Jaguars receivers coach Keenan McCardell said it’s great to have group of receivers that can be counted on; but, having an elite receiver would make things easier.

(Editor's Note: This is the third of a nine-part series previewing the Jaguars and their talent at each position. Today: the team’s wide receivers.)

Unlike most NFL teams, the Jaguars don’t have a true No. 1 wide receiver on their roster.

But they hope Donte Moncrief, Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and rookie DJ Chark will give them the same type of playmaking typically expected from a No. 1 receiver.

It worked last season after No. 1 receiver Allen Robinson suffered a season-ending left ACL tear just three plays into the season opener at Houston.

Without Robinson, Cole and Lee became playmakers, along with Westbrook, once he returned in November from undergoing core muscle surgery.

The Jaguars signed Moncrief in March after they declined to apply the one year, $15.982 million franchise tag on Robinson before he agreed to a three-year, $42 million free agent deal with the Chicago Bears.

The Jaguars also released Allen Hurns to save $7 million in cap space. Hurns, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys, missed six games last season with a high ankle sprain.

Receivers coach Keenan McCardell said it’s great to have group of receivers that can be counted on, but having an elite receiver still would make things easier.

"I like it because everybody stays sharp and involved," McCardell said. "Don’t get me wrong, to have an Antonio Brown, a Julio Jones or somebody like that, it makes it probably a lot easier for (offensive coordinator) Nate (Hackett) as a play caller. I tell guys that we are developing those type of guys."

If the offseason program was any indication, Moncrief could be a dependable target for quarterback Blake Bortles to throw to downfield.

Moncrief looked to be the most impressive among the receivers during the organized team activity workouts and during last month’s mandatory minicamp as he consistently got separation on cornerbacks to make catches.

Moncrief is gambling on himself after signing a one-year, $9.6 million deal to prove he can be productive enough to earn a long-term contract after coming off two injury-prone seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

"Now I’m finally healthy and I know what I’ve got in me," Moncrief said. "As long as we’re running the ball good, it will be easy to get the ball. Safeties can’t be back too far because of Fournette."

Cole and Westbrook made a significant impact in 2017, especially late in the season. Cole, who was undrafted out of Kentucky Wesleyan, caught 42 passes for 748 yards. His 17.8 yards per catch led the team.

Westbrook caught 27 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown during the final seven regular-season games.

"You look at Westbrook and he’s got very good speed and is a very tough one-on-one cover,” Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said in a conference call last December. “You look at Cole and you see a guy that’s a very good tactical route runner."

Lee is expected to emerge as the leader of receiving corps. Last season, he led the Jaguars in catches with 56 for 702 yards and three touchdowns.

Though Lee had surgery on his left knee to repair a meniscus problem during the offseason, he performed well during OTAs and minicamp.

Beyond Lee, the Jaguars expect Chark, a second-round pick out of LSU, to become a vertical threat they need on the outside.

The Jaguars are likely to keep up to six receivers on their Week 1 53-man roster.

The final spot could come down to a selection between Rashad Greene or Jaydon Mickens. Green had a strong offseason after missing all of 2017 because of a back injury. Mickens was a superb contributor on special teams as a punt returner last season.

"I am knocking on wood that he (Greene) stays healthy because I feel like he’s a guy who has a lot of experience that is able to make plays and has made plays in this league before [and] can help us out," McCardell said. "I told him this: ‘You all start at the same starting line and you have to go out and show everybody that you can help this team. Each year is a new year. This was a fresh start for him."