"Porter seemed to be a rising star in the NFL. After setting a personal high with 76 receptions in 2005, things took a strange turn under then Oakland head coach Art Shell. Inexplicably, the Raiders best receiver was relegated to a bench role when he did not see eye-to-eye with his new coach. That year became a lost season.The Jaguars are certainly hoping that Porter is a good fit in Jacksonville, and they have gambled $10 million on it. If Porter can realize his nearly unlimited potential, he can take the Jaguars passing game to the next level, as well as quarterback David Garrard.
This past season, Porter never seemed to develop a solid relationship with either Daunte Culpepper or Josh McCown - and the round-robin at quarterback certainly didn¹t help. He could sense his future with Oakland was done and voided the final year of his contract.
Porter has terrific hands and runs precise routes, creating separation from defenders with his smooth and long stride.
He is a big receiver that has deceptive speed. He can get behind the safeties and create havoc with his big-play ability. He is also physical and will use his body as a shield to corral the rock.
Consistency has been the biggest factor. With his size and speed combination, you would think he would have been the go-to guy each year. He has never really established himself as such. He profiles as a number one type of receiver, and the last two years can't really be taken into consideration because of the inconsistency at quarterback.
I expect, even with some of his faults, he can haul in 80 receptions a year or more. I also think consistency at the position will give him more attitude on the field to make plays and Jacksonville appears to be a perfect fit."
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