Receiver issues remain a major concern for Jaguar

Receiver issues remain a major concern for Jaguar

Jacksonville, Florida. Urban Meyer emphasized a quick attack with speed all over the field.

The truth is that the Jaguars don’t have much of it and this is only becoming more evident as the week goes on as the Jacksonville offensive progresses.

The Jacksonville receiver unit has underperformed notably this season. Recipients struggle to separate from defenders. Drops accumulated. With DJ Chark exiting this season with a broken ankle, no other player has emerged as a viable replacement. You’ve missed Laviska Shenault – is it a real receiver, instrument player, or something else? Marvin Jones Jr. is the most common threat Jacksonville has received, but it’s not the number one spot on the scale and it shows.

Jamal Agnew provided a spark at times but emerged as a converted defensive player and is still learning the position. Tyron Johnson was expected to play a role in his pace, but he struggled to see the field before his release on Tuesday.

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For Meyer, a coach who prioritizes speed and mismatch, the weekly challenge was trying to get production from a unit down. There are no easy solutions. Jacksonville has mined the exemption wire and a role in receivers in both the previous season and the regular season. She chose not to add Odell Beckham Jr. Or Desean Jackson to excuse the compromises and keep trying to improve one of the weakest units on the list by tweaking and managing the list.

“This is one of the areas we’re trying to figure out,” Mayer said.

Those struggles became more visible. ESPN has credited Jacksonville’s pass catcher with 18 points, including one of Agnew in the end zone against the Bills on a pass from backup CJ Beathard.

The concern is that those struggles will affect the development of rising quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has clearly struggled in recent weeks. Lawrence has only one touchdown pass since farewell week, a rubbish time throw for Agnew against Seattle in a game that Jacksonville was losing 24-0 at the time. Lawrence’s growth hinges on strides in the scrolling game. And since the week of farewell, she has not been beautiful.

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Lawrence only 63 for 115 for 518 yards (54%) and one touchdown and one interception at that distance.

The injuries took a bite out of that receiving body.

Selected in the first round, Travis Etienne was expected to have a solid workload of picking up passes, but he picked up an injury to Lefranc in pre-season and lost this season. Chark’s loss was a back-break for Jaguar. Instead of starting Jones and getting involved from the outside and moving Shenault into the hole, a more natural location, Jacksonville had to fiddle with the lineup to try and create anything he could. The Chark was close to the #1 true receiver on the list. His loss forced the Jaguar to try to find a No. 1 alternative on a large scale.

“We need more production from our reception crew. DJ Chark was a tall guy who could run fast. Great guy. I mean, he worked on his tail in the off-season and all of a sudden, look outside and he’s down,” Meyer said. In it number two is as good as number one, get in there, we’re fine. We struggled a little bit there with the size and the speed you know, we definitely have some production, the guys are doing really well. But this was a hit.”

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