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The Jaguars Top Free Agency Targets

Colston makes a tough catch

The free agent market opens on Tuesday and the Jaguars have some needs to address. The Jaguars primary targets are at wide receiver and defensive end, and with the Jaguars available cap room they can be aggressive when pursuing both of those areas.

Here are my top ranked targets for the Jaguars:

Defensive end, Mario Williams: Mario is the biggest target for many in free agency. He spent last year on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle, but that shouldn’t cause him a problem this season. The Jaguars need a dominant edge rusher, and Williams provides them with that. Williams becomes an even bigger target for the Jaguars, if they fail to re-sign current starting defensive end, Jeremy Mincey.

Wide receiver, Marques Colston: Colston has the ability to be the primary target for Blaine Gabbert. He has had five 1,000 yard season in six years as the primary target for Drew Brees in New Orleans. The possible problem with Colston is his injury troubles, he has had two knee injuries,  but if he is healthy he is the best fit for the Jaguars offense. He is a big target (6-4, 220lbs), runs excellent routes and has a solid work ethic.

Wide receiver, Vincent Jackson: Most list Jackson as the best receiver available; however, the problem I find with Jackson is his work ethic. He can often disappear in games which worries me, especially when he was the number one receiver in a solid passing game in San Diego. Having said that, Jackson has great size (6-5, 230lbs) and the Jaguars need a big target for Blaine Gabbert.

Quarterback, Kyle Orton: Now, this may seem like it’s coming from left field, but the Jaguars need a solid back-up behind Blaine Gabbert. Orton has been around the block and is a true professional. If he is willing to take a back seat, he would be a perfect mentor for Gabbert, and would provide the Jaguars a solid insurance option if either; anything were to happen to Gabbert, or he continues to be unproductive.

Wide receiver, Josh Morgan: Morgan is a player that the Jaguars reportedly have interest in. Morgan is in the second tier of available receivers, and should command less money than the major players such as Colston and Jackson, but he could be just as productive. He has decent size (6-feet, 220-lbs) and more potential than his statistics show. He’s not a number one receiver, but if the Jaguars combine Morgan with a another free agency splash or a high draft pick, he could be very productive.

The Jaguars also need depth throughout the team, and that will need to be addressed, but all the above are players that the Jaguars should target right out of the blocks on Tuesday.


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