3. Jaguars position group that needs to step up in Week 12 – WR corps
The Jaguars believe Trevor Lawrence is the long-term answer at quarterback, and it’s hard to fault them after watching him play this offseason. The former Clemson Tiger has made sound decisions in recent weeks and has avoided making big mistakes. The fact that he’s done it without a good supporting cast makes his progress even more remarkable.
Since DJ Chark Jr. went down with a fractured ankle in Week 4, the Jaguars’ haven’t gotten good production from their wide receiver group, and things won’t get any easier without Jamal Agnew, who will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a hip injury in Week 12. The team signed John Brown to the practice squad on November 12. They elevated him to the active roster in Week 11 but was targeted just once.
The 2014 third-round pick might get promoted again in Week 12. With more time to get acclimated, he should have a bigger workload. Also, the Jags will need Laviska Shenault to pick up the slack. He’s been relatively quiet in recent weeks after hauling in six catches for 99 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. Without someone who can get deep, opposing defenses have had no trouble covering Marvin Jones Jr. He will most likely face cornerback A.J. Terrell in Week 12, and this could end up becoming one of the most important matchups of the game.