With a spotty receiving corp last year that was plagued by injuries and missing spots the Jaguars had to improvise with a lot of new receivers that had to fill key positions. With 3,593 passing yards in 2017, landing the team at 17th overall in terms of passing offense, the Jaguars definitely have some room for improvement. With the Jaguars WR1 Allen Robinson out virtually the whole season due to an ACL tear the Jags desperately needed new guys to step up. Who ended up filling those roles last year? Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, and Allen Hurns. Any hopes of using rookie Dede Westbrook throughout the season also fell through when he sustained a abdomen injury that kept him out for the first nine games of the season.
The heavy lifting fell into the hands of Marqise Lee who posted 56 catches for 702 yards and Keelan Cole who put up an impressive 42 catches for 748 yards. Hurns also had a decent amount of catches with 39 grabs for 484 yards. But going into 2018 the Jaguars obviously felt the need to add new talent for Bortles to sling it to. With the offseason signing of former Colts WR Donte Moncrief and the second round acquisition of DJ Chark, the Jaguars have hopefully found two new solid receivers. Moncrief is coming into his 5th season in the NFL and has a lot of skill and experience in the game that he is going to have to translate over to these new rookies including Chark and another WR hopeful that I have had my eye on, Allen Lazard (who is a long shot to make the 53 man roster).
Despite these new rookies and the other mix of WRs the Jaguars have brought together they still lack a true WR1. Allen Robinson was that guy but now he’s with da Bears. This season will test many of these WRs and some of these guys will eventually step up and fill these rolls and it will be interesting to see who will get the WR1 spot come week 1. It appears that Marqise Lee and Donte Moncrief have the inside track when it comes to earning a starting job.
The Jaguars, however, may not use a receiver as a true number one this season, instead opting to go with the hot hand or working to exploit specific matchups from week to week.
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