If it wasn't already clear that the Jaguars are building around defense and the running game, the team's brass has made it clear recently. HC Doug Marrone was recently asked how many passes he'd like QB Blake Bortles to throw this season and replied, "zero." GM Dave Caldwell guaranteed NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that Bortles' attempts will drop from last year's 625. We currently have him projected for 512. Even if Bortles' efficiency improves in 2017, the likely massive decline in volume will hurt his fantasy production.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone told the team website that there's "no doubt" QB Blake Bortles has improved his throwing mechanics this offseason. Bortles spent time working with QB gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, and Marrone spoke with seemingly mild optimism about the effects. It's certainly too early for anyone to get excited, but any growth in Bortles' game would be welcome for the offense on whole and his passing numbers. We'll see how things look as workouts really get going.
The Jaguars have exercised their 5th-year option on QB Blake Bortles. That would pay Bortles about $18 million in 2018. Note, though, that the option doesn't become guaranteed until the 1st day of the 2018 league year. So the 2017 campaign remains make-or-break for Bortles in Jacksonville. The team helped him last week by adding RB Leonard Fournette, OT Cam Robinson and WR Dede Westbrook.
The Jaguars added Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After starting his college career at Blinn junior college, Westbrook spent the past 2 years in Norman. He posted a 46-743-4 line in 2015 and then busted out last season. Westbrook tallied 1,524 yards and 17 scores on 80 grabs — a sizzling 19.1 yards per catch. The monster season earned him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top WR) honors. He also finished 4th in the Heisman voting. Westbrook clocked a 4.34-second 40 time at the Combine and should at least be a big-play threat at the next level. He’s just 6’0 and 174 pounds, though, and is an older prospect at 23 years old. That lowers the fantasy floor. The ceiling extends into DeSean Jackson territory. In the short term, Westbrook will compete with Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns for targets behind Allen Robinson.
The Jaguars nabbed LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the 4th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Only 3 RBs have ever been selected higher. Fournette was a man amongst boys, even in the SEC. He racked up 3,830 rushing yards with 40 TDs over the past 3 seasons. And that was despite fighting through an ankle injury most of last year. He was at his best in 2015, when he ripped off 1,953 yards and 22 TDs on 300 totes. Fournette boasts a generational combination of size and speed, even drawing a Bo Jackson comp from 1 scout. He checked into the Combine at 6’0, 240 pounds and clocked a 4.51-second 40 time. It earned him the top Speed Score in this year’s RB class. The concerns? Fournette sometimes struggles with lateral movement on tape, registered a poor 28.5-inch vertical at the Combine and didn’t complete any of the agility drills in the pre-draft process. He also totaled just 41 catches across his 3 college seasons — and dropped 8 balls, according to Pro Football Focus. Fournette joins a crowded backfield in Jacksonville that also includes Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon, but consider Fournette the heavy favorite to lead the way in touches this season.
The Jaguars have signed TE Mychal Rivera to a 2-year deal. The 2013 6th-rounder racked up 96 catches over his first 2 seasons in Oakland but averaged just 9.8 yards per grab. He was phased out by TE Clive Walford the past 2 years, totaling just 50 catches. Rivera is a classic JAG -- "just a guy." He could carve out a role in a weak Jacksonville TE group, but Rivera is unlikely to be a fantasy asset.
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.
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (hamstring) is officially inactive for today’s finale against the Colts. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will operate as Jacksonville's top 2 WRs in a plus matchup.
Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Colts. RB Denard Robinson will serve as the lead back in a plus matchup. He’s a viable Week 17 fantasy play.
Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. He won't be at 100% if he suits up, making him a risky fantasy option. RB Denard Robinson (ankle) was also limited in practice all week but isn't listed on the final injury report. There's a chance that he leads the Jags' backfield in touches.
The Jaguars listed WR Allen Hurns (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's finale against the Colts -- but Hurns told reporters on Friday that he won't play. Classic Jags. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will again serve as Jacksonville's top 2 WRs in a plus matchup.
Jaguars RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That's encouraging after he exited last week's game in the 3rd quarter and did not return. If Ivory is at least relatively healthy, he'll be a fine Week 17 fantasy play in a plus matchup against the Colts.
Jaguars RB Chris Ivory might miss Sunday's finale against the Colts with a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Michael DiRocco. Ivory dealt with a hamstring issue earlier this year and aggravated it in the 3rd quarter of this past weekend's game. RB Denard Robinson, meanwhile, reportedly has a chance to return from his ankle injury for Sunday's game. Jacksonville's other RBs are Corey Grant, Bronson Hill and Daryl Richardson. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation.
The Jaguars have placed RB T.J. Yeldon on IR because of the ankle injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game against the Titans. That should help RB Chris Ivory's touch count for the season finale against the Colts. Ivory posted a 14-45-1 rushing line against Tennessee, adding 4-69 receiving on 6 targets. He'll hit Week 17 as a decent fantasy RB2.
Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is done for the day with an ankle injury. He carried just twice for 5 yards before exiting. Chris Ivory will operate as the lead back the rest of the afternoon.
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (hamstring) is out for Saturday’s game against the Titans. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will remain the top 2 dogs vs. the league’s 29th-ranked WR defense.
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 RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) put in a full practice on Friday and isn’t listed on the final injury report. We’re still betting on T.J. Yeldon leading the backfield in touches against the Texans this weekend, but Ivory’s return puts a significant dent in Yeldon’s floor and ceiling.
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will start and are both WR3 options vs. a Houston defense that's allowed 750 yards and 7 TDs to WRs over its last 5 games.
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