Aug 28, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) cannot stop Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Bryan Walters (81) from scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game at EverBank Field. The Lions won 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
2) Bryan Walters, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bryan Walters is sometimes overlooked due to his flashier peers. Guys like Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson, Rashad Greene, and the injured Marqise Lee dominate out attention.
Walters was a low-key free agent addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars roster this offseason and he’s quietly impressed.
On Friday we were able to see what he can do as a receiver.
He hauled in five passes for 46 yards. He had the second-longest reception of the night with a 22 yarder.
Through the preseason, Walters now has 10 receptions for 102 yards.
That quiet production doesn’t get a lot of media attention, but it does get the attention of the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff. Walters impressed me on Friday night, but he may have done enough to warrant further looks in Week 4 of the preseason and into the regular season, from the coaching staff.
With Marqise Lee struggling to stay on the field, the Jags could really use another player to step up. That player could be Walters, especially if he can keep producing as a receiver.
Walters is currently the highest-graded receiver for the Jaguars by Pro Football Focus. While the Jags staff isn’t going to base his role on his PFF grade, it’s important to note that he is impressing beyond just the eye test so far.
With 10 catches off of 12 targets and no credited drops so far, Walters may be proving to be the most reliable receiver on the roster (through the preseason).
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