Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Jaguars WR Dawkins Sees Super Bowl Potential

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Jaguars WR Dawkins Sees Super Bowl Potential

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

Most observers look at this year's version of the Jaguars and see question marks. Sean Dawkins sees a Super Bowl contender.

That supposed championship potential is what convinced the 30-year-old wide receiver to sign with Jacksonville last month, even though the Jaguars couldn't offer Dawkins much money or a starting job, and at least three other NFL teams were pursuing him.

"I see a very talented team in the Jaguars, a young team that has a chance to do some big things this year, and I wanted to be part of that," Dawkins said yesterday after taking part in ongoing voluntary workouts at Ferrell Fields. "I wanted to be part of a potential Super Bowl team."

Dawkins, released by Seattle in March before signing a one-year, $500,000 contract with Jacksonville in late May, isn't exactly part of a nationwide chorus calling the salary cap-strapped Jaguars a Super Bowl contender.

The Jaguars were 7-9 last season, and analysts see a lack of depth, holes on defense, questions along the offensive line and the potential absence of Jimmy Smith as potential stumbling blocks this season.

Those analysts would be wrong, Dawkins insists.

"A lot of analysts talk, but the people who really know are the players in the NFL," Dawkins said. "They know which teams are good and which teams aren't. I can tell you a lot of players in this league think the Jaguars have a good chance of getting to the playoffs and making some things happen."

Dawkins' size (6-feet-4, 218 pounds) will be especially useful inside the 20-yard line -- a notorious trouble spot for the Jaguars last season.

Coach Tom Coughlin bases his high expectations on Dawkins' performance the past two seasons, when he was the Seahawks' primary target inside the 20 and caught a combined 12 touchdowns. …

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