Jaguars Like Their Offensive Skill Positions


November 10, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks safety Ross Rasner (35) knocks a pass away from South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders (1) in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

For a long time the Jacksonville Jaguars really struggled at their skill positions, especially at wide receiver.  They couldn’t quite lock down the spots.  We’ve seen Jerry Porter, Matt Jones, and Mike Sims-Walker all try to lock down the outside.  But now it seems the Jaguars are more set the skill positions, especially wide receiver, than they have been in the past.

For a while, because the Jaguars couldn’t lockdown wide receiver, it felt that the team was particularly week at those positions.  However, the Jaguars really got weak everywhere on the roster.  In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jaguars addressed both skill positions (Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders) and the bigger need of the offensive line.

Luke Joeckel isn’t going to solve the Jaguars offensive line woes all on his own, but he will definitely help.  Though even Joeckel wasn’t the biggest indication that the Jaguars more satisfied with their skill positions than in years past.  While Robinson and Sanders are dynamic and sure-fire special teams masters, the focus of the draft was on the defensive secondary.  It seems the Jaguars are satisfied with what Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts III, Mohamed Massaqoui, and Jordan Shipley bring to the table.

I’m inclined to agree.  Sanders and Robinson will help though and I’m pleased that the Jaguars were able to add dynamic players to an area they likely felt decently satisfied with heading into the draft, allowing them to address the positions in rounds four and five.

– Luke N. Sims

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