With just 83 days until kickoff, let’s talk about the greatest No. 83 in Jacksonville Jaguars history — Pete Mitchell!
Pete Mitchell (1995-1998, 2002)
A First Team All-American in 1993 and 1994 at Boston College, Mitchell was an easy mid-round draft pick for the Miami Dolphins. But the Jaguars wanted him badly and Tom Coughlin, who coached Mitchell, knew his worth so he traded little-known wide receiver Mike Williams for him.
In his first four-year stint with the team, Mitchell caught 166 passes for 1,845 yards and nine touchdowns and in his second stint he caught 25 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
But what was so impressive about Mitchell was his catch ratio. He was targeted 287 times and caught 191 passes in his five years with the team — a 66.5% ratio. Compare that to the sure-handed Keenan McCardell who finished below 63% in his six years with the team.
FUN EXERCISE! Without looking it up, name another No. 83 for the Jaguars not named Jason Hill or Ben Koyack.