Time for Jacksonville to start thinking about getting Lawrence some help

Time for Jacksonville to start thinking about getting Lawrence some help


Time for Jacksonville to start thinking about getting Lawrence some help


Trevor Lawrence’s receivers lead the NFL in dropped passes.

That is all. The blunt statement speaks for itself.

But in all seriousness, with the NFL season winding down and Jacksonville all but locked in for the No. 1overall pick again, it’s time to start thinking about getting him some help for next season.

It’s doubtful that the Jaguars would use the first overall pick on a wideout as they’ll likely need to abide by the best player available mantra.

At the same time, Jacksonville will likely look at Day 2 of April’s draft to find some pass-catchers who can make an impact right away. One of those receivers could be Justyn Ross, who certainly already has a rapport with Lawrence.

Next year’s crop of free-agent wide receivers is a talented one, that is very top-heavy. However, the likelihood that guys like Davanate Adams and Chris Godwin will hit the open market is slim at best. If Adams and Godwin can’t work out extensions or for some reason aren’t franchise-tagged by their respective franchises, Jacksonville should definitely swing for the fences.

Additionally, it’s unlikely that Michael Gallup and Christian Kirk will be available, but they’re the type of young players who could be a potential No. 1 wide receiver at their next stops.

The first plausible name that jumps out, and a Clemson fan favorite, is rising NFL superstar Mike Williams. The Los Angeles Chargers of course have the option to keep him in town, but there’s growing speculation that they might let him walk after the season, despite putting together a career year.

Obviously, he would have a ton of interest league-wide, so it might be a tough sell, getting him to come to Jacksonville. In any event, a Clemson-studded offense should sound pretty intriguing to Tigers fans.

Chicago’s Allen Robinson is another big name that will be available. Perhaps a high-dollar deal would make a homecoming possible for the elite wideout in need of another change of scenery.

Jacksonville could also choose to look in the direction of established veterans, who are past their respective primes but could potentially still be reliable targets for a young quarterback like Lawrence.

Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sammy Watkins all fit that bill.

A few more possibilities include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, Jamison Crowder and Russell Gage  — all very talented, and productive guys who could be looking for a new opportunity.

Not to mention, the Jaguars should make it a priority to re-sign one of their own in D.J. Chark. Even though he only played in four games this season due to a fractured ankle, he’s clearly the most talented wide receiver on Jacksonville’s roster by a wide margin.

Sure, Chark got off to the wrong foot with now ousted-head coach Urban Meyer, but he wasn’t the only one. The Jaguars need to elevate Lawrence’s play by adding talented players around him. It would only make sense to keep one of those players — Chark — from leaving the building.

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