As the 2017 NFL Draft concludes, this much is obvious: if the Jags don’t succeed offensively, it’s not going to be due to lack of personnel. With their selections of LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Saturday’s pick of speedy WR Dede Westbrook of Oklahoma to what they already had, the arsenal is full.
And therefore, we’re back to QB Blake Bortles and his well documented struggles that must be corrected or he will be out the door. No, Bortles or anyone making excuses for the offense not moving or scoring, can’t look at a roster that already had Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marquise Lee, and T.J. Yeldon and now added these picks, and say: “he hasn’t got the talent around him.”
Robinson is being added to an O-line that has also acquired former Pro Bowl veteran Branden Albert to play left tackle and should be better.
As for Westbrook, just like his former teammate in Norman, Joe Mixon, has two different domestic violence investigations in his past. But, on the field, he brings the blazing fast vertical routes to what coach Doug Marrone wants to see. Plus, put him on one side and Lee on the other, now the field will open up for Robinson and Hurns.
As for Yeldon, he’s got the chance to also succeed. He’s an excellent third down back, including catching the ball and will be able to compliment Fournette in spot duty and certain situations.
So, the pieces are there. The continuity of Marrone, with Nathan Hackett now calling the plays is huge. And Blake Bortles has no excuse to not be better because of all of it.