Jacksonville Jaguars and wide receiver Dez Bryant deemed a ‘want to see’ pairing

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Would a high-profile wide receiver addition benefit the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018?

The Jacksonville Jaguars head into the 2018 NFL draft with with a variety of draft options, most notably on the offensive side of the ball. One of the more consensus offensive choices for the team has been at wide receiver, as a widely popular mock to the Jaguars in round one. But what if Jacksonville decided to shore up the position by making a bold move in a different direction?

Longtime Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant was released by Dallas this past week, and now stands to be signed by another team. On NFL Network’s ‘Good Morning Football’, the question was asked to the crew of where they want to see Bryant playing next season. Analyst, and former NFL receiver, Nate Burleson wants Dez in Duval in 2018:

Burleson starts his reasoning by mentioning that the Jaguars lost former one-two combo Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, who both exited during this offseason. It was a solemn development that the ‘Allen Brothers’ era has already run its course, and the pieces currently in place leave Jacksonville with a crop of receivers with proving to do next season. But rookies Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook flashed the potential of game-changing wideouts last season, and it seems unlikely the front office would let both Robinson and Hurns go without thinking they had something brewing with Cole and Westbrook.

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Then Burleson says he wants to see fireworks, and thinks that would happen with Bryant paired with Jacksonville’s run game and vaunted defense. Whether Dez, a rookie draft pick, or a current receiver on the roster stepping up, having a pass catcher that defenses have to key in on would certainly aid in opening up what the team wants to do most on offense, run the football.

The analysis on the subject concludes with Burleson stating that the passion of the team lies mostly on the defensive side of the ball, and adding the wide receiver would even that out for the offense. Bryant is undoubtedly passionate, but as seen numerous times over the years, to a major fault. One of the Jaguars’ biggest strengths is the camaraderie within the locker room, and implanting a guy like Dez in the mix could compromise that.

What do you think, would you want to see the Jacksonville Jaguars bring in Dez Bryant?