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Ace Sanders | Wide Receiver

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 178
College: South Carolina
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Suspended WR Ace Sanders returned to the Jaguars on Sunday.
Sanders took a leave of absence after it was announced he'd be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the substance abuse policy. He missed the first three preseason games but might get some work in the finale. Once the season starts, Sanders can't practice with the team until Week 5. Aug 24 - 10:25 AM

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NFL suspended Jaguars WR Ace Sanders four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Sanders won't appeal the suspension, but expects to miss the majority of training camp as he tends to "personal issues." Without coming out and saying it, Sanders made multiple allusions to substance-abuse issues. "I’ve decided to go seek that help and get that attention," he said. "Counseling, anybody that can give me insight." Already no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart, Sanders has greatly jeopardized his role in the Jaguars' offense. Coming off an uninspiring rookie campaign, Sanders may not have a role when he returns.
Jul 22 - 6:51 PM

Jaguars placed WR Ace Sanders on the non-football illness list.

His stay there should be short lived. Sanders has a fairly firm grip on Jacksonville's No. 4 receiver job, but can't afford to miss a ton of time coming off a middling rookie season.
Jul 22 - 5:11 PM

The Jaguars' No. 4 receiver job is considered Ace Sanders' to lose.

Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are locked in as the top-three wideouts. Sanders shouldn't have much trouble beating out Mike Brown and Tandon Doss, but don't expect anything near last year's 51-484-1 line. The Jags won't be going four-wide very often as they try to ride Toby Gerhart and an improving defense to wins.
Jul 14 - 9:23 AM

The Florida Times Union hints Jaguars WRs Ace Sanders and Tandon Doss are competing for the same roster spot.

Both players are competing for return duties, in addition to the No. 5 or 6 receiver role. Doss spent minicamp nursing a minor injury, giving Sanders the current edge. But Sanders averaged just 5.6 yards per punt return as a rookie, while Doss finished fifth in the NFL with 359 punt-return yards and averaged 15.6 yards per for the Ravens. Sanders was the 101st pick in the 2013 draft.
Jun 24 - 11:10 AM

ESPN's Michael DiRocco would be "very surprised" if WR Ace Sanders doesn't make the Jaguars' final roster.

Sanders was pushed down the depth chart by the additions of Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, but is easily one of Jacksonville's top five receivers. Even if Justin Blackmon returns this season, Sanders should only have to hold off Mike Brown to keep his spot. Sanders may not see much time in three-wide sets with Cecil Shorts moving to the slot, but remains the favorite to handle punt returns.
Jun 14 - 6:49 PM

The Florida Times Union believes Jaguars second-year WR Ace Sanders could be on the roster bubble.

Sanders was the 101st overall pick in last April's draft. "5-foot-7 players who don't make guys miss don't have a ton of value," writes beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran. Sanders averaged just 9.5 YPR on 51 grabs as a rookie, breaking an anemic four tackles. He was the Jaguars' primary slot receiver and lined up in the backfield some. Jacksonville drafted Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee in the second round last month. They plan to use Cecil Shorts in the slot more this season, and that's Sanders' position.
Jun 8 - 10:51 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Thursday he hopes second-year WR Ace Sanders turns into a "Darren Sproles type."

Sanders showed well with 51 catches for 484 yards and a touchdown during his rookie campaign, flashing glimpses of the playmaking ability Caldwell is looking for. Sanders would have to become a bigger part of the Jags' offense and develop into a better red-zone threat to be on the re-draft radar. The latter is difficult to imagine because Sanders stands in at 5-foot-7, 173.
Feb 6 - 10:27 PM

Ace Sanders caught six balls for 50 yards in the Jaguars' Week 17 loss to the Colts.

A fourth-round rookie out of South Carolina, Sanders ends his first NFL season with 51 receptions for 484 yards and one touchdown, starting five games following Justin Blackmon's suspension and Cecil Shorts' year-ending groin tear. Sanders is a 5-foot-7, 178-pound jitterbug-type slot receiver with a better chance to be a real-life contributor for the Jaguars than a big-time fantasy asset down the road. Keep an eye on Sanders' development in his first full NFL offseason, but he likely won't be worth a fantasy re-draft pick in 2014.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Ace Sanders caught four passes for 20 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Titans.

Sanders was used all over the field, but was held in check by the Titans. Despite being mostly limited to slot duties and not playing on every snap, he's the Jaguars' No. 1 option in the passing game with Cecil Shorts sidelined. Sanders split playing time with Kerry Taylor in two-wide sets and was targeted five times by Chad Henne. Jacksonville will finish off their regular season against the Colts in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Ace Sanders caught two passes for 17 yards and one touchdown in Week 15 against the Bills.

Sanders was targeted just three times but secured his first career receiving touchdown. On the 12-yard score, Sanders caught a swing pass out to the left and danced past a couple defenders on his way to the end zone. The Jaguars want to utilize Sanders more, but he's just a WR4/5 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 07:19:00 PM

Ace Sanders caught three passes for 26 yards in Jacksonville's Week 14 win over the Texans, adding a 21-yard passing touchdown on a trick play.

Sanders also lined up in the backfield on a few snaps, rushing once for no gain. Sanders' touchdown probably should have been picked by Texans S D.J. Swearinger, but Jordan Todman managed to come down with a contested pass that Sanders threw across the entire field. Sanders has started flashing his play-making ability with greater regularity in recent weeks, but the Jags still don't seem entirely certain how to get him the ball. He drew only six targets this evening. He'll be a WR4/5 for PPR purposes in Week 15.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Coach Gus Bradley said the Jags are "incorporating more things to utilize Ace's strengths."

At 5'7/173, Sanders is not your typical No. 2 wideout. So the Jags have been installing plays to get him in mismatches, including lining him up in the backfield. Over the last three weeks, Sanders has caught 20 passes for 189 yards on 26 targets. Now clearly ahead of Mike Brown in terms of the gameplan (not snaps played), the rookie will be a PPR WR4 against the Texans on Thursday night.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:07:00 AM

Ace Sanders caught eight passes for 67 yards in Week 13 against Cleveland.

Sanders and Cecil Shorts each saw a team-high 11 targets, but Sanders led the team in receptions in yards. He was used a lot out of the backfield on flare-out routes and in the slot on short crossing plays. He picked up multiple first downs with big third-down catches and is starting to come into his own a bit. Sanders has some WR4 appeal in PPR leagues. He's gone over 60 yards receiving in three straight games. Sanders and the Jags host Houston on Thursday night.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Ace Sanders caught four passes for 61 yards in Jacksonville's Week 12 win over the Texans.

The 61 yards matched Sanders' Week 11 total, but he struggled to make a mark on the game after catching two passes for 53 yards on Jacksonville's opening drive. Sanders drew just five targets. Even if Mike Brown isn't ready to return for next week's game against the Browns, Sanders will be a low-end WR4 for PPR purposes.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Chad Henne
2Blake Bortles
RB1Toby Gerhart
2Denard Robinson
3Jordan Todman
4Storm Johnson
GLB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
3RB1Toby Gerhart
2Jordan Todman
FB1Will Ta'ufo'ou
WR11Cecil Shorts
2Allen Hurns
3Mike Brown
WR21Marqise Lee
2Allen Robinson
3Tavarres King
4Ace Sanders
WR31Allen Hurns
TE1Clay Harbor
2Mickey Shuler
3Marcel Jensen
4Marcedes Lewis
K1Josh Scobee