Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie expectations for the 2020 season

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Daniel Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie safety Daniel Thomas (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Fifth-Round Pick Expectations

Daniel Thomas, S

2020 expectation: Impact special teams contributor

Daniel Thomas is an uber-athletic safety that could have flashed this pre-season if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, he won’t get that chance to showcase what he could bring to the defense in 2020 and will likely spend his first season in Duval as a core special-teamer.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. Fellow safety Andrew Wingard became a fan favorite in Jacksonville after his strong play on the unit in 2019 and I believe Thomas has the ability to do the same. He is a physical player that runs with a hot motor and could provide some splash plays as a rookie.

Collin Johnson, WR

2020 expectation: WR6, red-zone weapon

The Jacksonville Jaguars clearly made it a point to come away with some playmakers at the receiver position after the selections of Laviska Shenault in the first-round and Collin Johnson in the fifth. While we know Shenault will be in line to make an immediate impact with the team, Johnson won’t have as clear-cut of a role right away.

As things currently stand, Johnson is slated to be the sixth receiver on the depth chart behind D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, Shenault, and Keelan Cole. That’s not to say he won’t get opportunities though. Johnson is a huge target and would provide the Jaguars with a red-zone target that they have been missing since the departure of Allen Robinson.

I don’t expect him to get many targets as a rookie but he will have some chances to make big plays.