NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that DE Calais Campbell has decided to sign a 4-year deal with the Jaguars. Wednesday night reports had Campbell likely to sign there, but the Broncos reportedly made a late push for the former Cardinal. Campbell reportedly chose Jacksonville's offer of about $2 million more per year and $6 million more in guaranteed money. (The fact that Florida residents pay no income tax likely factored in as well.) Campbell joins an ascending defense and what could be a stellar line. The Jaguars added DT Malik Jackson in free agency last year, got solid production from rookie DE Yannick Ngakoue and are still waiting on 2015 first-round DE Dante Fowler to reach his potential. Campbell's best IDP days might be behind him, but he should remain at least a solid D-line play in tackle-friendly fantasy football leagues. The Jacksonville team D carries interesting upside in early 2017 fantasy drafts.
The Jaguars have named Doug Marrone their new HC. He served as interim HC for the final 2 weeks of this past season, leading Jacksonville to 1 of its 3 wins. Marrone's only other experience as an NFL HC came in Buffalo during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. He compiled a 15-17 record with the Bills, with those squads finishing 19th and 26th, respectively, in total offense. The 2013 squad led the league in rushing attempts and ranked 2nd in rushing yards. RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both topped 1,000 total yards that year. Marrone could bring a run-heavier attack to the Jaguars, who have ranked among the bottom 8 in run rate in 5 straight seasons. Marrone's biggest undertaking, though, will be fixing QB Blake Bortles.
The Jaguars fired HC Gus Bradley immediately after their 21-20 loss to the Texans. That dropped Jacksonville to 2-12 this season and 14-48 during Bradley's 4-year tenure. We'll see who the team tabs as its interim HC for the final 2 games, but it's unlikely to have a fantasy impact.
Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue (ankle) is active for today's upside matchup with the Broncos. Use the boom/bust prospect as you normally would in IDP leagues.
Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Texans after entering the day questionable. He's not a strong IDP option, though a Brock Osweiler visit gives everyone INT upside.
According to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, rookie Myles Jack "will eventually be the Jaguars’ every-down middle linebacker" and "could be replacing [MLB Paul] Posluszny in passing situations" as soon as this season. That's the 1st time we've seen the specific plan for Jack, who's capable of playing any LB spot. Poz's presence figures to limit Jack's IDP upside for 2016, but the veteran could be a cut candidate in 2017. That will mark the final year of his contract, and Jacksonville could dump him with minimal salary-cap impact. We'll watch Jack's progression this summer to see how much he might cut into Posluszny's role for the coming season. We'll be adjusting our Poz outlook down for fantasy football drafting this summer, though.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey had successful surgery Tuesday morning on the torn meniscus in his right knee, according to the Florida Times-Union. Doctors said Jacksonville's top pick might be ready for the start of training camp. “That’s great news; that’s outstanding,” HC Gus Bradley said. “That’s what we had hoped for. We knew all of the scenarios. I’m excited for him.” Ramsey did have microfracture surgery on the same knee back in high school, but it held up through college. We'll see if he's ready for the start of camp and how the knee fares through the summer. Ramsey's much more of a factor for the team D than for IDP lineups after intercepting just 3 passes across 3 seasons at Florida State (including 0 last year).
The Jaguars announced Thursday that #1 pick CB Jalen Ramsey sustained a "small" tear in his right meniscus. We'll see what the team says about treatment and timetable for Ramsey's recovery. This makes 2 straight offseasons, though, of their top pick quickly suffering a knee injury. Last year it was DE Dante Fowler suffering an ACL tear. Even healthy, Ramsey's not necessarily an exciting IDP option because of his position.
Former UCLA LB Myles Jack got mocked to the Jaguars with the 5th overall pick plenty this draft season. Instead, Jacksonville managed to draft him in the NFL Draft's 2nd round. Jack likely would have been a top 10 pick at full health, but there are significant questions with the knee in which he tore his meniscus last season. Jack has conceded that he might need microfracture surgery at some point, but it's not expected to affect his 2016 status. For dynasty owners, Jack should be in the running to be the 1st defender off the board in rookie drafts.
The Jaguars nabbed DB Jalen Ramsey with the 5th pick in the NFL Draft. We'll see if they view him as a corner, a safety or some combo along the lines of Arizona's Tyrann Mathieu. Ramsey will be an OK pick from Round 3 on in dynasty fantasy football leagues with IDPs.
The league has suspended Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin for the season's 1st 4 games for violating the PED policy. Colvin said he'll "take full responsibility," per Jacksonville.com and doesn't seem likely to appeal. He delivered some surprise IDP value as a 1st-time starter in 2015 but won't be worth drafting thanks to the suspension. We'll see about Colvin as a waiver add after the season's 1st quarter.
Former Browns S Tashaun Gipson has agreed to a 5-year, $35.5 million deal with the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gipson will man the free safety spot next to Johnathan Cyprien and should enhance Jacksonville's deep coverage. He's been a lackluster IDP contributor with INT upside to this point. The Jaguars defense still needs to address its pass rush, though, after watching reported target DE Olivier Vernon sign with the Giants instead.
Former Broncos DE Malik Jackson confirmed Tuesday that he has agreed to a 6-year deal with the Jaguars. The full contract will be worth $90 million when he signs it Wednesday -- at the real start of free agency -- with $42 million guaranteed, according to The Associated Press. Primarily a 3-4 DE in Denver, Jackson's expected to play more DT for the 4-3 Jaguars. He can also play some end in such sets, and that versatility no doubt helped his attractiveness on the open market. Jackson's a strong pickup for what should be an improved Jacksonville defense, and he should continue to deliver IDP value even in an altered role.
Jaguars OLB Hayes Pullard (hamstring) is active for today's finale against Houston and filling in once again for inactive Telvin Smith. It's tough to know what we can expect from a guy with 1 career start and hamstring trouble, though. Pullard's a high-risk IDP bet this week.
Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith will miss a 2nd straight game because of his injured shoulder. Hayes Pullard, who filled in well for Smith last week, is questionable this time around with a hamstring issue that limited him in practice all week. It'll be best to avoid this situation in your IDP league.
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