The clock is ticking for David Caldwell and Gus Bradley in Jacksonville.
Entering their fourth year together, the Jaguars' general manager – a St. Francis High School product – and coach have a combined record of 12-36.
"Any pressure we feel is really internally," Caldwell told USA Today earlier this offseason. At some point, however, owner Shad Khan's patience will wear out. Coming off a 5-11 season, the Jaguars need to start producing.
The good news is, there are some promising pieces in place to suggest that a turnaround could be coming. Quarterback Blake Bortles made big strides in his second year, and has a No. 1 receiver to throw to in Allen Robinson. The defense also has some promising pieces, including 2015 No. 3 overall draft pick Dante Fowler Jr., who is ready to return after missing all of his rookie season because of a knee injury.
The Buffalo News continues its look at the Bills’ opponents in 2016 with a closer look at the Jaguars, who visit Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 12.
Additions: DT Malik Jackson (previously with Denver), LT Kelvin Beachum (Pittsburgh), S Tashaun Gipson (Cleveland), RB Chris Ivory (New York Jets), P Brad Nortman (Carolina), LB Bjoern Werner (Indianapolis), CB Prince Amukamara (New York Giants).
Analysis: The Jaguars had the most money to spend under the salary cap this offseason, so they gave a boat load of it to Jackson. He has just one full season under his belt as a starter, but the good news is he's just 26, so his best years should be ahead of him. ... Beachum is expected to bump first-round bust Luke Joeckel out of the starting lineup at left tackle. Expect Jacksonville to shop Joeckel at the end of training camp if he can't slide inside to guard. Gipson, who's just 25, should help shore up a leaky secondary, as should Amukamara. ... Ivory got a five-year deal worth up to $32 million, but just $10 million is guaranteed. Physical runners like him tend to age quickly. ... Werner is a 2013 first-round bust of a pick by the Colts, but there's little risk in seeing if he can resurrect his career with the Jags.
Departures: G Zane Beadles (signed with San Francisco), TE Clay Harbor (New England), DE Andre Branch (Miami), P Bryan Anger (Tampa Bay), C Stefen Wisniewski (Philadelphia), DE Chris Clemons (Seattle), LT Sam Young (Miami).
Analysis: Both Beadles and Clemons were part of Jacksonville's last big free-agency push, but neither lived up to their contracts. Fortunately, they were structured in a way that made them easy to get out of for the team. ... Wisniewski played every offensive snap last season and was fairly good, so it's a surprise the Jaguars let him walk. ... The Jaguars chose to re-sign Marcedes Lewis instead of Harbor.
Draft report: Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey (first round), UCLB LB Myles Jack (second round), Maryland DB/OLB Yannick Ngakoue (third round), Notre Dame DT Sheldon Day (fourth round).
Analysis: Getting Ramsey with the fifth overall pick was a score for Caldwell. It didn't seem possible that he would fall out of the top four picks. He'll begin his career at cornerback, but can also play safety. ... Getting Jack in the second round could be the steal of the decade – if he stays healthy. The linebacker has a knee condition that forced several teams to pass on him in the first round. He was recognized as a top-10 talent by virtually every analyst heading into the draft. ... Ngakoue figures to be a designated pass rusher early in his career. ... The analytics website Pro Football Focus graded Day as the best defensive tackle in college football last season.
Returning Pro Bowlers: WR Allen Robinson
Biggest question: How close to finished is Caldwell's rebuild? It's hard to see the St. Francis product getting another chance if Jacksonville falls short of the playoffs this season.