2013 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp preview: Wide receivers

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The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver group heading into the 2013 season will be some of the same, and quite a bit different all at the same time. Not including suspensions, the two starting receivers should remain the same with Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon on the outside, but on the inside and in the first rotation is where it can get a bit different.

The Players

Cecil Shorts III
Ht 6-0 Wt: 202
Age: 25 Exp: 3
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 WR

Cecil Shorts returns as the Jaguars No. 1 wide receiver, and by all accounts looks better than he did last season. Shorts emerged as the team's most reliable big play threat during the 2012 season, despite not starting for the first handful of games.

Camp Outlook: Against popular belief, Shorts enters training camp as the team's best receiver and should hold that position.

Justin Blackmon
Ht 6-1 Wt: 210
Age: 23 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 2 WR

Blackmon started out slow in his rookie season but really came on in the second half as his head stopped spinning. A game against the Houston Texans slanted his overall production, but he appears to be on his way to being a reliable possession receiver if he can stay on the field.

Camp Outlook: Blackmon enters training camp as the No. 2 receiver, but he will be suspended for the first four games of the season.

Mohamed Massaquoi
Ht 6-2 Wt: 207
Age: 26 Exp: 5
Start of Camp Status: First rotation receiver

The Jaguars signed Massaquoi during the free agency period, which was a little bit of a surprise until the news of Blackmon's suspension was made public. The belief is the team knew it was coming and wanted to pick up a contingency plan for the first half of the season. Massaquoi has been a starter in the league previously and a change of scenery could help.

Camp Outlook: Massquoi should be in heavy rotation with the first team in camp, as he's expected to fill in for Blackmon during the first four games.

Ace Sanders
Ht 5-7 Wt: 178
Age: 21 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Inside receiver, punt returner

The Jaguars added Sanders in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the idea he could be an asset returning punts and potentially as an inside receiver down the line.

Camp Outlook: Sanders enters camp battling Jordan Shipley as the inside receiver and should be the No. 1 option on punt returns.

Jordan Shipley
Ht 6-0 Wt: 188
Age: 27 Exp: 4
Start of Camp Status: Inside receiver

Shipley joined the Jaguars mid-season in 2012 after being released by the Buccaneers and quickly found himself a role as the slot receiver. Shipley contributed more and more each game and was re-signed back in March.

Camp Outlook: Shipley will battle with Ace Sanders for the slot receiver position and if he can't hold it back from the rookie could be on the chopping block.

Taylor Price
Ht 6-1 Wt: 195
Age: 25 Exp: 4
Start of Camp Status: Backup outside receiver

Taylor Price was added to the Jaguars back in 2011 after he was waived by the Patriots, who drafted him in the third-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He flashed at times in camp and the preseason for the Jaguars, but always seems to wind up injured.

Camp Outlook: Price enters training camp on the bubble and with a consistent showing could find himself on the roster.

Tobias Palmer
Ht 5-11 Wt: 178
Age: 23 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Back up outside receiver, kick returner

Palmer joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and quickly turned heads with his speed and ability to make plays down the field. Palmer will likely get a lot of looks as a kick returner in the preseason.

Camp Outlook: Palmer is one of the UDFA's that could make the final roster, especially if he can make an impact as a kick returner.

Mike Brown
Ht 5-10 Wt: 200
Age: 24 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: Backup inside receiver, punt returner

The former quarterback joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and showed a little bit in camp before struggling to consistently catch the football and field punts. Brown was on the practice squad for much of the season before being added to the roster when the team suffered a slew of injuries at the receiver position.

Camp Outlook: Brown has drawn some praise in the offseason program, but he has an uphill battle to make the Jaguars final roster.

Toney Clemons
Ht 6-2 Wt: 210
Age: 24 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: Backup outside receiver

Clemons was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL Draft and was signed off their practice squad by the Jaguars late in 2012. Clemons played a handful of games for the Jaguars late in the year, catching three passes.

Camp Outlook: Clemons is a bigger receiver who has a shot at the roster and/or practice squad if he can show some play making ability.

Jeremy Ebert
Ht 6-0 Wt: 195
Age: 24 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: Backup receiver

The Jaguars claimed Ebert when he was waived by the Patriots earlier this summer. Ebert was originally drafted by the Patriots in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL Draft and was released in final cuts. He had a stint with the Philadelphia Eagles then back with the Patriots again before joining the Jaguars.

Camp Outlook: Ebert will have a tough time making the Jaguars final roster unless he can prove himself to be an asset on special teams.

Jamal Miles
Ht 5-10 Wt: 180
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup receiver

Miles was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jaguars with the idea that he will compete as a slot receiver and a punt returner. While Miles didn't have gaudy receiving stats at Arizona State, he was second-team All Pac-12 as a returner.

Camp Outlook: Miles will have to show big play ability as a returner to have a shot at the Jaguars roster.

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