What is a team to do when the new supposed number one receiver they picked up in the off season gets injured? Well, let the fans know. Porter got hurt during OTAs early on and underwent surgery this past Thursday.
“He had this issue since it popped in the spring,” Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio told jaguars.com Friday evening. “It’s a blessing that we’re going to have him for the season. We’re going to get him back for the regular season. That’s how I see it.”
Fortunately, the Jaguars have depth at wide receiver right now (something I never thought I would say).
Unfortunately, the talent of this depth is basically an unknown. Mike Walker, who got hurt last year, is a fan favorite. He was drafted last year but underwent knee surgery that kept him out his entire rookie year. He performed well during OTAs and so did Troy Williamson (my personal favorite — I love me some comeback stories) but there is no telling how well they will actually perform in game.
Then there is Reggie Williams. He is the one receiver that really stood out last year. He even broke the single season touchdown record. However, I am not entirely convinced his performance last year will continue into this year. Hopefully the new additions to the team will continue to fan the fire he started last year.
Dennis Northcutt, who we got from Cleveland, was pretty reliable in the regular season last year but not so much in the playoffs where he dropped two important passes in the game against the New England Patriots.
Matt Jones hopefully won’t be on the team much longer.
John Broussard just isn’t that good.
So what we have here is a hurt number one reciever, two unknowns, a guy who showed a lot of improvement last year and a guy who can perform well enough.
Maybe I should be worried but I am not. I’ll take my chances.