Search for Wide Receivers Continues

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been searching for a true #1 receiver since Jimmy Smith retired. Sure. Mike Sims-Walker had a nice season in 2009, and Matt Jones had more potential than he could’ve ever used in 3 lifetimes, but no one has ever emerged as that year-in-year-out receiver. This year, the Jaguars will have a big field of receivers to choose from. How big? Just take a look at the current wide receivers on their roster:

84 Shorts, III, Cecil WR/ RS 6-0 193 23 R Mount Union
13 Binns, Armon WR 6-3 209 21 R Cincinnati
87 Dillard, Jarett WR 5-10 187 25 3 Rice
15 Ellingson, Greg WR 6-3 197 22 R Florida International
83 Hill, Jason WR 6-0 202 26 5 Washington State
18 Inman, Dontrelle WR 6-3 198 22 R Virginia
17 Matthews, John WR 6-0 200 25 2 University of San Diego
14 Newsome, Jamar WR 6-1 201 23 R Central Florida
81 Osgood, Kassim WR 6-5 220 31 9 San Diego State
80 Thomas, Mike WR 5-8 198 24 3 Arizona
19 Underwood, Tiquan WR 6-1 183 24 3

Rutgers

Wow. For those of you that are starting to count, that’s 11 of them. If that doesn’t give them options I’m not really sure what does. Regardless, and as always, we dive further in.

It’s oh-so-important to point out that the Jaguars won’t carry 11 wide receivers into the regular season. That’s a no brainer. The big problem for the coaching staff and GM Gene Smith will be determining who is worthy of a roster spot, who to cut, and who may end up on the practice squad.

Making the Cut
There’s no doubt that Mike Thomas will be on the Jaguars roster. Furthermore, he’ll be one of the starting wide receivers on opening day. Jason Hill is the heir apparent to Mike Sims-Walker, and he shouldn’t have many problems securing his roster spot as well. Cecil Shorts III is expected to develop into a solid receiver, and it’ll be interesting to see how he performs against top tier opponents. Regardless, penciling him in on the depth chart isn’t a bad idea at this point. Finally, Kassim Osgood will get a roster spot because he’s such a great special teams player. He’s really only in this article because he’s listed as a “WR” on the Jaguars official website.

On the Bubble
Jarett Dillard will have to show that he can stay healthy, but I think there’s a place on the team for him. John Matthews is a guy that is also the standard “possession receiver,” but he’s not as quick as Dillard, and from what I’ve read, he’s been having some problems catching the ball in training camp. There’s really no market for possession receivers that can’t catch. Look for him to be cut. Tiquan Underwood is the last guy I feel I need to mention in this piece. He has huge play speed, but he’s never been able to show that type of ability on gameday with any consistency. I think he may cling to a roster spot, but don’t be shocked if he’s cut.

All the Best for All the Rest
The rest of the receivers on the list will be either cut or put on the practice squad. There’s not really anyone worth noting just yet, and it’s still too early to see if one of the unknowns on the team will make a push for a roster spot, and there is certainly room for one or more to do that, but it’d be surprising and very difficult. That’s my impression of the Jaguars’ wide receiver situation right now. We’ll have to wait and see how it pans out over the course of the season.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.

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