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Jacksonville Jaguars Confidence Rating (Pre-Free Agency): Wide Receiver/ Tight End

July 13th, 2011 at 3:02 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Jaguars 101 continues its position by position confidence rating for the Jacksonville Jaguars by taking a look at the team’s wide receivers and tight ends. 

Remember, positions are graded on a one-to-10 scale (one being the least amount of confidence we have in the position, 10 being the most.) Aspects that we judge this rating on is overall talent, depth, potential and best and worst case scenarios. 
AFC tight end Marcedes Lewis (C) of the Jacksonville Jaguars scores a touchdown as NFC linebacker Jon Beason of the Carolina Panthers tackles him during the fourth quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii January 30, 2011. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Question To Answer: Will a true No.1 target emerge for the Jaguars? 
Breakdown: Mike Sims-Walker will not return to the Jaguars, meaning Mike Thomas will be the team’s No. 1 target. The third-year receiver had 820 yards last season and has shown the ability to be a reliable option, but is he ready to be the focal point of the passing game?… Jason Hill was a steal as a midseason pickup (233 receiving yards in the team’s last four games) and will be counted on as the team’s No. 2 option…Oft-injured Jared Dillard and rookie Cecil Shorts will likely battle for the slot receiver position…Tight end Marcedes Lewis emerged as an elite player last season (700 receiving yards,  10 touchdowns) and is arguably the most well-rounded tight end in the NFL…Zach Miller is a good receiving threat and will compliment Lewis nicely in two- tight end sets. 

This Group Will Be Fine If…Hill can pick up where he left off last season.
Worst Case Scenario: A slot receiver doesn’t emerge and Hill is mediocre.  
Prediction: Thomas may not be a typical No.1 target but his quickness and fluidity will create enough mismatches for the Jaguars to have a respectable passing game. Hill will likely have his ups and downs but his production will be supplemented by Dillard, who is ready to break out. Lewis’ numbers will be down this season but his presence will certainly impact games. 
My Confidence Rating: 6 Perhaps I’m more confident than I should be given all the “ifs” regarding Jacksonville’s receivers, but my gut feeling is that Thomas will emerge as a 1,000-yard player and at least one of player will step up and compliment him. This group isn’t great but it should be respectable and there's upside here. 
Tags: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jared Dillard, Jason Hill, Marcedes Lewis, Mike Thomas, Tight End, wide receiver, Zach Miller

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