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Fantasy Information: Jacksonville Jaguars Offense is on the Rise

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Last season the Jaguars had a disappointing year all together. But when you consider their offensive line problems, you can understand why they struggled.

The line problems started at center, when Brad Meester missed most of training camp and all the way through the first 6 games of the season.

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Then his replacement backup tackle Richard Collier was sadly shot and paralyzed a short time before the season started.

Disaster struck again when they lost both guard Vince Manuwai and fellow guard Maurice Williams in week one. Both linemen were placed on injured reserve following that game and the Jags were behind the eight ball.

With offensive line issues, it is no wonder why David Garrard had only 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew had a career low 4.2 yards per carry as well.

In spite of these problems Drew did manage an strong 14 touchdowns in 2008, which should tell you he is an elite touchdown maker, weather his team struggles or not.

Offensive Line gets help this off-season

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Head coach Jack Del Rio seemed to be a man on a mission this off-season, to repair his offensive line. This is not surprising as most head coaches that have come out of Baltimore, place a heavy importance on defense and a big strong o-line.

Del Rio sited the reason for his line injuries was mainly because of a poor off-season conditioning program. He then fired the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator and through signed linemen in free agency, like LT Tre Thomas.

In the 2009 NFL draft he selected stud tackle Eugene Monroe (8th overall pick) and second round tackle Eben Britten.

While these additions are very good, it will be crucial that the Jaguars starting linemen stay healthy. But if they continue to have health problems, at least they have more depth.

Skill Position Players

With Fred Taylor now gone to New England, one has to believe that MJD is ready for a great season.

Maurice has always been a good touchdown maker, but he has suffered in fantasy leagues because of his lack of carries. Drew has never had more then 197 carries in a season. Expect that total to change this year.

As long as Jones-Drew is healthy, he will make those around him better options in fantasy football. Defenses have to respect the run and short passing game, if only because he is on the field.

With attention place on the run , expect the passing lanes to open up for new veteran receiver Torry Holt, down the field.

Speaking of Torry Holt, this acquisition now gives David Garrard a true No.1 receiver to look for in the offense. Holt’s presence will also make life easier on the rest of the receivers, as they will enjoy less attention from the defense.

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Fantasy Football Information for the Jags

This season in fantasy drafts their are four main players I like on draft day. Those are David Garrard, Torry Holt, MJD and kicker Josh Schobee.

Mourice Jones-Drew should be a first round pick in just about every fantasy draft this summer. He is ready to be the runner we have all waited for, now that Taylor is gone.

This is the best team Torry Holt has been on in at least three seasons. The past few years have been a complete joke in St. Louis and Holt was doomed to fail. But now he will have solid supporting cast. Torry is ready to be a consistent fantasy scorer yet again.

When you factor in David Garrard’s abililty to by time with his feet, one has to believe that Holt’s yards per catch will rise as well.

Look for Torry some where starting from the eight round down in your draft.

David Garrard and Josh Schobee are only late round pick this season. While they may not be starters at the beginning of the year for your team, they should be serviceable during the season.

Written By- Sean E. Douglas:

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