Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (88) runs into the end zone after making a catch for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
WR1: Allen Robinson, 2014 Second Round Draft Pick
WR2: Allen Hurns, 2014 Undrafted Free Agent
You would assume that Marqise Lee – Allen Robinson’s fellow second round pick from 2014 – would be the second starter at wide receiver for the Jaguars, but I think the bigger bodied Allen Hurns will get the nod at the end of the offseason. Hurns had the most receiving yardage for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014 with 677 while Robinson had an impressive 48 receptions for 548 yards last year.
Both Robinson and Hurns started for significant time during the 2014 season, so it makes sense to bring them back as starters in 2015. I like pairing the dependable Robinson with the big play threat of Hurns right out of the gate as the team will have big bodied (both of them are 6’3″) targets for Blake Bortles to utilize. Marqise Lee provides an intriguing option and was brought to the Jaguars to be a primary pass catcher, so expect him to be utilized a lot as well.
The Jags never managed to bring in the veteran pass catcher that they wanted this offseason, though it appears that the coaching staff is satisfied with the way the young receiving unit is shaking out. There were mistakes by the young receivers last season with Allen Robinson coming out as the most dependable of them all but we should expect them all to progress after a full offseason of work and with a year of NFL experience under their belts.
While the Jaguars have removed the fullback position, don’t expect them to start three receivers (at least not every game). New offensive coordinator Greg Olson likes using two tight end sets and will utilize them to take advantage of the defense.
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