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Author: Jon Kuzma
Blake Bortles’ time in Jacksonville is coming to an end and that means the Jaguars needs to find another quarterback to add to their roster. They have Cody Kessler who took over the starting job after Bortles was benched but what if they signed the journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick? FitzMagic was on display in the first half of the season and it’s clear he’s outgrown the backup QB role. With 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in only 8 games of action it makes you wonder how good Fitzpatrick’s stats would’ve been had he finished things out? Tampa Bay wanted to incorporate Jameis Winston back into their offense but that was a questionable decision. The Bucs would’ve been much better had they stuck with Ryan Fitzpatrick and his quarterback rating proves it. Jameis Winston finished with a 90.2 rating but Fitzpatrick had a 100.4. The Jaguars need to be proactive in free agency and at least sign the 36 year old signal caller to a one year deal. There will be a temptation to draft a young guy but Fitzpatrick can win in this league. He’s still got some gas left in the tank and then those draft picks can be used to improve other areas of the team. After sitting through all of those Bortles’ turnovers for the past three years this will be a breath of fresh air for Doug Marrone. Then you build around Fitzpatrick by loading up on the offensive side of the ball. There wasn’t a single 1,000 yards receiver on this roster and truthfully they need a couple of weapons out wide. If they can sign a pair of receivers in free agency (Golden Tate and John Brown?) and acquire someone like A.J Brown (Ole Miss) in the first round then that group would be very potent. With Fitzpatrick dealing to those guys then the Jaguars could completely reinvent themselves. It’s an unconventional route but there’s no doubt it would lead to a better passing attack.
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