The Jaguars bring into Soldier Field a 1-3 record on Sunday, but they also bring a roster filled with young talent centered around third-year quarterback Blake Bortles.
“I see a young quarterback that’s improving year to year and week to week,” says Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “He’s got a strong arm. He’s very athletic. We’re going to have to do a better job of keeping him in the pocket, not letting him extent plays and throw on the run, or scramble for first downs.”
Bortles has number of young weapons at his disposal as well. Wide receiver Allen Robinson is one of the top young receivers in the league. He already has 21 receptions and three touchdowns.
“He’s very acrobatic, you know good at plucking the ball up in the air type of receiver. He’s obviously got good karma going with the quarterback,” says Fangio.
It’s not just the offense with young talent. The defense has play makers as well. Brian Hoyer played against that defense twice last year when he played for Houston.
“Gosh, you look at these guys on paper they’ve been adding talent year after year after year,” says Hoyer. “It’s a team I’m familiar with played against them twice last year. All around defensively I can only speak on them you got some beasts up front, a lot of high draft picks or big free agents on the back end.”
Despite all the young talent on the roster the Jaguars have gotten off to a rough start this season. Three of their first four games have been decided by four points or less. Jacksonville lost two of those games.