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Blake Bortles attempted just three passes of more than 15 yards in Sunday's loss at San Diego.

Bortles was in a tough spot for his first NFL start, so OC Jeff Fisch kept it simple. The No. 3 overall pick was asked to execute a ton of screens, hitches and short passes off bootlegs, which led to a strong 29-of-37 completion rate. But that's not really Bortles' game, as he's an aggressive downfield thrower and playmaker. Expect the chains to be taken off a bit in Week 5, when the Jags have a plus home matchup against a bad and banged up Steelers defense. Bortles will be a fine QB2 with a high floor thanks to his running ability.
Sep 30 - 9:21 AM

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) "could" resume running this week, and has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Lee's health has taken on increased importance with Cecil Shorts again batting a hamstring issue of his own. Lee would slot in as the No. 3 receiver behind Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson were he ready for Week 5, but we'd guess he's still at least a week away.
Sep 29 - 3:11 PM

Cecil Shorts (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 5.

This is getting ridiculous. At some point, the Jaguars are going to have to consider either a multi-week absence or injured reserve as they try to sort out their young and muddled receiver corps for rookie QB Blake Bortles. Shorts isn't a must-hold in 12-team re-draft leagues.
Sep 29 - 3:06 PM

Jaguars WR Ace Sanders' four-game suspension is over.

Sanders needs to be ready to hit the ground running as both Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts are sidelined by hamstring injuries. The 5'7/178 jitterbug projects as a complement to starters Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson.
Sep 29 - 9:16 AM

Denard Robinson out-snapped Toby Gerhart 36-21 in Sunday's loss at San Diego.

Gerhart hasn't necessarily been demoted, but this backfield is devolving into a timeshare. Robinson ended up with 12 touches (nine carries, three catches) while Gerhart got 11 (10 carries, one catch). The Florida Times Union expects D-Rob to continue to play a regular role against the Steelers next week. Both Jaguars backs will be shaky flex plays while fighting through poor blocking.
Sep 29 - 9:11 AM

Jaguars CB Dwayne Gratz has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Gratz was immobilized after a scary collision with Keenan Allen, but was able to walk off the field with a little help from trainers. He was replaced by Demetrius McCray.
Sep 29 - 9:06 AM

Cecil Shorts latest hamstring pull is an aggravation of the one that caused him to miss the first two games of the regular season.

Shorts pulled his troublesome left hamstring against the Chargers and is headed for an MRI Monday. Expect an extended absence, leaving Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson as the Jags' primary wideouts. Note that Shorts also battled a calf injury and a right hamstring pull since June, giving him Miles Austin status when it comes to soft-tissue injuries.
Sep 29 - 9:03 AM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley insisted after Sunday's loss to San Diego that Toby Gerhart has not been demoted.

"No, no, no, no," Bradley said. "Just trying and utilizing everybody’s strengths." Gerhart saw fewer touches than Denard Robinson, and appeared to play fewer snaps. A lost fumble on Jacksonville's first play from scrimmage didn't help Gerhart. He's just a flex option entering a Week 5 date with Pittsburgh.
Sep 28 - 8:19 PM

Denard Robinson managed 25 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for 27 yards in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

We didn't log snaps, but Robinson appeared to play as many or more than Toby Gerhart, and not just because Gerhart lost a fumble on his first carry of the game. The Jaguars' backfield has devolved into an even timeshare between Gerhart and Robinson. Still, Robinson's lack of efficiency isn't going to earn him more playing time going forward. He's averaging 3.30 YPC on the season. Gerhart is the superior between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is theoretically more explosive, but is dependent on being schemed into space. He'll be an RB3/4 entering the Jaguars' Week 5 meeting with Pittsburgh.
Sep 28 - 7:41 PM

Jaguars TE Clay Harbor caught 8-of-8 targets for 69 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to San Diego.

Harbor operated as the Jaguars' primary pass-catching tight end and will fill that role with Marcedes Lewis (high ankle sprain) shelved until Week 11. An average athlete with sure hands, Harbor missed the Jaguars' first three games due to a preseason injury. He is a mid-range to low-end TE2 entering a Week 5 meeting with Pittsburgh.
Sep 28 - 7:37 PM

Jordan Todman rushed once for four yards and caught two passes for 20 yards in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.

The Jaguars give Todman blitz-pickup opportunities, but don't make much attempt to get him the football when he's in. He is the No. 3 tailback behind Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson.
Sep 28 - 7:35 PM

Allen Hurns secured 5-of-6 targets for 68 yards in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.

Undrafted rookie Hurns got wide open against the Chargers' secondary for a first-half gain of 44 yards. There was nobody even in his area, but Hurns fell down and could not quite crawl into the end zone. So Toby Gerhart executed the goal-line score a few plays later. Due to Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts' hamstring injuries, the arrow is pointing up on Hurns' playing time and usage. Through four games, he's on pace for 48 catches, 1,016 yards, and 12 touchdowns. There's an obvious regression alert on his yardage and scores. Hurns will be a dicey WR3 when the Jaguars take on the Steelers' weak defense in Week 5.
Sep 28 - 7:30 PM

Toby Gerhart rushed for 32 yards and a touchdown on ten carries in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego, adding an eight-yard reception.

One week after the Jaguars spoke openly of reducing Gerhart's carries in favor of Denard Robinson, they made good on their word. Robinson handled nine carries to Toby's ten. Gerhart busted a 10-yard gain on Jacksonville's first play from scrimmage, but lost a fumble at the end of it and was rotated in and out with Robinson the rest of the way. Gerhart did save his fantasy game with a goal-line plunge, but the Jaguars' backfield is officially an RBBC. Gerhart also got stuffed on a critical fourth-and-one run in the fourth quarter. Through four games, fantasy disappointment Gerhart is on pace for 456 rushing yards, four TDs, and 28 receptions. He'll be a flex option in Week 5 against the Steelers.
Sep 28 - 7:26 PM

Allen Robinson caught 5-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

Robinson had done most of his damage to this point in garbage time of blowout losses. The Jaguars continued to send him on high-percentage bubble screens Sunday, but he never got behind San Diego's defense for a long gain. Robinson is a highly athletic, intriguing prospect, but doesn't appear quite ready for prime time. He'll remain a dice-roll WR3 when the Jaguars take on the Steelers in Week 5. Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee's lingering hamstring woes are working in Robinson's favor in terms of playing time and targets. He has 192 receiving yards over his last three games.
Sep 28 - 7:21 PM

Blake Bortles completed 29-of-37 passes for 253 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Jaguars' Week 4 loss to San Diego.

He added 24 yards on five scrambles. Although Bortles' playmaking ability was evident throughout Sunday's game, he dealt with too much pressure allowed by Jacksonville's offensive line and did not have the benefit of a consistent running game. The Jaguars are asking Bortles to shoulder the load for their offense, which is obviously a lot for a 22-year-old rookie. It is worth noting that OC Jedd Fisch is dialing up a lot of designed runs for Bortles. Consider Bortles an upside two-quarterback-league option when the Jags take on a weak Steelers defense next. Through six quarters, Bortles is 43-of-61 passing (70.5 percent) for 476 yards (7.80 YPA), and a 3:4 TD-to-INT ratio with four sacks taken. He's added 54 rushing yards.
Sep 28 - 7:17 PM


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