The Jacksonville Jaguars are loaded up with a new head coach in Urban Meyer, tons of draft capital and quite a bit of salary cap space to attempt to be get back to their glory days. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is who the Jaguars are expected to take and the hopes are it turns this team around after they “Tanked for Trevor” last season. Back to those glory days, the first football game I ever watched was between New England and Jacksonville when I was six years old. Mark Brunell was the quarterback and Fred Taylor was the running back and that’s all I remembered. Give me a break I was six. But upon researching for this I was able to watch film on all the great players the Jaguars had in the past. With that being said this is the list I have come up with so like usual comment at the bottom of the page and let me know what you think. These are my top 5 Jacksonville Jaguars of all-time. Let’s get rolling.
Keenan McCardell, Wide Receiver, (1996-2001)
Keenan McCardell was part of the best wide receiver duo in Jacksonville Jaguars history. You might see the other guy on this list later, who knows? McCardell is second on the team’s all-time receiving list with 6,393 yards and third in touchdowns with 30. McCardell was one of the best route runners in team history with most people giving him that honor. He did all the dirty work in the middle of the field and was a key possession guy who always found a way to move the chains. McCardell is still with the organization as a position coach to this day.
Tony Brackens, Defensive End, (1996-2003)
Tony Brackens is a player that would still flourish in the league, maybe even more if he played in today’s pass happy league. He could cover, stop the run and get to the quarterback. Brackens still remains at the top of the Jaguar’s all-time list in sacks with 55 and forced fumbles with 27. Tony was the biggest game changer the Jaguars have had on their defensive line in team history. Don’t believe me? Go watch is film, tape never lies.
Rashean Mathis, Cornerback (2003-2012)
With Jalen Ramsey’s Jaguar’s career not lasting that long, Rashean Mathis holds onto the best corner in team history spot, in my opinion. Mathis has the franchise records for interceptions, defensive yards and pass breakups. He is also tied with Telvin Smith for the number one spot in team history for defensive touchdowns with 3. The hometown kid did the Jaguars proud in his decade career with the team.
5.) Maurice Jones-Drew, Running Back, (2006-2013)
MJD was a dynamic running back for the Jags who is responsible for some of the best highlights in team history. He even owns the Jaguars team record for most rushing touchdowns at 68 and is second on the Jag’s all-time rushing list with 8,071 yards. Drew also was a great kick returner finishing his career with 2,054 and two touchdowns. MJD was a damn good back and deserves a spot on this list but if he was the second best back in Jaguar’s history who is first? Keep reading.
4.) Mark Brunell, Quarterback, (1995-2003)
Mark Brunell was the quarterback that led the Jaguars in their glory days and still holds all the teams major passing records to this day. Brunell has the most yards (25,698), touchdowns (144) and completions (2,184) in team history. He also was a solid runner as well, accumulating 2,219 yards on the ground which is also best in team history for a quarterback. For Jaguars fan’s sake they better hope Trevor Lawrence is the guy to start breaking Brunell’s records but one thing is for sure, no matter who it is, it’s going to take them a while.
3.) Jimmy Smith, Wide Receiver, (1995-2005)
Jimmy Smith is the best receiver in Jacksonville Jaguars history. He holds nearly every major receiving record for the Jags, including yards (12,287), receptions (862) and touchdowns (67). Smith hit his stride in the late 90’s when he made five consecutive Pro Bowls. If it wasn’t for off the field issues Smith would easily already be in the Hall of Fame as he was damn near unguardable on the vertical route in his prime and burned many defensive backs when it came to catching the deep ball.
2.) Fred Taylor, Running Back, (1998-2008)
Taylor owns all of the major rushing records for the Jags, including yards (11,271). Which ranks higher than Hall of Famers like O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Jim Taylor. Taylor also played running back when it was a much more physically demanding position than it is today. He played for a full decade showing his longevity and rushed for over 1,000 yards in seven of those seasons. To me, Taylor is one of the most underrated running backs of all-time and the NFL proved my point as he was only selected to one Pro Bowl in his career, which is crazy to me.
1.) Tony Boselli, Offensive Tackle, (1995-2001)
It’s honestly a shame and I don’t understand how Tony Boselli isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Boselli shut down Hall of Famers such as Jason Taylor and Bruce Smith in his career after being the first draft pick ever made in franchise history. Many blame Boselli’s short career for the reason why he’s not in the Hall of Fame yet even though players such as Terrell Davis and Kenny Easley are in with short careers as well. Boselli was a five time Pro Bowler, 3 time first-team All-Pro, a member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, and won NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1998. I hope that Boselli gets his due and gets into the Hall of Fame one day because he deserves to.
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