Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 training camp preview: Wide receivers

Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 at Jaguars training camp (Imagn Images photo pool)
Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 at Jaguars training camp (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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WR Marvin Jones Jr. #11, and WR Phillip Dorsett II #13 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo) /

Wide receiver was one of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ few bright spots in 2020. Thus, they didn’t make as many changes to the unit as they did to other positional groups. However, one of them was meaningful. The Jags signed Marvin Jones Jr. to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.

The 2012 fifth-round pick gives the Jaguars a reliable number-two wide receiver that should draw coverages away from DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. Additionally to acquiring Jones, Jacksonville signed former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett and Jamal Agnew. They drafted Jalen Camp in Round 6 of this year’s draft and signed Josh Imatorbhebhe as an undrafted free agent.

While the Jags had the chance to use the 25th overall pick in 2021’s draft on a wide receiver such as Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman or Ole Miss’ Elijah Moore, they took running back Travis Etienne instead. Why? Because Jacksonville already had a couple of studs in Chark and Shenault. After the selection meeting, head coach Urban Meyer confessed the team liked Kadarius Toney a lot. Also, a leak on their draft board showed they were also high on Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle.

Nevertheless, the Jaguars’ wide receiver corps is in great shape ahead of training camp. Even if Chark, Jones, or Shenault suffer injuries, Dorsett or sophomore Collin Johnson could quickly step into the starting lineup without missing a beat. Now, there are other wide receivers on the Jaguars’ roster, including two that signed after the draft, so it will be interesting how will be part of the 53-man roster in Week 1.