Player News - Jaguars

Date: Team: Pos:

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran "guesses" the Jaguars are shopping Allen Hurns on the trade block.

Hurns has yet to play this preseason despite being relatively healthy. He missed a bunch of action last season due to a severe hamstring strain. GM Dave Caldwell just signed Hurns to a "five-year, $40.6 million" deal last June, but he appears to already be falling out of favor with guys like Marqise Lee playing well last season and rookie Dede Westbrook impressing this summer. Hurns likely wouldn't fetch much in the trade department coming off a really down 2016.
Aug 23 - 10:07 AM

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (core) will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Panthers.

"Our plan is to get Jalen in there," said coach Doug Marrone. "He's had a good week." Ramsey resumed practicing last week after getting a late start to camp while recovering from core muscle surgery. He showed well as a rookie last year, earning PFF's No. 21 cornerback grade out of 119 qualifiers.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 3:42 PM

Leonard Fournette (foot) has been ruled out for the Jaguars' third preseason game.

It's a quick rule-out, but the Jaguars do play Thursday night on a short week. The third preseason game is viewed as the most important as the regular-season dress rehearsal, and it's unlikely Fournette will play in the fourth one. If he's done for the summer, Fournette will have played just 12 snaps. He said he'll play Week 1, but this is the same foot that hampered Fournette at LSU.
Aug 21 - 7:21 PM

Coach Doug Marrone said after the Jaguars' second preseason game that the left guard job is wide open.

Patrick Omameh was viewed as the heavy favorite when camp started, but he was dreadful this past week in joint practices and the second preseason game against the Bucs. (Playing against DT Gerald McCoy every day will do that.) Marrone has reopened the competition. Luke Bowanko is in the mix. Determined to play power-run football, the Jaguars need good guard play.
Aug 21 - 6:06 PM

NFL.com reports Jaguars DE Dante Fowler has been charged with three misdemeanors stemming from his July 18 arrest.

According to court records, Fowler is accused of "punching" a man after a "brief verbal confrontation." He also stepped on the alleged victim's glasses. He has been charged with battery, criminal mischief, and petty theft. Fowler's arraignment is scheduled for September 11, the Monday after Week 1.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 21 - 11:51 AM

A teammate said practice reps were split "dead even" between Chad Henne and Blake Bortles on Sunday.

It is not a surprise considering both Bortles' terrible showing in the second preseason game and myriad reports suggesting Henne would take over the starting job, but it does confirm the Jaguars truly have opened the competition. With Bortles struggling, that battle likely will lead to Henne getting the start Week 1. That is a good thing for the Jaguars' skill players based on what we have seen so far this preseason.
Aug 21 - 9:23 AM

The Florida Times Union wonders whether Brandon Allen could enter the mix for the Jaguars' starting quarterback job.

A second-year sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, Allen has moved the Jaguars' offense better than Blake Bortles and Chad Henne this preseason, albeit against second- and third-team defenses. While beat writer Ryan O'Halloran considers Allen starting "unlikely because this regime is all about winning Week 1," O'Halloran does acknowledge "stranger things have happened." Allen should play almost the entire game in the Jags' preseason finale.
Aug 20 - 3:22 PM

The Jaguars did not release an unofficial depth chart in their game notes this week.

Instead, they listed question marks at quarterback and kicker. The Jags have lost confidence in Blake Bortles, who delivered an embarrassing performance Thursday night. There's incentive for Jacksonville to sit Bortles as his $19 million option for next year (which the Jaguars foolishly exercised) is only guaranteed for injury. With Chad Henne and Bortles battling it out at QB and Leonard Fournette (foot) injured, Jacksonville's offense looks to be in dire straits.
Aug 20 - 11:54 AM

The Jaguars passed on signing free agent K Dan Carpenter after his workout on Friday.

Jason Myers has missed 3-of-4 field goals this preseason. "I think he’s well aware of the situation he’s in," said coach Doug Marrone. "He has to go out there and perform well and earn the trust of his coaches as well as his teammates." While Myers' job is safe for the time being, he can't afford any more slip-ups.
Aug 20 - 10:32 AM

Jaguars signed RB DuJuan Harris, formerly of the 49ers.

It's the first we've heard of Harris since the Niners let him go shortly after the draft. Harris should see reps at Jaguars camp with Leonard Fournette (foot) and T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) both banged up, though it's unlikely he'll factor into the team's regular season plans. The 28-year-old contributed 253 yards on 46 touches with one touchdown over 10 games for San Francisco last season.
Aug 20 - 9:10 AM

Leonard Fournette (foot) expects to be ready for Week 1.

This is good news for their workhorse back. Foot and ankle injuries clearly hindered Fournette's rushing ability in his last season at LSU, making this injury something to keep an eye on.
Aug 19 - 12:53 PM

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) says he expects to be ready for Week 1.

This is a great sign for Lee, who was previously thought to have a high-ankle sprain. He is already out of a walking boot and no longer needs crutches. Lee was by far the most efficient player for the Jaguars on short passes last season and an important part of their offense.
Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

T.J. Yeldon exited the second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

The severity of the injury is not known, but it is another setback for a player who has struggled with injuries throughout his short career and sat out the entire offseason program with an ankle issue. Yeldon's spot as the third-down back is likely secure, but that could change if he is not able to get and stay healthy.
Aug 19 - 10:48 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero confirms Jacksonville's starting quarterback job is "wide open."

It's "not a forgone conclusion" Blake Bortles has lost his job despite a shaky preseason. Coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Bortles following Thursday's game, but the Jaguars haven't given up on him as their starter. Jacksonville isn't expected to pursue any outside options, leaving Bortles and Chad Henne to compete for the Week 1 job.
Aug 18 - 8:05 PM

Jaguars rookie WR Dede Westbrook caught 6-of-7 targets for 131 yards in Thursday night's second preseason game.

Westbrook played against a bunch of Bucs backups, but he's now had back-to-back strong performances to open the preseason after catching a 42-yard touchdown in the first exhibition. All seven of his catches this summer have gone for at least 20 yards. Westbrook appears to be positioning himself to serve as a deep threat in the No. 4 receiver role as a rookie.
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM


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