Offseason Watch: Taking a look at the Jaguars' wide receiver situation

First Coast News will take a look at each position group on the Jaguars' roster on a daily basis over the next few weeks. Today's focus will be on the wide receiver position.

Previous Position Evaluations

- Quarterback

- Running Back

On The Roster

The Jaguars have six wide receivers signed to the roster prior to free agency. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Arrelious Benn and Jamal Robinson are all currently under contract. 

Robinson, Hurns and Lee may be the best trio of receivers in the league when all three are healthy. Unfortunately, that was a rare occurrence last season. Both Robinson and Hurns saw massive dips in their statistics after producing over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns each in 2015. Hurns received a long-term extensive last season and Robinson appears likely to grab a deal in the near future.

Lee, who was finally able to stay healthy for entire season, produced career highs in all categories and also served as the team's kick returner for the majority of the season. He could be in line for an extension as well.

Greene had a miserable campaign last season. He struggled with fumbles on punt returns and caught a handful of passes. He is in for a make-or-break offseason where he could potentially lose a roster spot.

Jamal Robinson was on-and-off the practice squad last season and was signed to a future/reserve contract in January.

The team re-signed Benn on Wednesday. Benn was among the best special teams players on the roster last season and scored a game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 6.

Coach Overview

The Jaguars hired former Jacksonville wide receiver Keenan McCardell to coach the position this season. He previously coached the University of Maryland wide receivers for two seasons. McCardell was able to help develop Minnesota Vikings' No. 1 wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the his final season at Maryland. 

McCardell will look to help Hurns, Robinson and Greene rebound from their underwhelming performances last season.

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Internal Business

Along with a possible extension for Allen Robinson, the Jaguars need to decide if they want to retain free agent Bryan Walters.

The veteran had to step up as the No. 3 wide receiver at times during the last two seasons. His catch efficiency made him a dependable target for Blake Bortles in the passing game. Walters is likely to get looks on the open market.

Shane Wynn and Tony Washington are both exclusive rights free agents and are likely to be back to compete for roster spots. The pair combined to be active for seven games and catch two receptions for a total of 28 yards.

Options in Free Agency

The Jaguars aren't likely to spend on outside talent at wide receiver in free agency. If Walters leaves for elsewhere, the team could be interested in signing a low-end veteran or two for depth. 

Eric Weems and Brandon Tate are both special teams standouts, which may add to their value for the Jaguars. Typically, players that function more as specialists cost little in free agency. Guys like Jeremy Kerley, Russell Shepard and Ted Ginn Jr. also offer special teams prowess.

Options in the Draft

If the Jaguars decide to add to the wide receiver position in the draft, the pick(s) will likely occur on Day 3. 

Prospects like Miami's Stacy Coley, California's Chad Hansen and Syracuse's Amba Etta-Tawo fall in line with that value. Those players will have to focus mostly on special teams as rookies and work their way up.

This is a deep wide receiver draft class and there could be a lot of talent that falls through the cracks like when Hurns did in 2014. Potential sleepers to keep an eye on are Washington State's Gabe Marks, Grambling's Chad Williams and Purdue's DeAngelo Yancy.

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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