The secondary appears to be stronger than last year and it will need to be, as the Jaguars have some stiff tests in the passing game.
Here are the Top 5 wide receivers that the Jaguars secondary will face in 2015.
Julio Jones has taken over the mantle as the Falcons best receiver, and that's saying quite a bit as Roddy White has been a fixture in that role for many years. Jones can simply do everything that a great receiver can do. He can go up and get the ball in traffic, has game-breaking speed and isn't afraid to make tough catches over the middle. Julio Jones is a chore for any defense and his 6-foot-6 frame gives him a height and physicality advantage over any cornerback in the NFL.
Although Brandon Marshall will be starting for his fourth NFL franchise, he's still one of the game's very best. Marshall may have lost a step or two but he's still an insanely productive receiver who has averaged better than 94 catches per year over the past eight seasons. That's without playing with anything resembling an elite quarterback as Marshall recently admitted that Kyle Orton was the best signal caller he ever played with. (Yuck!) Marshall makes all of the tough catches and he's one of the most difficult receivers to tackle in the NFL. He will make Geno Smith or whoever lines up under center for the Jets much better in 2015.
Call it a short man's bias, but T.Y. Hilton deserves much more accolades than he currently receives. He's not a slot receiver, he's a No. 1 receiver who can line up in the slot. Hilton plays much bigger than his size and he's the definition of an explosive playmaker. Hilton has averaged 82 catches, with better than 1,200 yards over the past two seasons, mostly while not being the offense's most frequented option. The additions of Andre Johnson and Phillip Dorsett will only give defenses more to worry about, as teams won't be able to key quite as much on Hilton. It's unfortunate that the Jaguars have to line up against him twice a year.
The youngest of Tampa's "Twin Towers" will be the most productive in 2015. Mike Evans doesn't have elite speed, but he's always open as his enormous 6-foot-5, 231 pound frame allows him to box out defenders on every play. Evans is just entering his prime and he finally has what we believe will be a legitimate quarterback in Jameis Winston. Evans has the ultimate mentor lining up on the opposite side of the football field in Vincent Jackson.
5. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Speaking of V-Jax, he rounds out our Top 5 as the fifth-best wide receiver the Jaguars will face in 2015. Jackson has been an elite wide receiver for years, and he's a jump-ball champion just like his protege Mike Evans. With virtual identical size to Evans (6-foot-5, 230 pounds), Jackson has a resume of production that's followed him through a pair of NFL stops. When playing a full season (double-digit games), Jackson has recorded six consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and has found the end zone 54 times in his career. It's possible that the Jaguars defense will be able to stop Evans or Jackson, but stopping both will be a chore.