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Jaguars have a need for wide receivers
Posted Mar. 16 at 01:26 AM
According to the Jacksonville Jaguars' team web site, Matt Jones' recent alcohol-related arrest was the last straw. The team has released him, according to this report.
The move leaves Jacksonville ridiculously thin at wideout. They released Jerry Porter early in the offseason, and Reggie Williams is an unrestricted free agent who the team has made no effort to bring back. Together those players were three of the team's five leading wide receivers a year ago, accounting for 6 of the 9 TDs that Jaguars' wideouts had last year.
At the moment, their wide receivers include only Mike Walker, Dennis Northcutt, Troy Williamson, and a couple of guys from the team's practice squad: Nate Hughes and D'Juan Woods.
There's a good chance, it seems, that Jacksonville will select a wide receiver in the first round. Because of a foot injury, there's a chance Michael Crabtree will still be available when the No. 8 pick rolls around. Jacksonville also might be interested in Jeremy Maclin of Missouri.
One other note on Jones. I noticed when he was arrested that he weighed 215 pounds (they weighed him, apparently, at the police station). That's a good weight. Jones weighed close to 240 in 2007, and he wasn't effective at that weight -- wasn't fast enough. It was when he dropped down to the 215 range last year that he became a viable NFL receiver -- he played fairly well at times last year, leading Jacksonville in receiving.
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