Jay Gruden reveals Jaguars’ offense ‘still in diapers’ leading up to the season
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have a new-look offense in 2020 and it may take some time for them to get acclimated to the new system. Jay Gruden, the team’s new offensive coordinator, revealed Jacksonville’s offense is ‘still in diapers’ leading up to the season.
”We’re still in diapers right now,” Gruden said, via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. ”We have a long way to go, but I’m excited about the guys. You’ve got to have guys willing to work. I feel like the mentality of this football team, and they don’t act like they know it all. They are willing to learn and do things the way we want to do things.”
Entering the 2020 season, Gardner Minshew is slated to be the team’s full-time starter. While he started in 12 games as a rookie last season, Minshew would lose the Jaguars’ starting job to Nick Foles. But with Foles no longer on the roster, it’s Minshew’s job to lose this season.
As Minshew prepares for his sophomore campaign, he’ll have to learn an entirely new offense under Gruden. At the least, the second-year quarterback has an assortment of weapons at his disposal.
Besides DJ Chark, who had a breakout season in 2019, the Jaguars also feature Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, and Keelan Cole. Meanwhile, rookies Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson figure to compete for roles at wide receiver. Also, Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead, and Chris Thompson should all see touches out of the backfield.
Just looking at the Jaguars’ offense, they have a young group that many believe will result in them having the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. On the other hand, Gruden believes there is untapped potential in the Jaguars’ offense this season.