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Gary Horton looks at 10 rookie receivers coming into the best situations, and four of them are from the AFC South:
On Justin Blackmon: “Blackmon is Jacksonville's most talented receiver, but if he doesn't clean up his act off the field, it won't matter. This has been the worst receiving corps in the NFL for years, although the addition of free agent Laurent Robinson to the team with Blackmon gives the Jaguars two quality outside targets. ...Blackmon is a scoring machine, makes a lot of circus catches and can get deep.”
On Kendall Wright: “Wright has an underrated burst and is good at gaining yards after the catch. However, (Kenny) Britt continues to struggle with knee troubles. If he isn't ready to go at the beginning of the season, it will likely push Wright into a No. 2 role instead of just contributing in multireceiver sets. As a complementary receiver, he will get a lot of favorable matchups; as a starter, he would attract a lot more attention.”
On T.Y. Hilton: “QB Andrew Luck will throw a lot to his tight ends, and this passing offense doesn't have the personnel to create a lot of explosive plays outside of Hilton. He has a great role model in veteran WR Reggie Wayne, who is no longer a deep threat, so Hilton has a chance for early production if he learns the playbook and Luck trusts him.”
On DeVier Posey: “Posey has outside speed and can take the top off the defense, but the best he will be is a No. 3 wide receiver in this offense. If he progresses quickly, Kevin Walter can work out of the slot and concentrate on short/intermediate routes while Posey hopefully takes some multiple coverages away from their star, Andre Johnson.”
Between the draft and free agency, we’ve got nine new receivers in the division. Quarterbacks will have a lot of new options to get to know during camps.