Jacksonville Jaguars pleased with their young and veteran wide receivers

Collin Johnson #19 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Collin Johnson #19 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars like what they see in rookie Collin Johnson.

The Jacksonville Jaguars like what they have in rookie wide receiver Collin Johnson. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden says the team likes the wideout’s size and strength and believes he can provide a big target to the offense.

Gruden said in a sitdown with the local media that he’s liked what he’s seen from Johnson and this Jacksonville team is looking for ways to get him more involved on offense. He also mentioned the coaching staff is trying to hone down his route-running skill and that veteran Keelan Cole has done a great job helping him come along.

Johnson has suited up for all games this season and has hauled in seven receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown. So far, the Texans standout has played in 116 snaps on defense, 19.53 percent of the team’s total, and 117 on special teams, 47.56 percent of the total snap count.

Against the Green Bay Packers, he only took seven offensive snaps, but if wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. misses another contest, we could see the rookie’s playing time increase in the team’s Week 11 matchup.

Chris Conley has also stepped up for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the same press conference, Gruden praised the job wide receiver Chris Conley has done and the leadership role he’s had in 2020. The head coach described the fourth-year wideout as a total pro and one of the hardest-working players they have in practice, if not the hardest-working.

Gruden added that Conley’s role of understanding all three wide receiver positions has very critical for the team and he can take on whatever role the coaching staff asks him. In 2020, the Georgia standout has played in 47.64 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense and has caught 26 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown.

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While the Jaguars hope Shenault plays against the Steelers, they may need to rely on Conley and if Johnson is progressing the way Gruden says, we could see him get red-zone opportunities in Week 11.