There were high expectations for Jordan Shipley when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the 2010 NFL Draft, but injuries forced the team to part ways with him after the 2011 season. After joining the Jacksonville Jaguars last year following a short stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Shipley will be back with the team once again in 2013.
The only question left to be answered–does Shipley have what it takes to live up to the Jaguars expectations?
When Shipley first came into the league, his blazing speed and ability in the slot drew comparisons to Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos and even though he may never reach that level–that doesn’t mean the wideout still can’t make an impact. When looking at a team like Jacksonville, they are already low when it comes to weapons on offense–which means Shipley could see plenty of passes thrown his way from Blaine Gabbert (or whoever is playing quarterback for the Jaguars).
As crazy as it sounds, this situation may benefit both parties as the Jaguars are looking for all of the weapons they can get and Shipley is looking to revive his career considering he hasn’t made that much of an impact since his rookie season. Shipley has always shown potential when it comes to being effective in the slot–so it should be interesting to see if this risk pays off for the Jaguars in 2010.
Otherwise, it may be difficult for Shipley to find work again if he can’t even find a way to make an impact on a team like Jacksonville.
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