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Jaguars Mid-Season Report Card: Wide Receivers

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We're at the mid-way point through the season and the Jacksonville Jaguars bye week falls right in the middle of the season. That's a good spot for the bye in my opinion because I think you've got a really good gauge as to where the team is at and projected where they'll go in the final eight games. We'll look at some of the units and grade how they've done through the first eight games. This time, we'll look at the Jaguars wide receivers.

Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Mike Thomas 31 333 10.7 47 1
Jason Hill 19 306 16.1 74 3
Jarett Dillard 6 63 10.5 25 0
Chastin West 1 16 16.0 16 0
Mike Sims-Walker 1 11 11.0 11 0

As you can see, the Jaguars receivers are nothing to write home about. Mike Thomas leads the team in receptions, by a lot, but he hasn't been targeted nearly as much in the past two games. Jason Hill has seen more targets, but still drops passes. According to the Washington Post, Hill is tied for 4th in the NFL in dropped passes with 4. I had a higher count than that, but we'll go with 4. Mike Thomas also falls in that list with 4 of his own dropped passes. If you watched Jaguars All Access on CBS 47 on Monday, you'd have seen analyst Jeff Lageman point out the poor route running by the receivers as well an inability to create separation, which has been a problem all season long.

No one else has been targeted enough to even register on the drop passes mark. Mike Sims-Walker just recently went on injured reserve and was replaced with Brian Robiskie. This was a receiver group the team went into the season with saying that they felt good about it. Given their desperation at signing guys like Chastin West (who doesn't even play) and waiver wire pick ups in Mike Sims-Walker and Brian Robiskie, it's clear this unit is woefully worse than what the team expected.