In today's Florida Times-Union, Vito Stellino has a story about wide receiver Troy Williamson and his future with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While Stellino said that Williamson has shined in OTAs so far, he also pointed out the Jaguars went out and picked up a number of wide receivers this offseason.
Torry Holt was signed in free agency, while Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood were all taken in the draft.
Right now, Jacksonville has 11 receivers on the roster. While Todd Peterson, Nate Hughes, Maurice Dupree, and Jason English probably won't be around when the season starts, there are some proven receivers on the roster who will be fighting with Williamson for a spot on the team.
In addition to Holt, Thomas, Dillard, and Underwood, Dennis Northcutt and Mike Walker will be jockeying for position.
It's safe to assume that Holt and Northcutt are safe. Unlike Jerry Porter and Williamson, Holt is a proven talent and a consummate professional who will probably be the No. 1 receiver.
Although Northcutt has a propensity to drop passes, he has been consistent with his production in his two years with Jacksonville (88 receptions, 1,146 yards, six touchdowns in the past two seasons).
Assuming that Holt and Northcutt aren't going anywhere, that likely leaves three roster spots left for wide receivers. The Jaguars could very well keep six WRs on the team, but for the sake of argument (and to make this article more interesting), let's assume that the team only keeps five.
That leaves the three rookies, Walker and Williamson battling for three remaining roster spots.
While Williamson has looked good in the early going, so have Walker and Dillard. If I had to pick three of the five to stay with the team, I think it would be Dillard, Thomas and Walker, leaving Underwood and Williamson as the odd men out.
Even though Williamson has the most NFL experience of the remaining five, he has also failed to live up to some very lofty expectations. He ran a 4.32 at the combine, and people fell in love with that number.
The Vikings took him with the No. 7 overall pick, ahead of guys like Antrel Rolle, DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman.
So far, Williamson's NFL career has been a comedy of errors. He has never caught more than 37 passes in a season and only has four career touchdowns in four seasons.
He was supposed to be a deep threat, but he has only averaged 13.1 yards per reception during his NFL career.
As bad as his years in Minnesota were, his time in Jacksonville was even more pathetic. The team traded a sixth-round draft pick to get Williamson in 2007.
The return on Jacksonville's investment: five catches, 30 yards, one touchdown. Not exactly what they were hoping for.
With an exciting crop of young receivers, coupled with some wily veterans, there's just no room for an underachieving speedster on the roster. Expect the Jaguars to cut their losses and turn Williamson loose.
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