Player News - Jaguars

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The Jaguars scored just 35 first-quarter points in 2015.

The mark was the second worst in the league. Despite the struggles early, the Jaguars managed to finish 14th in total scoring on the back of 26 second-half offensive touchdowns. 23 of those touchdowns came through the air, which represented almost two-thirds of Blake Bortles' scoring output last season. An improved defense should help Jacksonville stay in games, but they need to start faster on offense. An improved running game could help in that endeavor.
Jul 26 - 9:39 AM

Jaguars first-round CB Jalen Ramsey (meniscus) is expected to cover the slot in nickel packages.

Ramsey missed most of the offseason program with a torn meniscus, but he is expected to be ready for camp. With Aaron Colvin suspended for the first four games, Ramsey's first order of business when he gets back on the field will be getting comfortable covering the slot. Prince Amukamara should replace Ramsey on the outside in sub packages.
Jul 25 - 10:39 AM

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars LT Kelvin Beachum (ACL) is expected to avoid the active/PUP list to start camp.

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Beachum had a "very" good chance to be ready for camp, and it looks like he will be proven right. Beachum will likely be eased in, but he should be 100 percent well before Week 1. Beachum is fully expected to supplant Luke Joeckel as the starting left tackle.
Jul 25 - 10:34 AM

The Florida Times Union considers TE Nic Jacobs a lock for the 53-man roster.

Jacobs has been shut down since OTAs with a wrist injury. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp. Jacobs is Jacksonville’s top inline blocker behind Marcedes Lewis.
Jul 23 - 7:21 PM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran reports the Jaguars feel like anything they get out of third-year WR Marqise Lee will be a bonus.

Nicknamed The Albino Tiger because of how infrequently he graces the practice field, Lee has managed to play in just 23 games through his first two seasons. He has been healthy this offseason, however, and reportedly saw plenty of snaps with the first team. Lee can be a dynamic complement to starters Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, but he has to stay healthy.
Jul 21 - 9:11 AM

Jaguars WR coach Jerry Sullivan said Allen Hurns will see snaps in the slot this season.

"He’ll play inside some," Sullivan said. "He’s got a good feel in there for a guy who’s been outside a lot." According to PFF, Hurns ran almost 40 percent of his routes from the slot last season, so he is plenty comfortable on the inside. With underwhelming sophomore Rashad Greene expected to serve as the primary slot receiver, the Jaguars could create a more dynamic lineup by moving Hurns inside and playing Marqise Lee on the outside.
Jul 21 - 8:47 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran doesn't expect the Jaguars to re-sign contract-year RB Denard Robinson after this season.

After serving most of last season as the No. 2 to T.J. Yeldon, Robinson is now the distant No. 3 back and competing for the spot with Corey Grant. Robinson had serious ball-security issues the final month of last season and failed when given opportunities to start when Yeldon was out with an injury. Robinson turns 26 in September, and his Dynasty stock is at its low point.
Jul 20 - 9:35 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco believes "it'll be tough" for Allen Robinson to match last season's statistical output.

Robinson posted a ridiculous 80-1,400-14 line on 142 targets and led the league with 31 catches of 20-plus yards. Only nine receivers were targeted more than Robinson. With the addition of Chris Ivory to pair with T.J. Yeldon and returns to health by Julius Thomas and Marqise Lee, we tend to agree with DiRocco.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 2:08 PM

Jaguars third-round DE Yannick Ngakoue is expected to play opposite sophomore DE Dante Fowler on passing downs.

The duo is unproven, but they offer significantly more athletic upside than last year's pairing of Chris Clemons and Andre Branch. "Yannick is very explosive and you can see we have a lot more team speed at our defensive end position with him and Dante," DC Todd Wash said. "We have tremendous speed off the edge." With Malik Jackson wreaking havoc in the middle, the Jaguars should be able to get more pressure in sub packages this season.
Jul 19 - 8:44 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell confirmed Luke Joeckel is an option at left guard.

"It’s an option or he wouldn’t have taken snaps there [this spring]," Caldwell said. Joeckel lost his job at left tackle to Kelvin Beachum, and the only opening along the offensive line is at left guard, where Mackenzy Bernadeau took first-team reps at OTAs. In a contract year after the Jags declined his fifth-year option, Joeckel could do a lot for his value if he earned and kept a starting job at guard.
Jul 18 - 11:15 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran "fully expects" Rashad Greene to be the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver this year.

"If the [Jaguars] get anything out of [Marqise] Lee, it will be a bonus," O'Halloran said on Mike Clay's Sirius XM Fantasy show. Whereas Greene is entrenched in the slot, Lee is the top backup for perimeter receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. The Jags may not go three wide especially often as a two-tight end team that will employ Julius Thomas and Marcedes Lewis together more frequently. Greene is low-ceiling stash in PPR Dynasty leagues.
Jul 17 - 12:38 PM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union suggests carries could be split about 55/45 in the Jaguars' backfield this season.

55 percent would go to Chris Ivory with T.J. Yeldon responsible for the other 45 percent. O'Halloran suggested the Jags could even use a "hot-hand" approach with one back getting more carries in the second half based on their performance in the first two quarters. The Jags' backfield is going to be a tough puzzle for fantasy owners to solve. Ivory is the projected starter and goal-line back, making him the lesser of two evils. Neither is worthy of more than a middle-round stab in 12-team fantasy drafts.
Jul 17 - 9:27 AM

Blake Bortles sought advice from Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer this offseason.

Bortles is hoping to avoid a letdown after putting together a breakout year in 2015. Bouncing ideas off two of the game's best is a good way to keep the ball rolling. "Aaron was awesome," said Bortles. "One of the things he said was, ‘Don’t try and score 21 points every time you have the ball.’" Palmer gave similar advice, imploring Bortles to "build chemistry and rapport" with his teammates. Bortles still has plenty of room for improvement. He led the league with 18 interceptions last year while completing just 58.6 percent of his passes.
Jul 17 - 9:02 AM

Johnathan Cyprien is "the favorite" for the Jags' strong safety job.

He will battle 2015 fourth-rounder James Sample for the starting job. Cyprien has been a disappointment since arriving in the second round of the 2013 draft, but the addition of a true center fielder in Tashaun Gipson should allow him to play a more comfortable role closer to the line of scrimmage. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, this is a make-or-break season for Cyprien.
Jul 16 - 11:21 AM

Jaguars second-round LB Myles Jack could begin his career on the strong side.

Jack is Jacksonville's middle linebacker of the future, but he is unlikely to unseat Paul Posluszny this season. With Telvin Smith entrenched on the weak side, that leaves Jack to focus on SAM in base sets. No matter his initial designation, Jack's biggest early contributions should come in sub-packages, where he and Smith could form one of the most athletic nickel linebacker combos in the league.
Jul 16 - 9:59 AM


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