While a lot of the talk surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason will rightfully be about the quarterback position, something that will go hand-in-hand with the decision there is the surrounding talent on the Jaguars offense. Most importantly, the seeming dearth of it on the Jaguars roster.
One area a lot of fans think the Jaguars will hit hard, be in free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft is the wide receiver position. It sounds like however, that the Jaguars are pretty comfortable with the guys they have under contract right now.
“I am,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said on Wednesday at the NFL Combine when asked if he felt good about the Jaguars wide receiver position. “I think for every position though, we are looking to get better. We will evaluate every position to try to get better and if we can do that, we will try and do that.”
The Jaguars will likely be losing Donte Moncrief, but he was a massive disappointing as a prove-it free agent, but will return Dede Westbrook who had kind of a breakout year in 2018, Keelen Cole who struggled and hopefully a healthy Marqise Lee. The team will also have 2018 second-round pick DJ Chark who had a few flashes but was derailed by injuries late in the year.
“With a little bit of luck and some guys coming back from injuries – which we feel good about right now – I think we should be alright. We talked about this in Jacksonville,” Caldwell said about the challenge in fixing the offense this offseason. “Two years ago, we were the fifth- or sixth-ranked offense in the league. We lost some guys to injuries last year, quite a few. We feel like we get some of those guys back, especially along the offensive line and at wide receiver, Marqise Lee [getting healthy], Dede Westbrook taking a step up …. The holes aren’t as big as they were at the end of the season.”
Caldwell also mentioned he felt like Keelan Cole was trying to do too much once the team lost Marqise Lee for the season and likely contributed to his stop-start/disappointing 2018.
Whatever it was, there is a lot of wiggle room and hopeful “ifs” for the Jaguars receiver group to make fans feel as comfortable about it as Caldwell seems to be.