Like many of you, I was at Everbank Field watching the Jaguars play our first team into the 2nd quarter. More than in other games, I noticed something missing from the Jaguars roster: A big bodied wide receiver who can make plays in the end zone.
This sounds like a silly thing, but the Jags don't seem to have it. I noticed it because of the Jaguars' play selection on the 3rd and goal plays from the 5 and 10 yard line early in the 2nd quarter. The Jaguars lined up Marcedes Lewis and two wide receivers bunched to Gabbert's left. The outside WR was Blackmon, the inside guy was Mike Thomas. Then the Jags motioned Thomas to the outside.Using motion does two things for you. 1) It creates matchups that the defense wasn't expecting and 2) it helps indicate whether the defense is using man or zone coverage.
In this case, Atlanta was in man coverage, and the WR on the outside was 1v1 with the corner. Usually, that's the exact matchup you look for. Of course, in that situation we had Mike Thomas one on one. Some receivers are big enough and with strong enough hands to just head about 7 yards deep in the end zone and leap over a CB to make a catch. Some are agile enough to drag their toes and make twisting catches on back shoulder throws. Thomas can do neither.
What the Jaguars need is a player that can take advantage of that one on one. I don't think it's Laurent Robinson, because he is more of a deep threat than a possession guy, and Blackmon will make his money in the NFL for his hands, but I think he's more valuable underneath because of his YAC skills.
So who's going to make that play? Cecil Shorts? Brian Robiskie? Marcedes Lewis? The Jaguars would be well served to find someone soon.