Browns 2017 opponent breakdown: Jaguars, Week 11


One by one, is breaking down each of the Browns' 2017 regular season opponents as training camp fast approaches.*

Who: Jacksonville Jaguars

When: Nov. 19

Where:FirstEnergy Stadium

Series history:5-11 (Most recent: Jaguars 24, Browns 6 in 2014)

Way-too-early storyline(s): The Jaguars enter this season with a new head coach (Doug Marrone) and new executive vice president of football operations (former Giants coach Tom Coughlin) after a disappointing 2016 campaign. They were supposed to compete for an AFC South title in then-head coach Gus Bradley's fourth season. Instead, Jacksonville took a step backward, finishing 3-13 in a year that saw third-year QB Blake Bortles regress and its offense struggle to find consistent footing.

Key players to watch:QB Blake Bortles, RB  Leonard Fournette, WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, TE Marcedes Lewis, OL Cam Robinson, OL Branden Albert, DL Malik Jackson, DL Calais Campbell, DL Dante Fowler, Jr., LB Myles Jack, CB Jalen Ramsey, CB A.J. Bouye, SS Barry Church

What happened this offseason?

—- After a year in which Jacksonville was supposed to contend for a playoff spot, it parted ways with Bradley in December and tabbed Marrone and Coughlin to help re-direct the franchise. Marrone served as the Jaguars' interim head coach for the final two games of the 2016 season and previously was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14.

— The Jaguars drafted former LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth-overall pick, giving Jacksonville's run game a boost after finishing 22nd in yards per game. Fournette, widely believed to be one of the best running back prospects in recent memory, totaled 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU. Fournette is expected to start ahead of veterans T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory.

They added big-time free agents on defense, including former Cardinals star defensive lineman Calais Campbell, Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye and Cowboys safety Barry Church. Campbell spent his first nine seasons in Arizona and is a two-time Pro Bowler. Church spent his first seven seasons in Dallas, totaling 488 tackles, five interceptions and 16 pass breakups in that span. Bouye is coming off a big season in Houston, where he finished with 63 tackles, 16 pass breakups and an interception.

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