2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown: 29. Jacksonville Jaguars

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May 16, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws during rookie minicamp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

29.  Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South)

2013 Record:  4-12

Head coach:  Gus Bradley – Bradley joined the Jaguars in 2013 after helping the Seattle Seahawks develop the best defense in the NFL as their defensive coordinator.  And going 4-12 in Jacksonville last year was probably better than most would have expected, as the Jags were surprisingly competitive last season.

Best offensive player:  Cecil Shorts, wide receiver – With Maurice Jones-Drew gone to Oakland and Justin Blackmon serving an indefinite suspension, the Jaguars best offensive player is Cecil Shorts.  He’s been the Jags leading receiver for the past two seasons, and if he can get consistent quarterback play this year, he’ll more than likely do it again.

Best defensive player:  Paul Posluszny, middle linebacker – Posluszny has been a steady force in the middle for the Jaguars defense the past three seasons.  He’s not spectacular, but is very productive, and can be counted upon to play well against the run as well as the pass.

Rising Star:  Luke Joeckel, left tackle – Joeckel’s rookie season was cut short due to an ankle injury, but he showed some potential when he did play.  And now that he’s putting the injury behind him, he has the talent to become a very good left tackle in the NFL.

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