One has to bet whether or not the Jaguars are wishing they held onto wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns this offseason.
They didn’t, and losing top receiver Marqise Lee to a season-ending knee injury this preseason hurts badly.
Of course, fellow Jacksonville wideouts Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook could step in and alleviate the concerns. But it’s not exactly the most ideal of situations for quarterback Blake Bortles and the Jags passing offense.
Sure, everything that takes place in Jacksonville this season will center on running back Leonard Fournette, the ground game and arguably the NFL’s best defense. Certainly the best within the AFC.
But at some point, as was perfectly clear in the postseason, Bortles will have to make plays through the air. He’s been unable to do this with any sort of regularity over his career, which doesn’t bode well.
Especially with Lee out of the mix.
The Jags will stay high in NFL power rankings for much of 2018, most likely. But one shouldn’t automatically expect another deep run into the playoffs.