3 Jaguars rookies who have disappointed so far this season

• The Jaguars are 3-2 heading into Week 6. Maybe they would have a better record if they were getting better production from their rookie class.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Brenton Strange (85) is tackled by Houston Texans cornerback Shaquill
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Brenton Strange (85) is tackled by Houston Texans cornerback Shaquill / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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No. 2 Jaguars rookie who has disappointed in 2023: Parker Washington, 6th Round, WR

You could make a case that teams should be pleased if Day 3 picks become backups or special teams contributors. However, much was expected from wide receiver Parker Washington, a sixth-round selection, who got lots of hype in the offseason.

While not overly athletic, Washington has the tools to thrive in the slot. Back at Penn State, he appeared in 32 games and hauled in 146 receptions for 1,920 yards with 12 touchdowns during a three-year span. At 5'11", he was more built like a running back than a receiver but he consistently showed a short area quickness, which allowed him to gain yards in chunks.

To his credit, Washington had a solid training camp, and wide receivers coach Chad Hall said that his skillset was going to help him thrive in pads. However, he disappeared once the regular season began. He was the healthy scratch the first three games and only got two offensive snaps when he played in Week 4.

The former Nittany Lions was placed on Injured Reserve before the Buffalo Bills games, so it will be a while before he can contribute. You could argue that being hurt shouldn't be held against him but availability is the best ability in the NFL and if you can't suit up, someone else will in your place.

Keep in mind that even before getting injured, Washington wasn't getting playing time. Although the Jags are stacked at the position, the coaching staff would've found ways to get him involved if they had seen enough of him.