It’s no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t very good on offense this year. While most would point to quarterback Blake Bortles as the focal point of their ineptitude, and probably rightfully so, the offense has multiple units struggling.
One of those units would be the wide receiver corps, who has taken a major step back this year. Most of that regression would be blamed on Bortles’ inaccuracy throwing the football, but the individual receivers have had their issues themselves. The trio of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee leads the NFL for the most drops by a wide receiver trio, according to Pro Football Focus.
Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns have 21 drops between the 3 of them. Most of any WR trio— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) December 8, 2016
Obviously, that’s not a good statistic. To make matters worse, they don’t just lead wide receiver trios for drops.
Now, there is some argument to be made that these drops might not happen at such a high rate if Bortles threw a better ball. On the other hand (no pun intended), we’ve seen a fair share of the receivers dropping accurate passes that were right in their hands. So while some blame might be attributed to the quarterback, the receivers ultimately are expected to make the most of the opportunities they are given.
One of the things many Jaguars fans will be watching for the final four games of the season is how the offense finishes the year. Marqise Lee, despite contributing to the drops mentioned above, has had by far his best season in the NFL. Unfortunately, Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson aren’t even close to matching their production from last season, and Hurns is fighting injuries. Bortles and Robinson met the other day to try to get on the same page, so we’ll see if that has any positive effects going forward.
Either way, the drops are a concerning statistic, and one of the many things the Jaguars will need to improve on to become a good offense.