Heading into the 2011 season questions are plenty at the wide receiver position. Mostly who is going to start along side Mike Thomas, as the release of Mike Sims-Walker has left a hole at this position. Thomas was the leading receiver on the team last year with 66 receptions for 820 yards and 4 touchdowns. Marcedes Lewis was second on the list with 58 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sims-Walker placed third with 43 receptions for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns. The only other Jags wide-out with double digit catches, that is still with the team, is Jason Hill who had 11 receptions for 248 yards and 1 touchdown.
While the Jaguars will surely look to newcomer Cecil Shorts III for help with this dilemma there are possibilities out there. The team could very well re-sign Mike Sims-Walker once the lock out ends and free agency begins, they could also stand pat with what they have. The team could also pursue a veteran receiver in free agency to give the young guys leadership and a proven teacher. Sims-Walker could be back in the fold simply because he is young and has produced for them in the past.
The Jags could also pursue a couple native Floridians to give them help at the receiver position. Santana Moss and Santonio Holmes are both free agents and both hail from Florida. Moss has spent the past few years with the Washington Redskins, and last season gave them 93 receptions for 1115 yards and 6 touchdowns. While Moss isn’t as quick has he used to be he is a proven veteran and would be a boost the receiving corps. Holmes is entering his 6th season in the NFL.
He spent last season with the NY Jets after being traded in the off season from Pittsburgh after off the field issues forced the Steelers to make a move. Holmes is a former Super Bowl MVP and is a very clutch receiver. Holmes has speed and quickness that helps him burn defenders. Last season he had 52 receptions for 746 yards and 6 touchdowns while only playing in twelve games for the Jets.
No matter what route the Jaguars decide to go they will definitely have a solid young core of receivers for David Garrard to throw to. How the young guys catch on and help the team will be a story that is told over the course of the season. Regardless the Jaguars will again have a highlight reel receiving corps to watch in 2011.