Expect A Slow Start In The Passing Game

Find out how the Jaguars young players growth will be stunted early on in the season.

The Jaguars finished with the 31st ranking in the NFL last season in total offense. Much of the offseason was spent on trying to improve that side of the ball as they spent their first four draft picks on offense and signed Zane Beadles and Toby Gerhart.

With all of that work, don’t expect a lot of immediate success, especially in the passing game.

The Jaguars announced earlier today that rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson will be out for “an extended period of time” with a lower body injury. With Cecil Shorts already on the shelf with a hamstring and Ace Sanders away from the team as he’s suspended for the first quarter of the season, Chad Henne and Blake Bortles are short on targets.

The passing game is mostly timing based, and at this point it appears that whoever the Jaguars select as their starting quarterback (and all signs point to Henne, at least immediately) will have virtually no timing and the team will be forced to rely on rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns.

Not exactly what a veteran or rookie quarterback should be looking forward to.

Even with their full compliment of receivers, the Jacksonville air attack isn’t likely to rival the New Orleans Saints, much less the Jaguars teams of the early 2000’s. Still, with limited offseason work, training camp becomes more important than ever and that’s magnified with a young team like the Jags.

These reps are vitally important for the 2014 rookie class and due to no fault of their own, they simply aren’t going to have them.

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