We will always remember names on this Jaguars team; such as Jalen Ramsey, Calais Campbell, and Telvin Smith, and many more.
It may seem like the Jaguars haven’t had a team like this in a long time. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Jaguars haven’t had hidden gems or talented guys on its roster during the dark seasons. It’s about time that these players get their day in the sun.
Here are 10 Jaguars you completely forgot about that still managed to make an impact.
RB/WR/KR Denard Robinson
The former college quarterback out of Michigan was picked up by the Jaguars in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL draft as an offensive weapon. It would later be known that Robinson was going to be playing running back for the Jaguars, he sat most of rookie season behind Toby Gerhart.
The 2014 season was when things picked up for “shoelace”. In Week 4, Robinson made his first NFL start against the San Diego Chargers and had a quiet game, only rushing nine times for 22 yards. Everything seemed to picked up in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns, where he had 22 attempts for 127 yards. The next week against the Miami Dolphins, he had another 100 yard game. He followed that up with 94 yard game the following week against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, due to some injuries Robinson was never able to get that swagger back.
RB Rashad Jennings
Rashad Jennings was drafted by the Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, while playing in limited snaps, he was able to bust out 39 rushes for 202 yards and 1 touchdown. Things looked good for Jennings’ future.
In the 2010 season, he’d more than double his carries and yards getting 84 carries for 459 yards along with 4 touchdowns. He would also have over 250 receiving yards.
Jennings would put up these stats despite playing in two less games than he did the year before.
However, during the 2011 season he would suffer a concussion in the Jaguars first preseason game and two weeks later he’d sustain a knee injury that forced the jaguars to put him on the IR. He would not be signed back after the 2012 season.
OT Eugene Monroe
The Jaguars drafted Monroe eighth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft and he held down the offensive tackle position for the Jaguars for four years until an unexpected trade to Baltimore ended his stint in Jacksonville.
Monroe proved to be one of the better first round selections the Jaguars ever made. Sadly, it is more often than not overlooked.
WR Jason Hill
The Jaguars wide receivers from 2009-2012 are full of guys that many don’t remember, but are really fun to talk about. Jason Hill is one of those guys.
The man out of Washington state was picked up by the Jaguars in the 2010 season and would only be on the roster until the 2012 off-season. Hill only played a total of 16 games while wearing the black and teal. Hill racked up 36 catches for 615 yards and four touchdowns in those 16 total games.
The impressive thing about Hill was his deep ball ability, he averaged a whooping 22.5 yards per catch in 2010.
LB Russell Allen
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The Jaguars linebacking core has always been one of the stronger suits of the team. even in the dark years and Russell Allen was one of the most consistent players during his time with the Jaguars.
He went undrafted during the 2009 draft but still managed to get a starting job, starting as the weak side linebacker.
His first full season as a starter was in 2012 in which he produced 107 tackles. Unfortunately, Allen was forced to retire after suffering a stroke in a game against the Buffalo Bills during the 2013 season.
CB Derek Cox
Derek Cox was the Jaguars shut-down guy before Ramsey and Bouye were even a thought. Cox was selected by the Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft in the third round despite not being invited to the NFL Combine.
In Cox’s first game ever, he picked off future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, as well as recovering a fumble in that same game. He ended his rookie season with a total of four interceptions.
The next season in 2010, Cox registered another four interceptions. In 2011, he suffered an injury that kept him out during the second half of the 2011 season. Cox came back strong in 2012 registering another 4 interceptions. After that season, Cox became a free agent and signed with the Chargers.
DE Jeremy Mincey
Jeremy Mincey was one of the only true pass rushers for the Jaguars in the dark years. Mincey was off and on the active roster. Finally in 2007, he was able to play six games in the 2007 season, including two playoff games where he notched 12 tackles and a sack.
Mincey would stay on top the Jaguars defensive line years after registering a career high 8 sacks in the 2011 season. He would then be let go after the 2012 season.
WR/TE Ernest Wilford
Wilford was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, Wilford notched 19 receptions for 271 yards.
During the 2005 season he improved his number tremendously gaining a career high 681 yards and 7 touchdowns. The following two years, he’d notch over 500 yards and 5 combined touchdowns. Wilford is now a police officer in Jacksonville.
WR/PR Mike Thomas
The “Duval Miracle”, Thomas caught a Hail Mary pass that had been tipped by Houston Texans Safety Glover Quin to defeat the Texans at end of regulation. Sadly, that’s about all he’s known for.
2010 was his best statistical season as he gained 820 yards and 4 touchdowns, as well as a punt return touchdown.
WR Mike Sims-Walker
At one point, Sims-Walker was supposed to be the next big wide receiver for the Jaguars. He was drafted in the third round by the Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Sims-Walker was unable to play his rookie season due to a knee injury he suffered in the pre-season. He didn’t have much to write home about in his first full season in 2008, notching 212 yards and no touchdowns.
However, his break out year would come the next season in 2009 where he led the Jaguars in receptions and yards, reeling in 63 catches for 869 yards and 7 touchdowns.
In 2010, Sims-Walker would have another solid season notching 562 yards on 43 receptions with seven touchdowns. During the 2011 season, Sims-Walker would suffer a knee injury in Week 6 of the regular season against the Houston Texans that would place him on the injured reserve. He was then unfortunately let go at the beginning of the 2012 season.