Player News - Jaguars

Date: Team: Pos:

Julius Thomas will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Thomas could be sidelined a month. That's in line with what GM David Caldwell said on Monday. Caldwell essentially ruled Thomas out for Weeks 1-3, calling Week 4 "realistic." Thomas is a tough sell as anything more than a TE2.
Sep 1 - 5:11 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the team will keep using two tight ends despite the hand injury to Julius Thomas.

Even with Thomas out this preseason, the Jaguars have continued to use two tight ends in their base formation. This is good news for Clay Harbor, who should slot into Thomas' spot while he is out the first three weeks of the season. Harbor averaged 3.5 catches a game while Marcedes Lewis was sidelined last season.
Sep 1 - 12:49 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell called Week 4 a "realistic" return target for Julius Thomas (hand surgery).

Thomas has already been essentially ruled out for the first three games of the season. It sounds like returning in Week 4 against the Colts would be a best case scenario. Expect Allen Robinson to be a target monster in the meantime, and for Allen Hurns to also see a bump in early-season usage.
Aug 31 - 5:20 PM

Julius Thomas is expected to require surgery on his broken hand, and will be sidelined 4-5 weeks.

Specifically, Thomas needs surgery on a finger tendon. For what it's worth, Thomas is getting a second opinion on Tuesday. He can safely be ruled out for Weeks 1-3, and is highly questionable for Week 4. Considering Thomas' injury history, it's not a guarantee he'll be back for Week 5. It's a major concern for the Jags' entire offense, as Thomas' presence won't be commanding attention in the red zone as Blake Bortles looks to build on his big summer. Clay Harbor is the next man up at tight end. Already a low-end TE1, the injury-prone Thomas is firmly a TE2 for the final week of drafting.
Aug 31 - 4:33 PM

Jaguars OC Greg Olson called out sophomore WR Marqise Lee (hamstring) for missing practice.

"He's to me like the albino tiger at the zoo," Olson said. "You get there and if you're lucky enough to get him to come out of the cage and see him, it's a good day." The analogy is not far off. Olson said he has only seen Lee three times in practice since he has been with the Jaguars, and Lee missed a lot of time his rookie year as well. Lee is well behind Allen Hurns on the depth chart, and he may have fallen behind rookie Rashad Greene as well.
Aug 31 - 11:14 AM

The Florida Times-Union said it is "starting to look unrealistic" for Sen'Derrick Marks (ACL) to play Week 1.

Coach Gus Bradley refused to rule Marks out, but it appears likely Marks misses at least the first couple weeks of the season. Marks will be a little over nine months removed from tearing his ACL when the season begins.
Aug 31 - 8:47 AM

Jaguars placed DE Dante Fowler (ACL) on injured reserve.

The No. 3 overall pick this year, Fowler suffered a torn ACL on the first day of rookie minicamps less than a week after the draft. He should be 100 percent by next year's training camp. In their quest to reach 75 players before Tuesday's deadline, the Jaguars also placed T Josh Wells (thumb) on injured reserve and waived/injured WR Greg Jenkins (ankle).
Aug 30 - 12:05 PM

Jaguars RG Brandon Linder (toe) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Linder is day to day, and reportedly could have played through his toe issue if it were the regular season. It's good news for Blake Bortles. Linder is one of the top pass-blocking guards in the league.
Aug 29 - 2:28 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley did not rule out DT Sen'Derrick Marks (ACL) for Week 1.

Though Bradley refuses to rule him out, The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran reports Week 3 is more likely. Marks will be nine months removed from ACL surgery when the regular season opens.
Aug 29 - 12:23 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said "everything points to" Julius Thomas (hand) playing Week 1.

The Jags have always been confident Thomas will be ready Week 1, but it is good to hear he has not suffered any setbacks. SS Johnathan Cyprien (hand) is also expected back by the opener.
Aug 29 - 12:20 PM

Jaguars DE Andre Branch has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL.

The Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran reports he will miss "significant time." Branch was expected to rotate with Chris Clemons at the LEO position. The Jaguars primarily want to use Clemons in passing situations, meaning Chris Smith could get snaps on run downs.
Aug 29 - 12:18 PM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco said RB Denard Robinson has a chance to open the season as the starter.

DiRocco has consistently questioned rookie T.J Yeldon's early-season workload this offseason, but this one seems unlikely. The Jaguars used Yeldon as a three-down back in his first preseason action with Robinson filling in as a change-of-pace option. Robinson has played well, but Yeldon has much more upside.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 11:56 AM

The Detroit Lions averaged over 10 yards per play in the first half against the Jacksonville defense on Friday night.

The Florida Times-Union highlighted the defensive deficiencies that were present in Jacksonville’s third preseason game, noting that the defense turned in an "alarming performance." The Jaguars D/ST is not on the fantasy radar and certainly won’t be an option in Week 1 when they host the ball-control offense of the Carolina Panthers.
Aug 29 - 10:59 AM

Jaguars DE Andre Branch is headed for an MRI on his left knee.

Branch was injured in the third preseason game. He was spotted on crutches in the locker room, but reportedly told teammates he did not need them. Branch is the top backup to Chris Clemons at the LEO spot.
Aug 29 - 8:31 AM

Allen Robinson caught two balls for 14 yards in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

Robinson caused a scare when he briefly left the game with a first-half shoulder "contusion" (bruise), but returned on the very next play. Especially with Julius Thomas (finger) losing so much practice time with Blake Bortles, Robinson is in prime position to open the season as a target monster. Through three preseason games, "A-Rob" has seven receptions for 103 yards.
Aug 28 - 10:59 PM


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