The Jacksonville Jaguars historically have had issues at wide receiver, most recently with 2nd year wideout Ace Sanders, but they have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the position going forward. Most of the good vibes stem from the two guys selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft – Allen Robinson out of Penn State and Marqise Lee out of USC.
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Lee and Robinson were both considered possible first round picks heading into the draft, and they were beginning to show why in the rookie mini-camp last May. Unfortunately, both guys were limited by nagging injuries through the following weeks. Instead of seeing first round pick Blake Bortles throwing to presumably his targets for the next several years, we saw him throwing to undrafted free agents and other guys who likely won’t make the roster.
Luckily both wide receivers look to be ready for training camp. This is especially encouraging for Marqise Lee, who was seen in a walking boot this offseason.
"“I’m pretty much cleared. They still want me to take it slow as far as right now. During camp, that’s when I pick it up. We’ve got a while before we actually put on pads, so by that time pads come on, I should be OK.”– Marqise Lee"
While Lee should provide the breakaway, top-end speed this receiving corp has never really had, Robinson has the size to give the Jaguars another red zone option besides veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis. The trio of Lee, Robinson, and Cecil Shorts III has the makings of a diverse, potent passing attack.
– Daniel Lago