Scobee A Priority For Jags

Jacksonville has most of its top offensive players locked into contracts for the coming season with one notable exception - kicker Josh Scobee. While most expect the eight-year veteran to re-sign with the club, most also figured that the team's veteran punter, Adam Podlesh, would re-up with the club the year before and he chose instead to sign a multiple-year deal with Chicago.

Scobee is too valuable to the Jaguars to have a similar situation take place. He's been one of the league's most accurate kickers in his eight seasons with the Jaguars, converting better than 75 percent of his field-goal attempts in all but one season.

Scobee led the team in scoring last year with 92 points, including 23-of-25 (92 percent) field-goal attempts, the second time in his career he's finished over 90 percent with his kicks. It isn't likely the Jaguars would use the franchise tag on him and probably won't have to. They'll make every attempt to sign him. For a team that was among the league's lowest scoring clubs, the Jaguars can ill afford to lose a player with Scobee's talents.

What needs overhauling is the receiver position. Mike Thomas led the team in receiving with just 44 catches and was the only wideout with over 30 receptions. Thomas served as the team's No. 1 receiver for much of the season, but is more fit as a third choice.

At least one veteran free agent receiver (i.e. San Francisco's Vincent Jackson) and a first- or second round pick at the position in the college draft is the likely scenario for the team. Last year's rookie, fourth-round pick Cecil Shorts, looked promising in camp and practices, but it never transferred to game-action. He finished with just two catches for 30 yards.

The rest of the receivers group are all young with three years or less experience. Special teams standout Kassim Osgood was looking for more action as a receiver, but finished with just five catches for 42 yards.

The Jaguars will also need to address the backup quarterback spot where Luke McCown is set to return for his ninth NFL season. But he's 31 years old and is a free agent. The team will have to decide if they want to keep him for a fourth year or look for another veteran quarterback to back up second-year starter Blaine Gabbert.

Biggest question on the offensive line is whether center Brad Meester returns for a 13th season. He already holds the franchise record for most career starts and is the only player to have played 12 seasons with the Jaguars. He did enjoy a solid season in 2011, but at 35, the team may look for a younger, quicker fix at the position.

Tackle Guy Whimper filled in for starter Eben Britton but will take a spot on the bench if Britton returns healthy from his back injury last year. Whimper is a free agent and has six seasons in the NFL. The Jaguars will try to re-sign him but won't overspend to retain him.

The rest of the offense is secure with Gabbert; tight ends Marcedes Lewis, Zach Miller and Zach Potter; and a running back tandem led by Maurice Jones-Drew and fullback Greg Jones along with backups Rashad Jennings, Deji Karim and DuJuan Harris. It has to be solid because there are numerous shortfalls in the receiving group.

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