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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2. Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders

When Eric Bieniemy joined the Washington Commanders, he was tasked with taking an underwhelming offense to the next level. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to deliver and was given the boot in the offseason. While it wasn't all his fault, he certainly wasn't able to get the most out of the pieces he worked with. For example, quarterback Sam Howell was solid but he padded his stats when in garbage time once it was clear they were going to lose.

Also, Bienieny has dynamic backfield tandem in Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson but he didn't make an aggresive effort to establish the run. This made the offense one-dimensional and left Howell exposed to getting sacked. Having said that, receivers Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel benefited from the team's pass-happy approach, hauling in a combined 141 receptions for 1,615 yards and eight touchdowns.

Although McLaurin was the better of the two, Samuel was no slouch, making the most of his chances he's been given. The former isn't going anywhere, having signed a long-term deal last year, but the latter is set to hit the open market, and he could be an option to replace Calvin Ridley if the Jaguars don't re-sign him.

A second-round by the Carolina Panthers in 2017, Samuel joined the Commanders in 2021. Even though he hasn't enjoyed great quarterback play in either stop, he's been dependable the last two seasons, catching 126 passes for 1,269 yards with eight touchdowns. While a hamstring injury held him back in 2021, he has managed to stay healthy, so he won't get the injury-prone label when he becomes a free agent.

If Samuel landed in Jacksonville, Lawrence would be the best signal-caller he's played with, so it's fair to assume his production would experience a surge. The fact that he won't be nearly as expensive as other receivers in the open market, may appeal to general manager Trent Baalke.