A lot of criticism has been bestowed upon the Jaguars receivers in 2011 and justifiably so. It's hard to imagine another team releasing the #1 receiver on their depth chart and watching him go unclaimed on waivers and remain without a team two weeks later. Frankly the WR corps has been bad and it has led to the Jaguars claiming Chastin West, Taylor Price and Brian Robiskie as well as signing Mike Sims-Walker.
Robiskie and Sims-Walker have both been lost for the season, but with Mike Thomas and Cecil Shorts III both out for tonight's game against the Falcons, the receivers will make for an interesting story line.
Of the four receivers that will play tonight for the Jaguars, only Jarett Dillard has seen a significant amount of targets this season and even he has only caught 21 balls. Kassim Osgood saw some time at receiver against the Buccaneers, but showed why he has stayed so low on the depth chart in Jacksonville when he dropped what could've been a touchdown.
West has caught eight balls in 2011, but has remained low on the Jaguars depth chart for most of the season. Tonight's game will likely be his best chance to make an impact.
But the most intriguing player to watch among the four receivers playing tonight is undoubtedly Taylor Price. Price will be making his debut with the Jaguars after never making much of an impact in New England with the Patriots.
Regardless, he was an intriguing talent out of the University of Ohio when he was drafted in the 3rd round in 2010 and could possibly be a player that will prosper in a new environment. In Jacksonville, Price will get that chance, particularly tonight with a slew of injuries that have put him in perfect position to show what he can do.
None of the four receivers tonight have assured spots on the 2012 Jaguars so tonight will be very important to each of these receivers to show what they can do and try to earn their favor with Gene Smith as he will almost certainly be interested in over-hauling the wide receiver position in the offseason.