Can the Jacksonville Jaguars find a wide receiver to complement DJ Chark and the other pass catchers on the roster?
Wide receiver is considered a position of need for the Jaguars. It is believed they will use one of their higher draft choices to add some punch to their often anemic offense. The 2020 draft class is said to have a number of talented receivers so the chance to grab a good one is very high.
What should the Jaguars look for in a wide receiver? Per Bleacher Report’s Love Patel, there are four key components to finding an ideal player: Productions, Playmaking ability, hands, and the quarterback.
The Jaguars currently have six wide receivers on their roster. They are Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, Chark, C.J. Board, Dede Westbrook, and Marqise Lee. With the exception of Chark, Conley, and possibly Westbrook none of them may be on the roster at the start of the 2020 season.
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If Jacksonville takes the free-agent route to find a wide receiver (or two), there are a few to choose from. I looked at both Spotrac.com and Walter Football, where three players caught my attention. While deciding which players the Jaguars should sign, I am taking into account once again the Jaguars cap situation.
First is Breshad Perriman from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught 36 passes for 645 yards. Next is Geronimo Allison from Green Bay. Allison caught 34 passes for 287 yards. He is young and still has time to produce. Finally is Robbie Anderson from the Jets. Anderson is 27 and caught 72 passes for 779 yards. He is considered a deep threat. His production was limited by an unimpressive offense and he has some off-field issues.
Moving on to the NFL Draft, I feel the Jaguars may use one of their higher draft choices at this position. As I once again looked at Walter Football, I looked at a projected first, second, and third-round choice. First is Jalen Reagor out of Texas Christian. Reagor is 5’11” and 195 pounds. He caught 43 passes for 611 yards and contributed on punt returns. He is a speedy receiver with 4.35 forty yard dash time and a projected 1-2 round draft choice.
Next is KJ Hamler from Penn State, He is another speedy big-play receiver. He is listed at 5’ 9” and 176 pounds. He caught 56 passes for 904 yards. His forty yard dash time is 4.4 and he is projected to go in rounds 2-3.
Last is Michael Pittman, Jr. from USC. He has an NFL pedigree because his father was a successful NFL player. He is 6’ 3” and weighs 219 pounds. This large-bodied receiver caught an impressive 101 balls for 1,275 yards. His 40 time is 4.55 and he should be drafted in rounds 3-4.
There are a variety of wide receivers available in free agency and the draft. I have tried to give the reader a variety of choices. Circumstances often dictate which player a team can acquire. I am confident any of these players will be successful in a Jaguars uniform.