Ernest Wilford Is Back: Jags Aim to Solve Red Zone Problems

Tim HigginsCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Ernest Wilford #19 of the Jacksonville Jaguars catches a pass prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 9, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Probably the least dissapoitning of the Jags wide reciever picks would be Ernest Wilford.  The former Jag has returned to fill a position that the Jags don't have any more: A end zone wide reciever.

Maybe because of the offensive failures to capitalize in the red zone, the Jaguars signed Wilford today to a new contract.  The ex-Miami Dolphin played well against the Jaguars scoring the game's only touchdown. 

Although he is now listed as a tight end, I see Wilford switching back to wide reciever, and getting a good chance to catch balls such as the one that Tiqaun Underwood dropped on the two-point conversion.

The move brings more competition to the Jags wideout position.  Five or at max six will make the team and maybe two or three will make the practice squad.

The Jags will keep Williamson, Walker, and Holt.  I would think if Wilford does well in the final two preseason games then he would be on the team mainly for end zone purposes.  Nate Hughes has contributed well and played solidly so he will make it as well leaving one wide reciever position open. 

Now the rookies are really battling for a spot.

And Underwood and Dillard haven't played stellar so one would think that Mike Thomas would snatch this positon.  However, Thomas has been injured and no one really knows how he'll play.

In the final two weeks of the preseason, the rookie battle will be one to watch.