Jacksonville Jaguars Need to Avoid Free Agent Wide Receivers

By Devin O'Barr
Justin Blackmon scores a touchdown
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have plenty to improve upon this season as they are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history at 2-14. With a new coach and a new general manager the team may feel the need to go out and snag one of the top-notch NFL free agent wide receivers, but they must resist.

Wes Welker is probably the number one free agent wide receiver this season and at age 31 the rebuilding Jaguars should want nothing to do with him and his impending big contract.

Greg Jennings is another high-profile wideout on the market, but he is a player who has been with the Green Bay Packers for the last seven seasons and is used to catching the ball in bunches. I can assure you Jennings will only stunt the progression of last years fifth overall pick in Justin Blackmon.

The passing game is the least of the Jaguars worries in 2013 as they have two wide receivers who flirted with 1,000 yards this season and Blackmon did it in his rookie-campaign.

Cecil Shorts may not be a household name, however his ability was noticed in 2012 with seven touchdowns and 979 yards with Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert throwing to him. With Maurice Jones-Drew back for a full season the pressure will be off of these young players and both will grow immensely.

For now the Jags need to focus on everything but wideout as they were 30th in points scored and point allowed in 2012. With the Jaguars given the second-overall pick and plenty of picks this April they will need to use them wisely and not on the wide receiver position.

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