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Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receivers Get Spark from Jarett Dillard

November 16th, 2011 at 11:54 AM
By Brendan Sonnone

Jarett Dillard was regarded as a touchdown machine when the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted the wide receiver out of Rice in fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. 

Dillard (5-11, 190) left Rice as the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdown receptions, with 60. The previous record was 50. Before Sunday's 17-3 victory against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars' receiver never recorded a touchdown reception in the NFL.

A fluid, sure-handed wide out, Dillard was expected to develop into a productive slot receiver for the Jaguars, but lower leg injuries cut his rookie season short (106 yards through 10 games) and kept him out for all of 2010. 

Dillard is finally healthy and his two-catch, 30-yard performance against the the Colts, which included a 19-yard touchdown reception, showed that he has the ability to make an impact for Jacksonville

After all, he does something that few other wide receivers on the Jacksonville roster can do: get open and consistently catch the ball.

Dillard, along with  Chastin West (three receptions, 39 yards) revitalized the Jaguars' passing attack against the Colts. Maybe revitalized isn't the right word, as Blaine Gabbert was an efficient 14-of-21 for a touchdown and an interception. Not great numbers by any means, but he looked much more comfortable throwing to Dillard and West, who got the separation that Jacksonville's other receivers haven't this season.

By and large, Mike Thomas and Jason Hill have been sluggish this year and haven't been able to get open as much as they should for their rookie quarterback. Gabbert has had his own struggles too, but that's a different story for a different day. 

Obviously Dillard and West are not long-term solutions at receiver, but they both proved capable of adding quickness and consistency to the position, which is a huge upgrade for the Jaguars at this point in the season. 

Tags: Blaine Gabbert, Chastin West, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jarett Dillard, Mike Thomas, NFL

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