A few hours following the Jaguars 24-14 loss to the Texans, wide receiver and special teamer, Kassim Osgood, went to Twitter to vent his frustrations with four consecutive tweets:
Feel like they put baby in a corner.
Now I know what they think of me
If they only need me for that, then TEAM first. I respect the game and won't complain. Just gonna work my ass off for my teammates
And it ain't Del Rio's fault. So peeps gotta find someone else to blame.
My interpretation of his second and third tweets are that Osgood is frustrated that he is only being used on special teams and isn't being used as a receiver. And I agree with him.
Here's an excerpt from an article by Michael C. Wright that appeared in the Florida Times-Union following Osgood agreeing to a deal with the Jaguars:
Most of Osgood’s impact on the field has come on special teams, where he’s excelled as a gunner. The opportunity to contribute as a receiver proved too enticing for Osgood to decline, he said.
According to Osgood, the Jaguars envision him continuing his dominance on special teams. But the club will also grant an opportunity for him to earn a spot in the receiver rotation.
When Osgood came to Jacksonville it was with the hopes that he could find some success as a receiver. In San Diego he rarely received the opportunity behind quality receivers like Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee. He caught 28 balls and four touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Chargers, but had just five receptions in his last five years with the club.
After catching a touchdown in his first ever game as a member of the Jaguars, he caught just five more balls in 2010 and has yet to see a ball even thrown his direction in 2011.
While he certainly isn't a polished route runner, what's to lose by putting him out there? Even if it turns out that he struggles to get open, I'd rather have a 6'5, 220 pound receiver that's not open and has shown himself to have good hands than any of the other six receivers that are all 6'2 or shorter and are never open.