JACKSONVILLE – Eight Jaguars experts – Bucky Brooks, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Kai Stevens – are breaking down the Jaguars as the 2023 NFL season approaches; today: The expects discuss their most trusted position other than quarterback entering 2023
Bucky Brooks, NFL Media and Jaguars Analyst/Jaguars Sideline Reporter
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: The Jaguars' wide receivers/tight ends should vie for honors as the best set of pass catchers in the league. The combination of wide receivers Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones and tight end Evan Engram can produce three 1,000-yard receivers due to complementary skills and interchangeability of the unit. Whether it is Ridley filling the No. 1 role with Kirk, Jones and Engram serving as complements or Head Coach Doug Pederson opting to feature the "hot hand" based on matchups or game flow, the Jaguars have assembled a collection of talent on the perimeter with the potential to produce weekly fireworks.
Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: I love the receiver room. And I'm counting Engram, even though he is technically a tight end. But he, Kirk and Jones are so steady – and now you add the explosive Ridley. Can't wait to see those guys work.
Jeff Lageman, Jaguars Analyst and Former Jaguars Defensive End
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: Wide receivers. The group was experienced and talented last year, and with the addition of Ridley should be one heck of a group for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Jones and Kirk impressed me last year with how unselfishly they play the game, and new wide receivers coach Chad Hall will love coaching this group.
Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23:This has to be the wide receiver position. The Jags are loaded with veterans. Sure, they still dropped a high percentage of passes last year, but they caught a lot of balls, too. If the Jags receivers stay healthy, I think they might have the most complementary group of players at the position in the NFL.
John Oehser, jaguars.com Senior Writer
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering 23: Wide receiver perhaps not unexpectedly was the popular choice this edition of "final analysis", but the near-unanimous nature of that popularity speaks to this group's strength. It also speaks to the stunningly effective and quick turnaround at the position. Kirk and Jones are entering their second Jaguars seasons, as is Engram. Ridley is entering his first season with the team. That group is expected to form one of the NFL's top pass-catching foursomes. That's a remarkably efficient job of building what long has been a deficient position around this franchise.
Brian Sexton, jaguars.com Senior Correspondent
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: We saw the value of a good tight end to a young quarterback last season, so that's the room I have the most confidence in this summer. Engram proved last season he was capable of being the go-to guy for Lawrence. I get that Brenton Strange is a rookie, that we haven't seen much from Luke Farrell and that Gerrit Prince hasn't played yet. However, Pederson has always made the most of the tight ends wherever he has been. This is a good room with plenty of potential and a proven leader in Engram.
J.P. Shadrick, jaguars.com Reporter/Editor
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: Wide receiver. It is a veteran group, and it is deep. Jones and Kirk proved last season they can play in different roles and have the smarts to make adjustments on the fly before the snap. Add a talented and motivated Ridley to the mix, plus a running game that can travel, and this could open the door to offensive production that has only been seen a few times in NFL history.
Kai Stevens, Team Reporter/Producer
- Position group – other than quarterback – I trust the most entering '23: There's a little bit of everything within that group and the players all mesh well. This was probably the strongest position group last year and that's without Ridley. Now with Ridley on the roster, it allows Kirk to line up in the slot, where Kirk has traditionally been successful. It's never a bad idea to surround your franchise quarterback with a host of weapons.