No. 1 Jaguars offensive unit entering Week 1: Wide receiver corps
You could argue that wide receiver went from being a weakness last year to one of the Jaguars’ most stacked units ahead of the 2022 NFL season. Looking back, the Jaguars’ 2021 starting trio was solid on paper. DJ Chark Jr. was supposed to bounce back after a relatively down year, Marvin Jones Jr. was going to be a reliable No. 2, and Laviska Shenault Jr. was set to have a breakout year. Or at least that was the plan.
Chark suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4, Shenault was a non-factor and Jones became the Jags’ de-facto No. 1 receiver. Injuries then led Jacksonville to sign Laquon Treadwell from the practice squad and although he and Jones did an admirable job, it was clear that the Jaguars needed to upgrade their wide receiver corps, which they did.
The Jaguars brought in Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency and both of them are expected to have big roles on offense. Jamal Agnew, the team’s main return specialist, is back from injury and should get a few snaps on offense. Then, there’s Tim Jones, who outplayed Treadwell and Shenault in the preseason.
You know the Jaguars’ wide receiver unit when Shenault and Treadwell, two of their top options in the passing game last year, are no longer with the team. While Jacksonville’s wide receiver group isn’t in the NFL’s top 15, it will be good enough to help Lawrence score points and win games in 2022.