Doug Marrone announced this morning that the Jacksonville Jaguars No. 1 wide receiver, Marqise Lee, has a season-ending knee injury. As a result, there is no clear favorite to be the “go to” receiver for the team.
The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver corps consists of a free agent, some second-year players, and a rookie. Marqise Lee was the wily veteran designated to be the top pass catcher and the leader of the group.
However, a serious knee injury caused by a helmet to the knee hit forced the team to place him on injured reserve.
There are several possible players to take his place at wide receiver.
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Donte Moncrief is a free agent wide receiver pickup from the Indianapolis Colts. This is his fifth season in the NFL so he has experience.
Also, this is a critical year for him. Moncrief signed a one-year contract and hopes to have a great season.
However, there are some questions about injuries and inconsistent performance in the past. For example, he had a breakout season in 2015 with 64 catches for 733 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The past two seasons he has been hampered by injuries.
According to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, he wasn’t resigned by the Colts due to nagging injuries and inconsistent play. No doubt he is talented and athletic.
If he can reach his potential he could easily be the number one receiver for the Jaguars.
Austin Seferian Jenkins (ASJ)
To start Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a tight end and not a wide receiver. He is big, athletic, and talented. He had some issues in the past but after being reinstated by the New York Jets in September of 2017, he had 50 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns during the 2017 season.
He fits well with a quarterback whose best skill is a short passing game. He is a possible number one receiver for the Jaguars.
Leonard Fournette, Corey Grant, and T.J. Yeldon
Another possible number one receiver may be a running back.
For example, Leonard Fournette has spent the preseason honing his skills to stay in the game on third down. Also, T.J. Yeldon has been the third down back and has made some eye-catching grabs in the 2018 preseason. Finally, Corey Grant has the speed to add many yards after the catch and is an asset that will be used more during the coming season as a rusher and receiver.
The three running backs caught 11 of the 24 completed passes in the game against the Minnesota Vikings. Any of these running backs can be the go-to receiver and a complement to the short passing game.
On the other hand, it is likely that the rookie DJ Chark or one of the returning veterans will rise to grab Lee’s spot. Sadly the Jaguars lost Lee’s playmaking ability. However professional football is a cold business and the mantra is Next man up.