JTM: KEENAN MCCARDELL RETURNS HOME
Keenan Mccardell returns home
Keenan McCardell, who made a name for himself as an NFL wide receiver in Jacksonville during the mid to late 1990's is returning to the Jaguars -- this time as the Wide Receiver Coach. While many believe the significance of a Wide Receiver Coach is minuscule at best, they couldn't be further from the truth. Wide Receivers have a much more technical craft than people give them credit for and Keenan will now be charged with helping the Allen Brothers, Marqise Lee and the rest of the gang perfect that craft. And he has some really big shoes to fill. The man he replaces is a living legend when it comes to WR Coaches -- his predecessor Jerry Sullivan worked with and got the best out of some of the most talented receivers in the game and is widely regarded as the best WR Coach in the world. And while Keenan is a Duval legend in his own right, fans won't give him a pass if he fails to get the most out of the incredibly talented and deep Jaguars WR group.
So why is Keenan such a legend? Well there's the swagger that he brought to the playing field. There's his tag team partner and him being known as Thunder and Lighting respectively. There's his tireless work ethic and desire to be the best -- yeah he's all that, but lets take a look at some of his numbers.
Keenan McCardell played for the Jaguars from 1996-2001. He never should have been allowed to leave in free agency, but hopefully his former coach and GM and current Executive Vice President learned from that terrible mistake. Sorry for the rant -- back to the numbers. Yes, Yes .... Keenan caught 499 passes for the Jaguars over that 6 year span. Thats an average of 83 a year. He also scored 30 TDs and racked up 6,393 yards for the Jags.With an average of 83 catches, 5 TDs, and 1066 yards per season while in Jacksonville, Keenan was downright amazing. He and Jimmy helped elevate the Jaguars to the AFC Championship not once but twice. And while Jimmy Smith will always be the best WR to ever play for the Jaguars, Keenan is not too far behind -- his average of 83 catches per season in black and teal is actually higher than Jimmy's average of 78 catches per year.
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