jimmy Graham. The Jags could look to the draft at a guy like Mark Andrews to address the spot. The Jags also will look to re-sign number one receiver, Allen Robinson.

The Dolphins lost their quarterback Ryan Tannehill before the season started and the combination of Jay Cutler and Matt Moore didn’t get the job done. The Dolphins will get Tannehill back, if they want or could cut him off the books and look for another quarterback at the draft or hop in on the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes.

Look for them to keep Tannehill and look to lock up and maybe, overpay Jarvis Landry his favorite target. The Phins also need to address the linebacker spot with either Georgia’s Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds from VA Tech. We wrote before on the Phins history of not picking running backs early and could buck the trend as well.

The Bucs came into the fresh off a good season and were one of the “winners” of the offseason adding D-Jax, Chris Baker, and T.J Ward. We all know wins in the offseason don’t bring wins on the record books, and the Bucs found that out quickly and often.

The Bucs need a pass rusher either in the draft like N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb or free agency with a guy like Ezekiel Ansah. The Bucs could also use secondary help with Brent Grimes potentially hitting the market. They may not get a Trumaine Johnson or Malcolm Butler, but they could sign someone else maybe a guy coming off an injury like Vontae Davis or a cheaper alternative.

At seven in the draft, the Bucs are at the mercy of how the QB needy teams draft and what the Colts do. The Bucs could try to trade up and try to grab Saquon Barkley of Penn State and fill a void at RB or trade up to secure Chubb or Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama at safety.

At seven if all else fails can select Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson and sure up the O-line.

Free Agency will come first for all three teams.

Time to decide who you can keep and what you still need there first.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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