At this point, it is impossible to determine exactly how much time Porter will miss, but judging by the severity of the injury (as it required surgery) and the tentative, slow-healing nature of hamstring injuries, the Jaguars may not have Porter at full strength for much of the season.
Porter was the Jaguars initial free agent acquisition, as he was brought in to be a legitimate number one receiver, something the Jaguars haven't had since Jimmy Smith retired after the 2005 season. Porter looked like that number one receiver for a short amount of time, as he injured the hamstring during the second week of OTA's. Prior to his injury, Porter turned heads and here's what his new quarterback David Garrard had to say about him—
"I think he's going to be a great receiver here," said David Garrard. "He's definitely a receiver that can make a lot of spectacular plays, and I think he's going to add to the great group of receivers we already have."
The only thing that's somewhat mysterious about this setback to Porter is why both he and the Jaguars waited this long to have the seemingly inevitable surgery, as he injured the hamstring more than six weeks ago. One would assume that if Porter had the surgery immediately following the injury, it would allow for a quicker recovery period.
The collective question on many Jaguars fans minds is will the offense be okay without Porter? The answer should be yes. The team leaned heavily on the league's second-ranked rushing attack last season without Porter, and they have much of the same personnel this year. As for the passing game, Garrard still has last season's number one receiver, Dennis Northcutt, as well as Reggie Williams and a seemingly healthy Mike Walker and John Broussard. Added to the mix is Troy Williamson, who dazzled onlookers all spring.
"From what I've seen these guys are amazing, said Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. "First of all, Jerry Porter has some of the best hands that I've seen. He's only 6'3" or 6'4", but his hands are as big as mine, and I'm 6'7.5". The way he goes up and catches the ball is great. Williamson is just blazin'. I've never seen anyone that's so smooth and so fast, it's ridiculous. I was just like wow! We're going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Even without Porter the Jaguars are hardly void of offensive weapons. The same team that finished 2007 sixth in the NFL in points scored looks better on paper entering next weekend's start of training camp. Porter's injury is certainly a setback, but it shouldn't cripple the Jaguars offense.
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