Jaguars Positional Analysis- Wide Receivers
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Posted May 24, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


We're deep into the 2011 offseason and Jaguars information is certainly scarce. We figured that this is a pretty good time to examine the current roster, position-by-position. We're going to move on to the wide receivers.

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The biggest offseason move the Jaguars made at the wide receiver position was informing Mike Sims-Walker that his services were no longer needed in Jacksonville. Up to this point, all the Jaguars did to improve the wide receiver position was to select Mount Union wideout Cecil Shorts in the fourth round of April's draft. At this point the team's wide receiving corps looks considerably worse than when they finished the regular season.

Can Mike Thomas be a number one receiver?

Mike Thomas had the best season of his career in 2010 but much of his success can be directly attributed to Mike Sims-Walker's presence on the field drawing double-coverage. In the two games that Sims-Walker didn't play in 2010, Thomas had nine receptions for just 67 yards combined.

Thomas is a nice slot receiver but he isn't a player who can go up and get the football in coverage. If he plays the "X" receiver position for the Jaguars in 2011 (or whenever they play football), the offense will have to revolve around a lot of short, quick passes.

How many eggs can the team afford to put in the Jason Hill basket?

Jason Hill was a nice "street free agent" pickup for the Jags last season as he showed an ability to beat single-coverage and catch the football. Unfortunately, the five-year veteran has a very thin body of work as he's caught just 51 passes and five touchdowns in his career. Relying on Hill to be a consistent contributor may be asking too much as he is capable, but very much unproven.

Can anyone else on the roster make a legitimate contribution?

As thin as the file is for Mike Thomas and Jason Hill, the rest of the Jaguars receiving corps is even more unproven. The team has been waiting for Jarett Dillard to stay healthy for two seasons and that hasn't happened yet.....Kassim Osgood is a phenomenal special teams talent, but he's caught 11 passes over the past six seasons combined....Rookie Cecil Shorts must make a tough transition from Division III college football to the NFL, 'nuff said....Perhaps a John Matthews or some other undrafted free agent could make an impact but the odds are very long.

Will there be any other players added to the position?

If there's one position that the Jaguars could add a veteran free agent it's at wide receiver. The thought of Mike Thomas, Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts really isn't going to keep any defensive coordinator up at night and it will be more difficult for Blaine Gabbert to have early success with such a poor to mediocre set of weapons.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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