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The Jacksonville Jaguars added free agent wide receiver Jerry Porter from Oakland (six years, $30 million) and traded their 6th round Draft pick (this year) for former Minnesota Vikings wideout Troy Williamson today in an attempt to boost their passing game. Half of the equation will work.
While I like the addition of Jerry Porter — he’ll quickly become the Jags’ number one receiving option — I really don’t like what Troy Williamson brings to the team. He proved to be a first-round (7th overall selection in 2005) bust after three years in Minnesota. The Vikings drafted him hoping his elite speed would make up for their loss of Randy Moss, but he simply couldn’t hang on to the football a lot of the time. Even after an offseason of specialized work (and from what I hear, a lot of it), Troy couldn’t pull it together with only 18 catches for 240 yards in ’07. The straw that finally broke the camel’s back was in the Vikes’ final regular season game at Denver when Troy had slipped some 20 yards behind the Broncos defensive secondary and dropped a simple catch from QB Tarvaris Jackson that would’ve resulted in an easy touchdown. The Vikings lost the game and missed the playoffs. Jacksonville would’ve done better to avoid Troy and select a wide receiver with their 6th round pick.
Jerry Porter brings veteran leadership to the Jags and should have a number of years left in his career. He’s only 29-years-old despite having been in the league eight seasons already. Amidst revolving quarterbacks last season in Oakland, he managed a respectable 44 catches and six touchdowns. The Jags have suffered through several years of not really having a “go-to” wide receiver (not since the great Jimmy Smith). With Jerry Porter they get that plus enough speed to stretch the field.