Player News - Jaguars

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Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs suffered a "hairline" fracture in his left hand on May 2 and will be in a cast for at least another week.

Jacobs is probably done at OTAs and will be limited to "mental reps." He should be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Jacobs played 95 snaps last season as a second-year UDFA, blocking on 82 of those snaps.
May 29 - 10:38 AM

Jaguars DE Ryan Davis will see some snaps at linebacker this season.

Davis will play the "Lotto" role, which means he will spend part of his time at "Leo" weakside defensive end and the other part at "Otto" strongside linebacker. The linebacker role means Davis will have to drop into coverage, which is something he was rarely asked to do as a pure defensive end. After playing just 245 defensive snaps last season, this switch may help him find the field more.
May 28 - 9:02 AM

Blake Bortles said he and Julius Thomas met "multiple times" to watch film and develop chemistry this offseason.

Bortles said the duo met to "talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together." Thomas looked to be developing chemistry with Bortles in last year's offseason program, but a broken hand cost him most of training camp and Weeks 1-4. Thomas struggled to integrate himself into the offense once returning, and it seems like he and Bortles want to prevent that from happening again. Even with the passing offense as a whole set to regress, Thomas could see a statistical bump this season.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 4:00 PM

Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (torn triceps) expects to be ready for training camp.

Now 29, Marks missed the first five games of last season as he recovered from a torn ACL. He then tore his triceps in his fourth game back. If he can get healthy, Marks will likely contribute as a situational pass rusher for Jacksonville's suddenly-deep front seven.
Source: jaguars.com
May 26 - 11:30 PM

Jaguars RT Jermey Parnell suffered a non-displaced fracture in his hand during Monday's OTA practice.

The injury is not considered serious, and Parnell is expected to continue participating in individual drills throughout OTAs. He should be 100 percent by training camp. After inking a five-year, $32 million deal last offseason, Parnell excelled as a run blocker but struggled as a pass protector in his first year with Jacksonville. He was PFF's No. 36 tackle out of 76 qualifiers.
May 24 - 12:07 PM

No. 5 overall pick CB Jalen Ramsey is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

Considering timelines of 4-6 months were floated right after the injury was reported, six weeks might be the best possible outcome. Ramsey will miss the entire offseason program, but he should be ready to go for training camp. The Jaguars, who lost No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler to a torn ACL last May, can let out a huge sigh of relief.
May 24 - 11:50 AM

Jaguars OL Luke Joeckel said he plans on "competing" for the left tackle job.

The Jaguars made it fairly clear they are ready to move on from Joeckel after not picking up his fifth-year option and signing Kelvin Beachum, but he is not going to accept his fate lying down. "I’m going in planning on winning the job," Joeckel said. "It all comes down to my play and I know that." Despite the offseason confidence, it would be a surprise if Joeckel opened the season at left tackle.
May 24 - 9:49 AM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell told the MMQB's Peter King he expects No. 5 overall pick CB Jalen Ramsey (meniscus) to "play a lot of football for us this year."

Ramsey was diagnosed with a torn meniscus after complaining of soreness in his knee last week. The Jaguars do not seem to think the injury will sideline him into the regular season, but he is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion this week. It was reported Ramsey underwent microfracture surgery on the same knee in high school, but the Jaguars denied that report.
Source: MMQB
May 23 - 8:40 PM

Jaguars RE Dante Fowler (ACL) has been a near-full participant at OTAs.

The Jags are "managing" Fowler's reps, but he's taking part in team drills and looking good. "I can turn it loose," stated Fowler, who tore his ACL at rookie minicamp last year. "You see his explosiveness and his skill set," added coach Gus Bradley. "He’s really done a good job." Fowler should get every opportunity to take over as the Jags' "Leo" pass rusher this season.
May 23 - 4:39 PM

Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel "took a few snaps at guard" in Monday's OTAs session.

It's not surprising for the Jags' swing tackle, as left guard might be his most likely path to playing time in 2016. The Jags have waved numerous white flags on the No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft. It might not even be a guarantee that he cracks the 53-man roster, though he likely still will. Joeckel doesn't have a nasty disposition, but has always been a better run blocker than pass blocker. Perhaps he'd show improvement on the interior.
May 23 - 1:19 PM

Jaguars placed C/G Luke Bowanko (hip) on active/PUP.

Bowanko is recovering from offseason hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. He made 14 starts as a 2014 rookie but was relegated to backup duties in 2015.
May 23 - 11:53 AM

Jaguars seventh-round DE Jonathan Woodard suffered a torn Achilles' and will miss the 2016 season.

He suffered the injury two weeks ago at rookie camp. The 226th overall pick out of Central Arkansas was no lock to make the team, but the Jaguars simply can't catch a break with rookie injuries. Woodard will be sent to I.R.
May 23 - 11:44 AM

Jaguars signed No. 5 overall pick CB Jalen Ramsey to a four-year, $23.35 million contract.

The contract includes $15.18 million guaranteed and a team option for 2020. Ramsey tore his meniscus at OTAs and could be facing a lengthy absence. He'll meet with Dr. James Andrews this week to discuss surgery. When healthy, Ramsey will start opposite Davon House outside with Prince Amukamara operating as the slot corner. The Jags have now signed six of their seven draft picks.
May 22 - 10:37 AM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects T.J. Yeldon to serve as the Jaguars' primary third-down back.

O'Halloran envisions Yeldon and Chris Ivory sharing the backfield, with Yeldon hogging passing-game work and Ivory finishing with "more carries on first and second downs." That doesn't mean Yeldon will be eliminated from early-down work, of course. Although Ivory struggled in short-yardage situations with the Jets last season, he is going to bring a power element to Jacksonville's backfield and will be the favorite for scoring-position touches. Yeldon has more value in PPR leagues. It could be a tossup in more touchdown-heavy formats.
May 22 - 8:30 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Paul Posluszny to hold onto the middle linebacker job this season.

Coach Gus Bradley said he still sees Posluszny as a three-down linebacker. It would be odd for a coach to say something negative about a veteran, but the reality is Poz has been past his prime for several seasons. Myles Jack (knee) will be limited in the offseason program, making it unlikely he jumps Posluszny by Week 1, but Jack is the future at the position.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 1:17 PM


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