1. Can the Jaguars get WR Calvin Ridley involved in the game plan?
Calvin Ridley showed in the offseason that he had no rust even though he hadn't played football in more than a year. Throughout training camp, he made plays and showed he was the same playmaker he was in his career. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to build on that. So far, Ridley has only had two 100-yard games. It's true that that he's gotten many interference penalties in his favor and he's also done a good job of drawing coverage away from his teammates. That said, the Jags didn't trade for him to use him as a decoy.
Ridley has shown he still has the speed and route-running skills that made him thrive with the Atlanta Falcons. It's just that the coaching staff hasn't gotten him involved as much as they could. Offensive coordinator Press Taylor recently told the media that they make him the primary target in the game plan but opposing defenses quickly zero in on him and take him away.
"There's always gonna be something. If Christian [Kirk] has a big game, Calvin doesn't, it's how do we get Calvin more involved?" Taylor told the media Thursday. "It's always going to be that way. We will continue to do everything we can to give all our best players opportunities in that game. There's plenty of times Calvin's been the primary play that gets called, coverage takes it away."
Still, the best receivers in the league are usually bracketed and still get the ball their way. The Jaguars need to find a way to do the same with Ridley moving forward and make him an important part of the game plan, regardless of when fellow receiver Zay Jones is back in the fold.