Jacksonville’s depth chart at wide receiver remains a volatile situation entering Week 3. Here’s the latest on that situation and other wideouts around the league.
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders
Probable – Back
Edelman was limited in practice this week with some sort of back issue, but his Probable designation is a strong indicator he will play. Tom Brady’s favorite target, Edelman is a solid WR2 option with the upside for WR1 production if the Raiders’ defense continues to struggle and Brady decides to air it out.
Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
Probable – Ankle; Probable – Hamstring
Hurns turned his ankle last week and while he missed some practice time, he’s listed as Probable to face the Colts. Lee has already been ruled Out because of a hamstring injury, the same type of injury that has prevented Shorts from getting on the field this season. That it is until today, as it appears Shorts will finally make his season debut as he’s listed as Probable and indications are he will start. Shorts was the Jaguars’ top wide receiver last season and he should reclaim that role fairly quickly. Since a huge first quarter in the opener, Hurns has been very quiet. It’s risky trusting either, but I have more confidence in Shorts, who at worst should be a reliable WR3/flex option.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints
Probable – Chest
Patterson is dealing with a chest injury similar to what he had last season. The good news is this injury didn’t cause him to miss a game in 2013, and that’s the expectation for this week too, as he’s listed as Probable. Patterson was a popular breakout candidate entering this season and delivered on that promise with 102 yards rushing in the opener, but he’s yet to have much impact as a wide receiver. Hopefully that will change starting this week now that the Vikings will have to do without running back Adrian Peterson for the foreseeable future. Patterson is a safe, every-week WR2 with the upside to enter WR1 territory.
T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem Nicks, WRs, Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Probable – Groin; Questionable – Illness
Hilton is on the injury report with a groin issue, but he’s listed as Probable so there’s little doubt he won’t play. Nicks is listed as Questionable, as illness caused him to miss some practice time, but unless it’s something serious, he should be out there too. Reggie Wayne has regained his status as Andrew Luck’s favorite target, but there’s plenty of room for Hilton and Nicks to produce. Hilton’s role seems to be a little more defined right now, so for this week he is the safer WR3/flex option.