Jaguars duo of Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk get somewhat fair spot in PFF ranking

Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley talks with media inside the TV Studio of TIAA Bank Field.
Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley talks with media inside the TV Studio of TIAA Bank Field. / Juston Lewis/Florida Times-Union / USA

Christian Kirk earned a questionable spot in Pro Football Focus' top 32 receiver ranking but there's no doubt he and Calvin Ridley give the Jacksonville Jaguars a dynamic tandem at the position, which is why it wasn't shocking to see pop up in PFF's list of the top receiver duos ahead of the 2023 season.

Although Ridley and Kirk finished last, it was good to see them earn a bit of recognition. Then again, there are many things to discuss in the ranking. For one, the New Orleans Saints got a higher spot even though Michael Thomas hasn't played since 2020.

Similarly, the San Francisco 49ers landed at No. 5 despite the fact that Deebo Samuel is coming off a somewhat down season. It's also worth noting that neither Keenan Allen nor Mike Williams had more than 900 receiving yards last year. Yet, the Los Angeles Chargers were placed at No. 8.

In fairness, Ridley hasn't played since 2021 and he wasn't particularly great that year. Having said that, he was playing with a broken foot, something he hadn't previously disclosed until he wrote a letter for The Player's Tribune. Although he served a suspension for betting on football games last year, the Alabama product kept training and fully healthy, he's ready to prove he's still a great receiver.
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Christian Kirk and Calvin Ridley give the Jaguars a highly talented WR tandem

Christian Kirk is coming off a career year and recently told J.P. Shadrick of the team's official website that he's looking to become a more vocal leader. Furthermore, he says that Calvin Ridley has helped him and other wideouts get better since his arrival.

If Kirk and Ridley manage to stay healthy, they will have a realistic shot at crossing the 1,000-yard mark next season. If they do, it would mark the first time two Jaguars receivers reach the milestone in the same year since Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns pulled it off in 2015. Add the presence of Zay Jones and Jacksonville is set to have one of the best wide receiver corps in the league.

On the other hand, Kirk or Ridley wouldn't probably mind not getting over 1,000 yards if that means they're winning games. Neither would the Jags because they should be setting their sights on the AFC Championship or even the Super Bowl, as Ridley recently suggested.

In the end, the Jacksonville Jaguars have spent the last two seasons hoarding talent and the national media is starting to take notice. If they start to pile up wins and their wide receivers are a big reason why, they should move up a few spots in PFF's next ranking.

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