The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former wide receiver Keenan McCardell as their new receivers coach. McCardell will be taking over for Jerry Sullivan, who was fired earlier this month.
The #Jaguars have hired former Jacksonville WR Keenan McCardell as WRs coach.— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) January 20, 2017
McCardell brings with him several years of experience in the NFL and in college, serving as receivers coach for Washington from 2010-2012 and at Maryland from 2014-2015 under head coach Randy Edsall, where he coached current NFL players Stefon Diggs and Deon Long.
The former Jaguars receiver played 17 years in the NFL, six of which were with the team. He was the perfect complement to Jimmy Smith in the late 1990's, fearlessly catching passes over the middle and earning the "thunder" half of the "thunder and lightning" nickname with Smith. He and Smith caught more passes for more yards between 1996 and 2001 then any other duo at any other time in the NFL.
He rarely dropped passes, rarely fumbled, was fast, strong, an excellent route-runner, and besides Smith, no Jaguars receiver has ever come close to matching his talent on the field. His 11,373 yards is currently best for 29th all-time.