The Jacksonville Jaguars, who were once rich in wide receivers, find themselves with just four who are healthy. Allen Robinson is gone for the year with an ACL injury, Dede Westbrook is on injured reserve himself, Rashad Greene is gone for the season, as well as Shane Wynn.
That leaves Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Arrelious Benn, and Keelan Cole left on the 53-man roster. Undrafted rookie Amba Etta-Tawo is on the practice squad, but even if they call him up there’s still an open receiver spot.
If the Jaguars decide to look for a one-year replacement for a starting-caliber receiver, there are a couple available.
Cruz had a breakout 2011 but has regressed every year since then. He missed all of 2015 with a knee injury and mounted a comeback last year, but never really found his groove — finishing with just 586 yards and a touchdown in the regular season and then 30 more yards in the postseason. He tried to catch on with the Chicago Bears this year but was cut shortly after he injured his knee in the preseason finale.
According to Windy City Gridiron, he just didn’t show very much during training camp and preseason. With the Jaguars likely having a more functional offense than the Bears, is he worth another look? After all, Tom Coughlin brought him in for a workout in May.
The 34-year-old wide receiver played just five games last year and caught just 15 passes. His last NFL touchdown was in 2015. His second-to-last touchdown was in 2014. But he’s got the size and frame that the Jaguars could be looking for.
After all, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly talked to him about coming back so he can’t be in too bad a shape. He’s not explosive, but he could be a competent possession receiver for one more season in the NFL. And that’s all the Jaguars need of him.
He missed all of 2016 with a meniscus injury, but at just 31 years old he could be worth a look. He has the closest frame and size to Allen Robinson as any of the free agent receivers available but his injury luck makes any team wary. After a fast start in 2015, he finished with just 10 games in his two seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.
After the three above, it starts to get a little dicey. Streater started out as a productive undrafted free agent for the Oakland Raiders before signing a big prove-it deal with the Kansas City Chiefs who traded him to the San Francisco 49ers a week before the season began. He struggled in his only season there and then signed with the Buffalo Bills this offseason to revamp his career this year. Instead, he dealt with injuries.
According to Buffalo Rumblings, Streater had a good chance to make the Bills roster before the preseason, but the 29-year-old struggled to produce with a toe injury.
We’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel, but that’s where we are with available wide receivers. Beckham-Green is an under-performing second round pick who was traded after one season and then was cut after another. He passed through waivers unclaimed and Bleeding Green Nation was not surprised in the slightest that zero NFL teams wanted him.
He has good speed for how big he is. However, I don’t think he’d be a great signing either — but this is where we are in terms of the market for wide receivers who can play outside.