Previewing Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 Opponents

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 01: Joe Burrow and Urban Meyer attend Michael Rubin's Fanatics Super Bowl Party at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on February 01, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Fanatics)

Jacksonville Jaguars went 1-15 in 2020, losing 15 in a row after a week 1 win against the Colts.

However, the 2021 Jaguars should be way more exciting and win a lot more games. Former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer will lead the Jags, who are expected to take Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the #1 draft pick. In addition to those two, Jags have 10 other draft picks (including a second first rounder) and $100 million in cap space.

Jaguars games will be exciting and with Meyer and Lawrence on board, there are some key storylines to watch with both.

Connections and storylines with Urban Meyer

vs Titans – Mike Vrabel

Under Meyer, Vrabel got his first coaching job as Linebackers Coach at Ohio State in 2011 and was Defensive Line Coach in 2012-13, before moving on to the NFL as an assistant coach with the Texans.

vs 49ers – Nick Bosa

Before free agency and the draft, Nick Bosa is the most notable former Meyer player that he will face in 2021. Bosa was the #2 pick in the 2019 Draft after recording 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss in just over 2 seasons (injuries and off the field stuff kept Bosa off the field for all but 3 games in 2018).

vs Colts – Parris Campbell

In four years at Ohio State (2015-2018), Campbell caught 143 passes for 1,768 yards and 15 touchdowns. Since being drafted by the Colts in the second round of the 2019 Draft, Campbell has played just 9 games and caught 24 passes and has 3 total touchdowns (1 receiving, 2 rushing).

vs Bengals – Joe Burrow

Meyer recruited Joe Burrow as part of his 2015 recuriting class. From Athens, Ohio, Burrow was a 4-star prospect who was the 8th ranked dual-QB and the 11th ranked player from Ohio. Burrow spent 3 seasons at Ohio State (2015-2017) before he transferred to LSU. In the two seasons he saw action, Burrow played 10 games, threw 39 passes, 2 of them from touchdowns.

Exciting coaching matchups

vs Patriots – Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick has 6 Super Bowl rings and Urban Meyer has 3 college championship rings. This would be a legendary coaching matchup.

vs Seahawks – Pete Carroll

Meyer is trying to do something only three men have done. Pete Carroll is one of three coaches to win a Super Bowl (Seahawks) and College National Championship (USC). The other two coaches are Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer.

vs Rams (Sean McVay) and 49ers (Kyle Shanahan)

McVay and Shanahan are both considered two of the brightest coaches in the game and each coach recently lost a Super Bowl. Seeing what each guy has in store for Meyer, and how he reciprocates will be an awesome battle to watch.

Trevor Lawrence

The presumed #1 pick in the 2021 Draft will oppose a lot of familiar faces during his rookie season.

vs Texans – Deshaun Watson

NOTE – This potential matchup is now a major question mark with Watson’s future as a Texan far from guaranteed.

Lawrence joins Deshaun Watson as Clemson’s 2 starting QBs in the NFL. Both men went 1-1 in championship games in their career. Watson lost to Alabama, before conquering them in 2016. Lawrence beat Alabama in 2019, before losing to LSU in 2020.

Speaking of that LSU team…

vs Bengals – Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins

Lawrence started his collegiate career 25-0, before finally losing his first game in the 2020 National Championship to Joe Burrow and LSU.

Burrow, who won the 2019 Heisman Trophy (something Lawrence never did), threw for 463 yards and 5 TDs in a 42-25 win. Lawrence did not throw a TD pass for only the second time in his career (out of 40 games total), though he did run for 1 TD. Lawrence completed just 18-37 passes.

As a rookie in 2020, one of Burrow’s primary weapons was Lawrence’s old friend Tee Higgins. Higgins caught 6 TDs as a Bengal and previously totaled 27 TDs from 2017-2019 at Clemson.

vs Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa

One year after Alabama beat Clemson in the CFP Semifinals with Kelly Bryant at QB, Clemson got it’s revenge in a BIG way.

Lawrence led the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 season, capping it off with a 44-16 victory over Tua and Alabama. Lawrence threw for 347 yards and 3 TDs, while Tagovailoa threw 2 TDs and 2 INTs.

One of Lawrence’s 3 TDs went to the aforementioned Higgins.

vs Jets – Justin Fields?

This is completely hypothetical. The Jets MIGHT draft Justin Fields #2 overall in this year’s draft (or they might stick with Sam Darnold). Lawrence and Clemson beat Fields and Ohio State in the 2020 Playoffs to face LSU and in 2021, Lawrence’s Clemson career ended with a blowout loss to the Buckeyes.

As of now, Lawrence is scheduled to oppose 3 other QBs drafted #1 – Rams (Jared Goff in 2016), Cardinals (Kyler Murray in 2019), Bengals (Joe Burrow in 2020).

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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