Jaguars OTAs: Depth will be crucial in the 2021 NFL season

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ WR corps could be better than advertised.

The Jaguars had a pair of talented wide receivers in DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. but still signed Marvin Jones Jr. in free agency. They also used a first-round selection on running back Travis Etienne and plan to make him an important part of their passing game.

Heading into the 2021 season, it looks like the Jaguars have a well-rounded wide receiver unit and Shenault may have to compete with Etienne and fellow sophomore Collin Johnson for snaps. However, the 2020 second-round pick has taken advantage of his opportunities and will make it difficult for the coaching staff not to play him.

Urban Meyer told the media that Shenault is one of their best playmakers on offense. The Jaguars head coach added that he’s in the right position and loves who he is, “I love the way he practices every day. He’s a great puzzle piece for us to have on offense.” Moreover, Meyer complimented the Colorado product on his everyday attitude, which he described as fantastic.

Chark will most likely start opposite Jones while the Viska might see time as the slot. Johnson showed flashes as a rookie in 2020 and has been endorsed by Jaguars legend Jimmy Smith. He won’t give up the number-three receiver spot without a fight. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could deploy four or five wide receivers sets. He could also design special packages but Shenault is doing his best to stand out in a crowded receiver room.

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