3 receivers not named Tee Higgins the Jaguars should target if Calvin Ridley leaves

• Even if Tee Higgins remains in Cincinnati, the Jaguars will have options in free agency to replace Calvin Ridley.

Dec 17, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (4)
Dec 17, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel (4) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Wide receiver Tee Higgins was seen as an option, albeit an unlikely one, to replace Calvin Ridley if the Jacksonville Jaguars let him walk in free agency. However, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to use the franchise tag to prevent Higgins from leaving.

Trevor Lawrence would've been thrilled to reunite with Higgins but he knew that the likelihood of once again throwing passes to his top target at Clemson was low, so he didn't hold his breath. As great as it would've been to see Higgins land in Jacksonville, he wouldn't have been the only receiver available in free agency.

Heck, even scratching Higgins' name off the potential list of targets, Jacksonville will not have a shortage of alternatives to replace Ridley in the open market. These three, in particular, should be of their interest.

3. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Before the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Tee Higgins, and Ja'Marr Chase in consecutive years, Tyler Boyd was their top receiving. A second-round pick in the 2016 draft, he posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and 2019. His workload has suffered a dip due to the arrival of Higgins of Chase but he's still reliable when called upon, hauling in 271 receptions for 3,098 yards the past three seasons. For the No. 3 option in the Bengals' passing game, that's a pretty good stat line.

With Higgins expected to stay in Cincy for at least another year, Boyd could be on his way out. Chase is also eligible for a contract extension and the Bengals will have a hard time keeping all three, which makes Higgins the odd man out.

For teams who were interested in making a run for Higgins, Boyd would be a solid alternative. And if the Jaguars move on from Calvin Ridley, he should be at the top of their list of potential replacements.