Brunell, Smith, McCardell impressed by young Jaguars

More than 50 former Jaguars were welcomed back to EverBank field for their annual homecoming game. Of that group there may not be a more popular trio than Mark Brunell, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith. They all say that the Jaguars young trio of Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns is going to be a force to be reckon with for many years to come.

“Blake is a young quarterback and has a couple of really good young receivers and a good running back,” said former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell. “I’m excited because the sky is the limit for this group. They’re some good football players that are only going to get better.”

Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith are easily the most productive wide receivers in the history of the Jaguars. In the late 90s and early 2000s the duo earned the nickname Thunder and Lightning.

The 2015 version of the Jaguars has their own dynamic receiving duo. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are on the verge of rewriting the Jaguars record books.

“I love them,” said Smith who is the Jaguars all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. “When I see them I see a second coming of thunder and lightning.”

McCardell was known for being fearless in the pursuit of catches in the middle of the field and he’s also impressed by what he’s seen from the Allen Brothers.

“They play hard and they play physical and they want the ball all the time,” said McCardell. “That’s the sign of a great receiving core.”

With two games left to play Hurns needs 93 yards to join Robinson with over 1,000 yards on the season. It would give the jaguars their first pair of 1,000 yard receivers since Smith and McCardell did it back in 2001.