There won’t be many surprises in Week 1. Since the Jaguars’ wide receiver unit was in good shape to begin with, there aren’t many spots open. More than anything, the Jags will have to sort out the pecking order.
Here’s how the depth chart could potentially look in the season opener.
- DJ Chark
- Laviska Shenault
- Marvin Jones
- Phillip Dorsett
- Collin Johnson
- Jamal Agnew
Keep in mind that Agnew is listed as a wide receiver but he has only hauled in 12 passes over his four-year career and will mainly handle return duties, so even if he doesn’t contribute in the passing game, he’s guaranteed a spot on the roster by virtue of playing special teams. Chark has been the Jags’ top wide receiver over the last two years. Jones is number two on the depth chart and Shenault will also have a significant role on offense.
Johnson and Dorsett will be the backups while Jalen Camp and maybe Laquon Treadwell join the practice squad. Former Jaguars legend Jimmy Caldwell believes Johnson can be ‘a monster’, so he could see plenty of snaps.
Last season, the Jaguars’ inconsistency at quarterback affected the performance of the wide receiver corps. With quarterback Trevor Lawrence taking snaps behind center in 2021, the unit should see a rise in production. Chark should have no trouble performing at a high level in a contract year. Meanwhile, Shenault has been getting the spotlight and is a candidate to have a breakout season.
The Jaguars have a few question marks ahead of training camp but wide receiver isn’t one of them.