RTC: Jaguars need help at receiver

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One of the biggest reasons for the Jaguars' lack of offense in their 28-2 loss to Kansas City last Sunday was a lack of playmakers in the passing game.

But maybe we should have seen that coming since the team was without receiver Justin Blackmon (four-game suspension) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf). That meant receiver Cecil Shorts had to carry the load, supplemented by a rookie (Ace Sanders), a former quarterback turned receiver in his first year (Mike Brown), and a player (Stephen Burton) claimed off waivers on Sept. 1 who went down with heat issues during last Wednesday's practice.

As Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union notes, that group had a combined seven career catches.

Oh, and the guy subbing for Lewis was Allen Reisner, a second-year tight end who entered the game with just two career catches.

That makes the passing offense's struggles a little more understandable.

Here are some other pieces of content from around the web in the Jaguars' version of Reading the Coverage:

Let's start with a recap of what you can find on this blog. Here's a scouting report on the Raiders and a quick recap of the Jaguars' spot in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings. Each week I'm going to rank the top 10 playmakers from the previous game. It wasn't easy after the dismal performance in the loss to Kansas City, but I did find 10.

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran tracks safety Johnathan Cyprien's workload in his weekly Inside the Game feature.

John Oehser of Jaguars.com gives his storylines to watch and other tidbits about Sunday's game at Oakland.

ESPN fantasy football writer Tom Carpenter gives his short- and long-term expectations for Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. He looks like an excellent play against the Jaguars, Carpenter writes.

NFL Nation Raiders writer Paul Gutierrez writes about cornerback D.J. Hayden. The Raiders' top draft pick had a rocky beginning to his career last Sunday. He allowed three completions for 37 yards -- all of which came on third down.