The wide receiver position is described as a question mark for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2018 season.
To start, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost two top receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to free agency. In addition journeyman tight end Marcedes Lewis went to Green Bay after his release. This left Marqise Lee as the receiver to build around for the future. Many fans expressed concern that Lee would not be up to the task.
However, performances in training camp indicate several candidates are more than ready to step up to a potential starting role.
"Ryan Day of Big Cat Country said, “The wide receivers and tight ends, specifically Austin Seferian-Jenkins, are standing out.”"
Currently, Donte Moncrief and Marqise Lee work with the first team. Blake Bortles has stated that he is impressed with Moncrief, who was signed as a free agent. Although he is injury prone he has the speed and talent of a No. 1 receiver if he can stay healthy. Lee caught a Bortles pass in stride for a potential touchdown in a regular season game. This was described as the Play of the Day for Day 1 by Jaguars.com.
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These positive comments about Seferian-Jenkins, Moncrief, and Lee bring smiles to the faces of the Jacksonville’s fans.
The really good news is that we have enough talented receivers to compete for jobs that we might have to let a good player go to another team. (Imagine that long-suffering Jacksonville fans). At this time DJ Chark and Dede Westbrook are locks to make the team. Jacksonville also has Keelan Cole who has turned some heads in training camp and Allen Lazard who has the size to be a possession receiver.
Also, don’t forget Jaydon Mickens performance in 2017.
"Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated described the wide receiver position as the top position battle in Jacksonville’s training camp. No doubt the wide receiver position needs to shake itself out at some point, but what a wonderful problem."
There is little question that the best part of this wide receiver group is the coach Keenan McCardell. McCardell had a very successful career as a wide receiver for the Jaguars and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Coughlin coached him with the Jaguars and McCardell impressed him with his work ethic and attention to detail. Also, several receivers including Cole have high praise for him.
It appears that the Jaguars receiver corps is a strong, competitive, and enthusiastic group. The coach is great and there is some real talent there. There may be some bumps along the way due to youth, inexperience, and time needed to work together but I have every confidence that this group will rise to the challenge.