To say the least, the 2010s have not been kind to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team’s one playoff appearance over the last 10 years tells a lot of the story. Still, there have been many talented players on Jacksonville, though it rarely comes together. This list showcases the Jaguars All-Decade Team for the 2010s, with this article focusing on the offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars All-Decade Team: The Offense
Quarterback: Gardner Minshew (2019-Present)
Gardner Minshew may have only played one year but has already shown more promise as a passer than the likes of Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, or Blaine Gabbert. His ability to create out of structure, throw under pressure, and excellent deep ball accuracy is a breath of fresh air that Jacksonville fans needed. Minshew put up 3271 yards and 21 touchdowns with only four interceptions on the year in 14 games. Minshew also had a 6-6 record in games he started in with three of those being game-winning drives. Despite poor Quarterback play plaguing the Jaguars this decade, they may have finally found their franchise quarterback.
Running Back: Maurice Jones-Drew (2010-2013)
The early 2010s Jaguars didn’t have many bright spots, but Maurice Jones-Drew was undoubtedly one of them. Maurice Jones-Drew was one of the Jaguars most dominant players, and his outstanding numbers back that up. Once longtime Jacksonville star Fred Taylor left the team in 2009, Jones-Drew would put up three consecutive 1000 yard seasons. In 2011 Jones-Drew also set the Jaguars season rushing record at 1606 yards.
Wide Receivers: Allen Robinson (2014-2017), Allen Hurns (2014-2017), DJ Chark (2018-Present)
During the 2014 off-season, Jacksonville got two great additions at receiver, one in the 2nd round in Allen Robinson and the other as an undrafted free agent in Allen Hurns. Robinson and Hurns both broke out in 2015, where they had over 1000 yards receiving each. This was the first time Jacksonville has had two receivers over 1000 yards since 2001. In the same season, Allen Robinson broke the Jaguars receiving touchdown record with 14 while Allen Hurns tied for 2nd with 10 touchdowns. While the duo wouldn’t achieve better success after this season, they still went on to have relatively productive careers in Jacksonville.
Though DJ Chark has only been in the NFL for two years with only the second being productive, he has shown enough flashes to make this list. Chark is one of only three receivers to have a 1000 yard season for the Jaguars this decade. On the field, Chark’s ability to win downfield is easily the best part of his game. He is excellent at tracking the ball downfield, winning in contested catch situations, and his speed is superb. Chark has also made great strides in his releases and route running since his rookie season. Between the talent Chark shows, and the progression he’s made in his short career, his future in Jacksonville seems very promising.
Tight End: Marcedes Lewis (2010-2017)
Prior to being cut in 2018, Marcedes Lewis was one of the most tenured players in Jacksonville. Lewis was drafted in 2006 during the first round and would spend the next 12 years in Jacksonville. Though there wasn’t much overall team success during his time in Jacksonville, Lewis did have a solid career, starting in 157 games and ending with over 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Tackle: Jeremy Parnell (2015-2018), Eugene Monroe (2010-2013)
After serving as a backup in Dallas the first few years of his career, Jeremy Parnell signed a five-year contract with the Jaguars. There Parnell would step into the starting right tackle role immediately. Parnell’s combination of strength and strong hand technique made it tremendously hard to get off his blocks in both the pass and run game. Parnell also started in every game he was healthy for during his four-year career in Jacksonville. The stability and solid play Parnell offered to Jacksonville gets him a spot on this list.
The early 2010’s offensive line’s Jacksonville put together left more to be desired, to say the least. However, Eugene Monroe was a nice piece on some abysmal offensive lines. Monroe was originally drafted eighth overall in the 2009 NFL draft and started in 62 games for the team over five seasons before being traded during the 2013 season.
Interior Offensive Line: Brandon Linder (2014-Present), Brad Meester (2010-2013), Andrew Norwell (2018-Present)
Center Brandon Linder is one of the most tenured players in Jacksonville right now and for a good reason. Linder would be drafted to Jacksonville in 2014 and became an essential addition to its offensive line. After playing a season at guard and another as a backup, Linder finally got a chance at center. Once at Center, Linder’s play significantly improved. Linder would go on to receive over a 75 PFF grade all four years starting at center and got a second contract with the team that made him the highest-paid center at the time.
Longtime Jacksonville center Brad Meester also makes this list despite playing most of his career in the 2000s. Despite this, Meester was still one of the best interior offensive linemen Jacksonville has had this decade. Meester played in 209 games in his career and started in all of them. Meester played his entire 13-year career with the Jaguars before retiring in 2013 and served as a focal point of their offensive line for well over a decade.
Though Andrew Norwell may not have lived up to his five year 66.5 million contract he signed in 2018, he still gets on this list. Jacksonville’s guard play has been remarkably bad the past decade, but Norwell has given solid guard play the past two years. Despite not quite meeting expectations in Jacksonville, Norwell still brings good power and physicality that has meshed with the Jaguars style of play nicely during his tenure.
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