The Jacksonville Jaguars added a trio of wide receivers in free agency. While Marvin Jones Jr. may get the most attention and Jamal Agnew earn praise for his return prowess, Phillip Dorsett could end up becoming a solid addition in 2021.
The Jags agreed to terms with Dorsett on Day 1 of the legal tampering period and the team made the signing official a couple of days later. The 2015 first-round pick recently had a chance to meet with the local media and took advantage of the opportunity to share his opinion about the Jaguars wide receiver unit and his reasons for joining the team among other things.
Dorsett believes the Jaguars wide receiver corps a “really good group overall” and thinks the group has “a lot of guys that can go out there and win in different ways”. He mentioned Jones as the leader of the group and praised both DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. He then said he wouldn’t short-change anybody and is glad he can be part of it.
Dorsett later named head coach Urban Meyer a big reason why he signed with the Jaguars. He saw what he did in college as a team builder and likes his philosophy, being big in sports performance, and having players ready to play hard, fast and physical. On the other hand, the Miami standout says that Jacksonville’s potential draft plans didn’t play a big role in his decision to sign with them, as he doesn’t have control over their decision-making.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could have found a diamond in the rough.
Dorsett, the 29th overall pick in 2015’s draft, played for the Indianapolis Colts before being traded to the New England Patriots in 2017 in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks last offseason but took a snap for them, as he dealt with a foot injury throughout the year.
Over five accrued seasons, Dorsett has hauled in 124 receptions for 1,634 yards and 11 touchdowns. Keep in mind the Jags didn’t sign him to have a feature role. Instead, he could compete for the number-four wide receiver spot with sophomore Collin Johnson. In his favor, a complementary role could be the best for him.
Dorsett could end up becoming a key contributor and outperform expectations. His signing might not be as meaningful as Jones’ or Shaquill’s Griffin. Nevertheless, the Jaguars wanted to look for value in free agency and they might’ve found it in Dorsett.