Jarett Dillard, Tiquan Underwood: On the Roster Bubble?

A position group on the roster that gets overlooked somewhat, at least on the back end, has been the wide receiver group. A big reason why is we've been so focused on the quarterback situation, because... well it's quarterback. On the back end of the wide receiver group however, there's two guys who could essentially be fighting for their jobs.

Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood could be on the outs, or at least one of them will be.

Four of the Jacksonville Jaguars typical five roster spots for the wide receiver position are virtually set in stone. Mike Thomas, Jason Hill, Kassim Osgood, and Cecil Shorts will all be on the final roster barring injury. Outside of that, I'd imagine the Jaguars would like to bring in 1-2 "big body" receivers to go with their relatively small receiving group, being that Kassim Osgood is the only big receiver on the roster and he's pretty much the "token running play" receiver.

Jarett Dillard has been somewhat of a "Underwear League All-Star" with Tiquan Underwood. In training camp, both seem to look uncoverable. Until the pads go on, that is. Once the pads go on, Dillard is primarily limited to the slot where he doesn't have to fight press coverage and Underwood seemingly can't catch. Recently, the Jaguars have mentioned the expect rookie Cecil Shorts to compete immediately for a role in the receiving group, likely as the "starting" third receiver. Most of us figured that would be Dillard's role in the offense, but it feels like the Jaguars might be ready to move on from that situation.

Dillard was drafted in the 5th round in the 2009 NFL Draft, and at the time most people thought it was a steal. Dillard was insanely productive at Rice and though he lacked speed, was an amazing route runner with vaccuum hands. The problem Dillard has had however, is he can't stay on the field. Since he was drafted, he's played in only 7 games and has been plagued with lower leg injuries. In 2009 he broke his ankle against the New York Jets and then in 2010 he suffered a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to miss the majority of training camp and then was placed on injured reserve right before the season opener. It's possible the Jaguars could give him a shot in camp, but send him the way of oft-injured Mike Sims-Walker.

Tiquan Underwood on the other hand has been all flash with no substance. He's got blazing speed to get down the football field, but his hands are his worst enemy. His route running is rather herky-jerky and poor, but his speed makes up for it. As I mentioned, in underwear practice he looks unstoppable, but when the pads and lights are on he can't help himself. With the Jaguars seemingly being very high on Jason Hill, who offers the same ability to stretch the field as Underwood but with the ability to actually catch the ball, I have a hard time seeing Underwood sticking on the roster. Especially if his stone hands plague him once again in training camp and the pre-season.

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