In 2018, the Jaguars had weak spots throughout the entire offensive unit. One of the biggest was the wide receiver corps. With a mixture of injuries and lack of talent to spread out the field and get open, it caused the Jaguars offense to produce lackluster yardage and ultimately lose games. While it may not have been all on the wide receivers for the lack of offensive production, they certainly played a big role. Without developed weapons to get the ball to it’s hard for any team to be successful.
Bringing in new players to pair with returning veteran receivers will help the Jacksonville offense tremendously. Jaguars offensive coordinator John Defilippo is very pass-oriented and mixes in runs to keep the defense honest about the next move. Having weapons outside and in the slot will only help when it comes to play-call variety.
Projected Depth Chart:
WR: Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Terrell Pryor
WR: Marquise Lee, D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole
Westbrook may be the most talented player within the Jaguars wide receiver group. Last season, Westbrook brought in 66 catches for 717 yards and five touchdowns including a 61-yard touchdown in week two against the Patriots. A play that sealed the deal for the Jaguars to upset the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year prior.
Coming out of Oklahoma, Westbrook was one of the most electrifying prospects in the draft. The major concern surrounding him was his durability given his smaller stature. Despite the concern for injury, the Jaguars proceeded to select him in the 4th round of the 2017 draft. Last season, Westbrook played in all 16 games and saw extensive action as a slot receiver where he was a reliable option. He even showed off his talent as a punt returner taking one back 74 yards for a touchdown against the Redskins.
Westbrook, 6’0, 178 pounds, has all the tangibles to become a major weapon in the Jaguars offense as the top slot receiver and can stretch the defense and create space for other receivers on the field. His speed allows him to burn opposing defenses. As he continues to develop as a route runner, he will become nearly unstoppable.
Westbrook’s ceiling is very high, and with the new offensive system, he has a chance to play a large role for Jacksonville if used correctly.
Entering his sixth year in NFL, Lee is looking to return from a knee injury — which included an ACL tear — he sustained last preseason. An injury that majorly shifted the Jaguars receiver group as they found themselves without a solid leader the entire rest of the season.
Not having him in the game caused a stunt in development for the young core due to no other receiver having experience within the system for more than a year. With a lot of young talent, Lee’s return could lead to an increased amount of production as those around him got a chance to play without him. Having to pick up on little nuances by themselves will only help them when Lee returns and can aid them accordingly. First and second-year players Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, and Keelan Cole didn’t have the opportunity to pick his mind or watch his play to gain knowledge on situations they had never been in before.
Following the 2017 season, the Jaguars took a chance on Lee and kept him over Allen Robinson. So far that decision has not lived up to the expectations the Jaguars front office had. Robinson played a major role in the rebirth of the Bears’ offense, and Lee was sidelined all season.
In 2017, Lee caught 56 passes for 702 yards and 3 scores as he led the team in receiving and was without a doubt Blake Bortles’ favorite target. His veteran experience and playstyle should suit well with Foles.
When he returns — barring any sort of setback — Lee should have a large role in the receiving game once again in 2019.
Coming over from the Chiefs, Chris Conley is a huge addition to the Jacksonville offense. In his fifth year out of Georgia, Conley has played behind some of the games most talented receiving weapons Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The knowledge he has retained from his time in Andy Reid’s offensive system companied by the chemistry he built with Nick Foles during Foles’ time in Kansas City has him destined to be a sneakily dangerous threat for Foles to take advantage of.
Conley offers a unique skill set that hasn’t been brought to the team in a large capacity since 2016. He is a large outside receiver that creates matchup problems for smaller corners. While he doesn’t have the speed to accelerate past those smaller corners, his ability to track down the deep ball and haul in catches down the field has been a large plus for the unit as a whole thus far in training camp.
While he has yet to live up to his full potential due to injury, Jacksonville took a chance on him and want to see him emerge as the number one outside receiver for years to come. Being able to get a fresh start after years of disappointing seasons and injury can be good for any player.
The physical prowess he brings to the table will allow him to get more targets giving him more opportunities to showcase what he can do on the football field.
In his second year out of LSU, D.J. Chark has shown flashes of star power with Jacksonville. Chark is unique in terms of his physical attributes. Standing at 6’4″ with a 79-inch wingspan, Chark is a long and lengthy wide receiver that is a big target for a quarterback. Mix that with his electric speed (4.34 40 yard dash) and you have a gifted weapon lining up at the line of scrimmage.
Chark struggled to transition to the NFL and couldn’t seem to find his role in the offense last season. As the year progressed, Chark became more comfortable and he continues to develop into an intriguing young talent in only his second year. Continuing to work hard and elevate his game, Chark has gained a shot to be very involved in the offense and not just by way of catching the football.
While at LSU, Chark was given the ball in any way you could think of. He was given the rock by way of run, pass, kickoff return, and punt return over his collegiate career. He’s an elite player that excels when the ball is in his hand.
Chark’s potential is unmatched. Getting him involved early and often will allow him to grow as a player and have the chance to reach his ceiling. The Jaguars will look to include him in as many packages as possible and feed off his big-play ability not just on offense, but on special teams as well.
Terrelle Pryor Sr.
While playing in the NFL, Terrelle Pryor has experienced his fair share of adversity. Having to switch from playing quarterback to wide receiver is no easy task for someone to do at any level nevertheless the highest level of them all.
Pryor did that successfully after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders to play quarterback. He saw the opportunity to further his career by adapting to a new position. Since doing so, Pryor has had his fair share of ups and downs. While many of his seasons have been cut short due to lackluster play on the field, one season, in particular, stands on Pryor’s resume.
In 2016, Pryor had a breakout season for the Cleveland Browns where he hauled in 77 catches for over 1,000 yards and led the Browns in receiving. That season allowed him to secure a large contract with the Redskins where he yet again underperformed and was cut just a year later. In 2018, Pryor jumped from the Bills to the Jets to play a combined 8 games and had very little impact on either squad.
Looking to revamp his career yet again, Pryor has found himself with Jacksonville and looks to get a fresh start in Duval. The potential to be a legitimate threat is there, but can Pryor piece together a season like the one he had in 2016 or will he continue to fall short of expectations?
Pryor has shown out thus far in camp working with the second-team offense and given his veteran background, he looks to be a viable backup in case of injury or fatigue this season for the Jaguars.
At the beginning of last season, there were talks of Keelan Cole taking over as the number one wide receiver for the Jaguars. Receiving an abundance of targets along with a spectacular one-handed grab week two against the Patriots, Cole seemed to be living up to that expectation.
Instead, Cole seemed to take a step back instead of taking a step forward. As he continued into the season, he gradually fell out of the scheme and had less impact in the offense. Not being able to show he could get it done when needed most and squandering the opportunities he was given, Cole finds himself barely making the roster in 2019.
Cole tallied seven drops (according to playerprofiler.com) and struggled to sustain consistency while on the field. Cole is looking to get back on track but will have very little opportunity to do so. His biggest chance at showing he deserves a chance on the team will be through special teams. During the first preseason game last week against Baltimore, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back due to a hold. Nevertheless, the ability to take the ball to the house in any situation doesn’t go unnoticed no matter the circumstance.
Showing he deserves a roster spot is Cole’s main focus at the moment. As he continues to work on his hands and other parts of his game, he has a higher chance of remaining with the team.
Bottom of the barrel:
Tre McBride, Tyre Brady, Raphael Leonard, Quadree Henderson, C.J. Board, and Michael Walker. With not many roster slots being available, talented receivers such as Tre McBride and Tyre Brady, along with the others, will miss out on earning a spot with the Jaguars.
Going into 2019, Jacksonville looks to be in good standing with their wide receiver corps. With a mixture of veteran presence and fresh new talent, the Jaguars look to cross the wide receiver group off the list of weak spots for the franchise.
Josh Allen shines in Jaguars 22-7 loss to Miami Dolphins
Josh Allen showed out on the national stage and proved why he deserved to be the seventh-overall pick this year.
Tonight was the night of firsts for the Jaguars. It was the first time the first-team offense and defense took the field for the Jaguars this year. The first time anyone has gotten a good look at Nick Foles in a Jaguars uniform, and the first time we got an extensive look at the Jaguars rookie seventh-overall pick defensive end Josh Allen.
Allen was able to take advantage of a very poor Dolphins offensive line and downright dominant in the first half of the game. For the night, Allen was credited with four combined tackles as the Jaguars tried to get him on the field as much as possible. Despite saying otherwise earlier this season, the Jaguars actually opened up in a 3-4 look with Yannick Ngakoue and Allen on opposite sides. With defensive assistant Dom Capers in the fold, the Jaguars may be a bit more creative on defense this year.
Getting into the Dolphins’ backfield practically all night, Allen put on a show. With several tackles for loss, a couple of quarterback hits, and great pass coverage, Allen showed just why he was taken in the top-10. The Jaguars used Allen in every way possible tonight, and there is no reason to believe that will stop during the regular season.
Allen will be a pleasure to watch in 2019 especially with Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Marcell Dareus playing with him.
Allen wasn’t the only player being showcased tonight for the Jaguars. This was the first time tonight the Jaguars — and the nation — got a good look at quarterback Foles since he left Philadelphia.
Foles held his own against the Dolphins after going 6/10 for 48 yards, with one touchdown, and an interception. Foles had a couple of rough drives and began the game leading the offense to a quick three-and-out, but overall looked just fine against the Dolphins first-team defense.
After a summer of Foles to Chris Conley connections being made, it was Foles and receiver Dede Westbrook who seemed to be the most in sync. Westbrook hauled in the 10-yard touchdown throw from Foles along with 3 other receptions for a total of 29 yards on the night.
The Jaguars would go onto fall to the Dolphins 22-7 after a poor showing by the Jaguars second and third-team offense, but the talk of the night will ultimately be the great performance by defensive end Josh Allen.
1. The Jaguars offensive line will be fine — if healthy
Left tackle Cam Robinson made his debut tonight after recovering from a 2018 torn ACL. Although Robinson did not play very long, he had a great night against the Dolphins’ poor defensive line.
The Jaguars remaining starters included: Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, Will Richardson, and Jawaan Taylor. Taylor got his first action tonight as a Jaguar after recovering from a knee injury. Richardson is seemingly entrenched in the starting right guard role with A.J. Cann playing a majority of the night with the backups after Richardson was finished.
2. Leonard Fournette is a threat out of the backfield
This should be obvious, however, the Jaguars fourth-overall pick showed tonight he can be a threat in the passing game. With two receptions for 15 yards, Fournette showed well catching passes from Foles as he has all summer. On the night Fournette added seven rushes for 27 yards. Fournette showed power and speed once he got into the open field.
3. The Jaguars potential sixth receiver spot is still wide open
Quite frankly, the Jaguars are still searching for their sixth receiver. During the first two preseason games, receiver Tre McBride seemingly was the frontrunner for the job along with Terrelle Pryor.
However, Pryor left the game with yet another hamstring injury and McBride had a couple of drops along with 33 receiving yards on three receptions. Receiver C.J. Board was the most productive receiver on the team tonight with four receptions for 56 yards and a drop. This will be a competition to keep an eye on through next week.
4. Taven Bryan is still struggling
The Jaguars have an issue with defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Thus far this preseason, Bryan has not played as expected from a former first-round pick. Tonight showed no different as Bryan accounted for one tackle and two roughing the passer penalties on the night.
Bryan will make the team, but the Jaguars will have an issue if he ever has to play significant snaps in place of starting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Bryan will need to quickly develop if he wants to contribute positively to this team this season.
5. Dawuane Smoot is a lot better than he used to be
A former third-round pick, Smoot excelled tonight against the Dolphins porous defensive line. Notching one sack, Smoot was able to take control of the line of scrimmage tonight and prove why he should be on this team. The Jaguars have a great competition and will ultimately be forced to make a tough decision as defensive lineman Datone Jones is performing just as well.
It is possible the Jaguars will opt to keep both — and they should.
Jaguars preseason week three inactives, Richardson to start
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins are set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. eastern time at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
For the Jaguars, they will finally get a good look at their starting offensive and defensive units — minus a couple of injuries. The only players not slated to get some reps tonight are: Marqise Lee (knee), Alfred Blue (ankle), Jake Ryan (knee), Quincy Williams (knee), Davis Tull (leg), Charles Jones (foot), Geoff Swaim (foot), Josh Oliver (hamstring), and Marcell Dareus (elbow).
All eyes will be on new Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles tonight as he gets set to play his first game since leaving the Philidelphia Eagles in free agency.
Before the list of players not participating was released, the Jaguars’ Director of Public Relations announced via twitter, left tackle Cam Robinson will be making his first appearance tonight, although on a limited basis. Robinson will be on a “strict” snap count for tonight’s game.
Tonight, Cam Robinson (@crobinson_68) will start at left tackle, making his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury on Sept. 16, 2018.
He’ll be on a strict “snap count,” so you may see him come out mid-series. Part of the plan.
Excited to see the big fella out there!
— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) August 22, 2019
Expect the Jaguars starters to play only a couple of series tonight as the Jaguars look to continue keeping them safe for the regular season.
Jaguars right guard Will Richardson will be starting tonight ahead of A.J. Cann. Richardson has been in a constant battle with the veteran since camp began.
Second-round pick Jawaan Taylor will be starting at right tackle. It is the rookie’s first in-game action for the Jaguars this preseason.
Preseason Week 3: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins preview
This week against the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars will finally get a really good look at their $88M prized possession, Nick Foles. Foles, along with the starting offensive line, Leonard Fournette, and the majority of the teams’ starting players will get the ball rolling early against the Dolphins. How long they will play for likely depends on the success of the team, however, they won’t be playing for very long.
The game will be televised nationally on FOX, so everyone will finally get a good look at the $88M man. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the game.
The only players not set to play for the Jaguars on Thursday are: Marqise Lee (knee), Alfred Blue (ankle), Jake Ryan (knee), Quincy Williams (knee), Davis Tull (leg), Charles Jones (foot), Geoff Swaim (foot), Josh Oliver (hamstring), and Marcell Dareus (elbow).
Lee was recently activated from the teams’ PUP list and should be ready to go for the regular season.
Game Time info
- When: Thursday, August 22nd, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens
- Watch: FOX (FOX30 Jacksonville)
- Listen: Jacksonville 1010XL AM, 92.5FM
Five Keys to Success
- Stay Healthy. Once again this is the number one key to success. Even if the Jaguars completely bomb their dress-rehearsal game, as long as they come out of the game fully healthy there is no harm, no foul. Left tackle Cam Robinson will be seeing his first in-game action since tearing his ACL in week two of the 2018 regular season. Keeping him fresh is going to be pivotal for the Jaguars offense this season.
- Establish chemistry on the offensive line. The Jaguars will finally get their starting offensive line together on the field at the same time in a game. This is a great opportunity for the team to establish chemistry between each other along with Foles.
- Win the trench war. This goes for the offensive and defensive line. The Jaguars must get push on both sides of the football this week to establish the run and get after the quarterback. This will be the first in-game action which will showcase the Jaguars renewed “lightning package”. This includes Josh Allen, Calais Campbell, Taven Bryan, and Yannick Ngakoue. While the team will be without defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for this matchup, it will be a great way to take a look at their renewed pass rush.
- Showcase Nick Foles. While the Jaguars do not have to pass the football every down, and they certainly will not do so, getting the most out of Foles’ action tonight will be pivotal to the teams’ success moving forward. Being able to establish in-game camaraderie never hurts, and this is a prime opportunity to do it.
- Enjoy it. Jaguars fans will finally get their opportunity to see the first-team offense and defense. This game will ultimately set the tone for the regular season.
Jaguars receivers vs. Dolphins defensive backs
The Miami Dolphins have two premier defensive backs in their secondary in Xavien Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Playing against either one will be a great test for the Jaguars receivers. This will be the first in-game action for UFA signee Chris Conley. Seeing him, Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark compete against the Dolphins secondary will be an exciting matchup to watch. It will allow the Jaguars to get a great look at what they truly have at the position.
Jaguars offensive line vs. Dolphins defensive line
The Jaguars have not yet established what their offensive line will look like moving forward into the regular season. This will be a great test for them moving forward against the Dolphins’ defensive line which includes former first-round pick, Charles Harris.
Will Richardson vs. A.J. Cann
Although this is not a matchup between two opposing players, it will be a competition to watch during Thursday’s game. Offensive tackle/guard Will Richardson and A.J. Cann have been battling for the teams’ starting right guard position throughout training camp.
Five Players to watch
1. Nick Foles
Foles will be the focus for Thursday’s game against the Dolphins. Nationally. It will be the first in-game action anyone has seen Foles play since his playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints in February as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. For Jaguars fans they will finally get to see what kind of player the $88M man is. Foles will likely be playing only a couple of series depending on how the game goes, but he is absolutely the number one player to watch.
Nick Foles spoke to the Jaguars media shortly after practice on Sunday and was asked just how important getting the offensive line together was, he stated, “Really the most important piece of the offense is the offensive line. The way they work together, the way they communicate, the way we recognize fronts, our run game, our pass protection. The way that those guys communicate is a work of art, so to have them all out there working, developing, communicating is huge for us right now. So, it’s happening at the right time, so we have to really take advantage of every single day.”
If the Jaguars can establish their offensive line, it will lead to great success for Foles and the rest of the Jaguars offense.
2. Cam Robinson
Robinson has not played a down for the Jaguars since week-two of the 2018 regular season, and before last week there were questions regarding his availability for the start of the season. Instead, Robinson will play on Thursday night. The question remains, however, how much will the left tackle play?
Keep a close eye on Robinson and how he handles pass-rush snaps. His health is of the utmost importance to the Jaguars offensive line, which ultimately determines the success of the offense as a whole.
3. Leonard Fournette
Fournette has had a sort of revitalization of his career arc throughout this offseason. Not only has he shown up to nearly every offseason activity, but he has also shown up healthy and in shape. Keeping Fournette healthy will be majorly important for the Jaguars offense this season. Seeing him get some in-game action will be interesting.
4. Terrelle Pryor
After earning praise during the early portions of training camp, the fire lit by Pryor has become rather dim. Dealing with injuries for the past couple of weeks the former quarterback-turned-wideout has not had an opportunity to showcase his talents in games. This will be a great opportunity for Pryor to earn his spot on the 53-man roster which has seemingly been handed to him due to his size (6’4″ 228 pounds) and speed (4.30 40-yard dash).
The Jaguars will very likely be retaining six receivers at the final cutdowns, and Pryor is squarely in the mix.
5. Jawaan Taylor
Heading into week three of the preseason, it is unclear if Jaguars rookie offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor will receive the first-team snaps at right tackle. Coming off of a knee injury in which head coach Doug Marrone described as “not serious at all”, Taylor will be one of the key players to watch.
If he is able to establish himself as the starting right tackle opposite of Robinson, it will pay dividends to the Jaguars protection and run game moving forward. The Jaguars can ill-afford to head into the season with either Cedric Ogbuehi or Leonard Wester starting.
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