2006 Jacksonville Jaguars Preview

2006 preview of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team from the Maddux Sports handicapping team. Be sure this season to use Maddux's premium and Free NFL Picks and be sure to bookmark the NFL Football Odds feed which gives you up to date betting lines from 16 of the elite offshore sportsbooks in the industry.

Last season the Jags posted a 12-5 record on their way to a first round playoff elimination contest. This year, coach Jack Del Rio and company feel that they can go a lot further.

Quarterback Byron Leftwich (302 ATT, 175 COMP, 2,123 YDS, 15 TDs, 5 INT) has many fine qualities, but one is not mobility. A team leader, smart decision-maker and sound passer, he needs to get rid of the ball more quickly. Last season he was sacked 32 times.

Jacksonville’s running game tends to be a shared affair, with Fred Taylor (194 ATT, 787 YDS, 4.1 AVG, 3 TDs) and Greg Jones (151 ATT, 575 YDS, 3.8 AVG, 4 TDs) leading the effort. Talented rookie RB Maurice Jones-Drew (UCLA) may see substantial action this season.

WR Jimmy Smith (70 REC, 1,023 YDS, 14.6 AVG, 6 TDs) retired, leaving a big hole in the air attack. Third-year receiver Reggie Williams (35 REC, 445 YDS, 12.7 AVG, 0 TD) and second-year man Matt Jones (36 REC, 432 YDS, 12.0 AVG, 5 TDs) become primary targets. Ernest Wilford (41 REC, 681 YDS, 16.6 AVG, 7 TDs), who took over in 2005 when Williams was injured, can provide sound output and may start.

A bunch of injuries made the offensive line ineffective in 2005. Leftwich needs adequate protection; coaches are trying to solve the problem.

This was the sixth best defense in the league, with 19 interceptions and 47 sacks. The secondary will be led by newly acquired free agent Brian Williams and the up-and-coming Rashean Mathis. Veteran Mike Peterson is the work horse and heart and soul of the linebacking squad.

The defensive line is good. Anchored by Pro Bowl tackle Marcus Stroud and tackle John Henderson, they’re looking for more from an already good squad. Reggie Hayward had 8.5 sacks, Paul Spicer 7.5, Rob Meier 6 and Bobby McCray 5.5. Look for this line to explode this season.

2006 Jacksonville Jaguars Predictions

Jacksonville has some tough games against Miami and New England. Pittsburgh on September 18 and Indianapolis six days later will be a real test of this team. They probably won't get to 12-5 again but we will call for the Jags to take second in the AFC South and get back to the playoffs as a wild card.

For more info on the Jaguars AFC South division rivals check out the Colts, Texans, and Titans team previews from the MadduxSports.com experts.

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