Prior to the start of last season, the Jaguars traded up in the first round to nab Blaine Gabbert in hopes that he would be the franchise quarterback they've been trying to find since busting on Byron Leftwich. To say that Gabbert struggled last season would be a vast understatement. He was a step above dreadful.
Gabbert might just not pan out as an effective NFL quarterback, but let's be honest, he was throwing to an inferior receiving corps. The Jags, for years now, have had one of the worst groups of wide receivers in the league, so that was an area in desperate need of an overhaul.
It came as little surprise that Jaguars' General Manager Gene Smith addressed this position early and often.
Shortly after the free agency period opened, the Jags signed former Dallas Cowboy receiver Laurent Robinson to a contract. Robinson had a very productive season for the Cowboys in 2011, hauling in 54 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Later in free agency they added former first-round pick and Baltimore Ravens receiver Lee Evans to the mix. He may just be a training camp body they're taking a flier on, but his track record could make for an interesting evaluation; either way he's a fairly inexpensive gamble.
Then on draft night, the Jaguars move up in the first round to select Oklahoma St wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He was the top receiver in the draft on the majority of scouting sites, so the Jags feel they got a legit weapon in the passing game.
The addition of these players can only improve a Jacksonville passing attack that ranked dead last in the NFL in 2011.