The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be hurting for talent at wide receiver.
The Jaguars have a trio of playmakers in Marvin Jones Jr., DJ Chark Jr., and Laviska Shenault Jr. However, they aren’t the only wide receivers that will make an impact in Jacksonville in the regular season. The team has a well-rounded group and will likely have to make some tough decisions when trimming down the roster.
One player that could exceed expectations in 2021 is Jamal Agnew. The Jags signed him because of his playmaking prowess in the return game. But he could also contribute on offense. Originally a cornerback, the 2017 fifth-round selection made the transition to wide receiver last year. In 2020, he hauled in just 13 receptions for 89 yards with no touchdowns. But he could see his role increase as he grows more acquainted with the position.
Agnew told the local media that it wasn’t a smooth transition, as he had limited contact with his coaching staff last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So what did the San Diego product do? Resort to YouTube, of course. Here’s what the fifth-year wide receiver had to say about switching positions.
"I transitioned last year, I didn’t have much of an offseason because of COVID. so I didn’t get a lot of reps in OTAs. So, I was really teaching myself watching film, watching guys like Doug Baldwin on YouTube and stuff like that. So I was really teaching myself but I learned the best hands on, so I just watch the other guys and I try to apply some of that to my game."
Agnew also said that he feels like he’s still learning every day and noted that he has a great wide receiver coach in Sanjay Lal. The 2017 All-Pro selection will have a key role in the return game but if he can contribute on offense, that would be icing on the cake.