Jacksonville looked like a bad team for the most part last year. Their offense was essentially a one-trick pony named Maurice Jones-Drew; all be it a very talented one. Defensively they were pretty good overall. It was just the complete lack of a passing game that kept them from being even remotely competitive.
I would not be shocked if the Jags managed to nab a pair of quality wide receivers during the off-season and became a competitive team once again. If the words of GM Gene Smith are any indication that doesn't seem too likely to happen.
According to Smith, the Jags are going to be pretty quiet in free agency this year.
In my mind that is not such a good thing. I understand his general concept of building through the draft like Smith wants to do. When you build a team together and hold on to them over time you are more likely to get a group that can gel and play well on the field.
It's been a few years since the Jags have had even one recognizable name in its wide receiver corps (let me amend that--years since they had a guy known for his football prowess; you know what I mean Matt Jones). David Garrard never had a good receiver to work with and BlaineGabbert definitely did not last season.
If I were Smith, I would take the best available wide receiver when its the Jags turn in the first round. At No 7 they are going to have lots of options. Teams have had good luck with first round wide receivers lately; hopefully the same can be said for who the Jags take.
Without a secondary receiving threat, that will not mean a whole lot; teams will just double or triple cover whoever it is if the Jags do not get another receiver.Expecting to get another playmaker--unless they go for another receiver with their second pick--is unlikely. That leaves free agency.
The good thing about free agency this season is that there are a number of wide receivers from marquee down to role players that are going to be available. I can understand if the team didn't want to spend big money on a Marquess Colston type of guy, but they desperately need someone.
You've got the makings of a good team here Smith. Do what needs to be done in order to win before you run poor MJD into the ground.