1. The Jaguars like versatility in their wide receivers
The Jaguars will use four spots on their receiver depth chart on Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, Christian Kirk and Jamal Agnew. Unless they decide to carry six wideouts in 2023, that leaves just one spot up for grabs and there will be a handful of players looking to seize it.
Parker Washington has made a positive impression in training camp while Kevin Austin Jr. has shown progress in Year 2. Other receivers competing for a roster spot are Tim Jones, who made the cut last year, Kendrick Pryor, Seth Williams, and Elijah Cooks. All of them will most likely have a chance to show out in the preseason.
Last year, Jones got the nod after an impressive outing in the preseason but another thing that could give them the edge is the ability to contribute on special teams. Taylor talked about what the Jags look for in their receivers when he met with the media.
"Kevin is awesome, is a guy that has been here in Year 2," Taylor said. "Part of it it's those guys understand what we're asking for that position. As long as we're healthy on the front of that group, that position becomes special teams, blocking versatility."
"If somebody would go down in the game, you want a guy that can fit in all three spots and not, 'we have to move Christian outside' because this guy can only play inside, so that's the value of that fifth/sixth role. Whether it be Kendrick Pryor, Kevin Austin, Seth Williams, the young guys, Jacobs Harris, Elijah Cooks, those guys have done a good job of understanding what the role is in being able to put themselves in a position to provide that for us," Taylor said.
Based on how things will play out, it looks like the Jaguars have a logjam at wide receiver, at least when it comes to the fifth spot. And it's possible that the picture will only become clear once the preseason concludes.