Travis Etienne will take all of his reps at WR at Jacksonville's rookie minicamp, HC Urban Meyer said. "Worst case scenario you have a RB with the skillset of a WR, best case scenario you have a hybrid player that can do both," Meyer explained. Etienne's role will be 1 of the bigger fantasy storylines of the summer. If he's a RB who plays a big role in the passing game, we're talking about Alvin Kamara. If he's more of a gadget, "hybrid" guy, he'd be in Nyheim Hines territory. We're still leaning toward something closer to the former, but it'll be worth watching closely. Etienne's ADP is sitting in the middle of the 4th round in recent FFPC best-ball drafts.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence will be limited in rookie minicamp as he continues to make his way back from left (non-throwing) surgery in February, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lawrence is "doing well" in rehab and should be ready to go when training camp opens, Rapoport adds. This is a situation worth monitoring but shouldn't ultimately impact Lawrence's rookie campaign.
The Jaguars are set to sign Tim Tebow, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tebow is now 33 and has been out of the NFL since 2015. He also has zero experience at TE. Jacksonville does have 1 of the weakest TE depth charts in the league, but Tebow is still a super long shot to fantasy relevance. Get ready to hear way too much about this story over the next few months.
ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports that the Jaguars plan to use RB Travis Etienne "similar to the way [Urban] Myer used Percy Harvin" at Florida. In 3 years under Meyer, Harvin carried 194 times and caught 133 passes. The splits went 41 rushes, 34 catches as a freshman; 83/59 as a sophomore; 70/40 as a junior. "He's much more than a running back," Meyer said of Etienne. "He's a slash. He's got excellent hands and he'll be dual trained. [Dual-threat players] are hard to find, too, but if you can find one we know how to use him. With him I expect him [to make] an instant impact." Etienne will make for a tricky fantasy projection. His expected role, though, makes it more realistic to find worthwhile touches for both him and James Robinson. We'll certainly continue tracking this situation throughout the summer.
The Jaguars selected Ohio State TE Luke Farrell in Round 5 of the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6’5, 251-pounder was recruited by current Jags HC Urban Meyer. A subpar all-around athlete with 4.81 speed, Farrell projects as an in-line TE. Already going on 24 years old, Farrell is unlikely Jacksonville’s long-term answer at the position. What works in his favor in the short term is a barren TE depth chart.
Jaguars HC Urban Meyer talked up RB Travis Etienne as a "matchup nightmare" after Jacksonville drafted him 25th overall. Meyer says the backfield plan is developing, which you'd expect at this point in the year. But he added (according to Jaguar Report): “I see Carlos [Hyde] and James [Robinson] the 1-2, downhill, powerful running backs. And I see Travis—there’s times where we could be in two-backs and Travis is a guy that goes out. Or we’re still playing with it, but he’s certainly a third-down back and he’s a guy that’s a match-up issue for the defense.” Etienne no doubt adds an element that neither Robinson nor Hyde provides. But the risk for fantasy football managers is obviously that he doesn't get enough touches to pay off as an early-round fantasy selection. We're downgrading the outlook for a guy who could have been the class' top fantasy option in a better landing spot.
Clemson RB Travis Etienne has landed with the Jaguars at Pick #25 in the 2021 NFL Draft. Etienne comes off a stellar 4-year career at Clemson, including 3 seasons as the clear lead back. He averaged 7.2 yards per rush and 11.3 yards per catch across 102 career receptions. Etienne never topped 14.0 carries per game in a college season, but even his 2020 rate of 18 touches per contest would give him plenty of fantasy upside in the NFL. Given the draft capital spent, we’d be surprised if that’s his pro ceiling. Etienne’s sub-4.5 speed gives him the kind of big-play potential that can win you fantasy weeks. There are shades of Alvin Kamara to his game. Etienne reunites with QB Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville but will also need to contend for touches with 2020 revelation James Robinson.
The Jaguars selected Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the 1st pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s tough to say how long we’ve known this would be the pick. Lawrence spent at least all of the 2020 season as the presumptive #1 selection. With 36 starts across 3 years at Clemson, Lawrence enters the NFL long on experience. He racked up 90 TD passes vs. just 17 INTs with the Tigers and earned passing grades of 90+ from Pro Football Focus in each of his 3 seasons. Lawrence brings accuracy in throwing to every level and adds rushing upside. He topped out at 563 yards on the ground as a 2019 sophomore and punched in 17 TD runs over the past 2 years. With Jacksonville, Lawrence inherits a talented WR corps led by D.J. Chark, Laviska Shenault and free-agent addition Marvin Jones. Lawrence has the upside to crack the fantasy top 12 right away and should be a long-term factor for his fantasy teams.
WR Marvin Jones has agreed to a 2-year, $14.5 million deal with the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (That includes $9.2 million guaranteed.) Jones reunites with OC Darrell Bevell, who ran the Detroit offense the past 2 years and now serves as Jacksonville's OC. Jones also joins a receiving corps led by D.J. Chark and 2nd-year WR Laviska Shenault. Those 3 figure to lead the depth chart, leaving little room for Keelan Cole, Chris Conley or Collin Johnson to find relevance. Jones played all 16 games last year for the 1st time in 3 seasons, catching a career-high 76 balls for 978 yards and 9 TDs. His arrival complicates the target outlook for Chark and Shenault.
The Jaguars have agreed to a 3-year deal with CB Shaq Griffin with $29 million guaranteed and a max value of $44.5 million, according to Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic. Seattle reportedly made a push to keep Griffin on board but lost out. Griffin spent most of his 4 seasons in Seattle as a starter on the outside. He totaled 6 INTs while averaging a solid 0.84 passes defensed per game. Griffin figures to land in draftable range in our 2021 DB rankings for IDP leagues.
The Jaguars have agreed to a 4-year deal with S Rayshawn Jenkins. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports it's a $35 million pact with $16 million fully guaranteed. Jenkins looks likely to take over the SS role primarily manned by Josh Jones last season. Jarrod Wilson is the current lead candidate to hang on to the FS spot. We'll see what the rest of the offseason brings at that position, though. Jenkins got his 1st shot at full-time starting duty last year and posted decent fantasy numbers, but they were primarily driven by tackles. Don't expect him to stand out in our 2021 IDP rankings.
The Jaguars are re-signing DE Dawuane Smoot for 2 years, $14 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's pretty significant money for a guy with 11.5 sacks through 4 pro seasons, but Smoot just got his 1st starting shot in 2020. His 17 QB hits tied for 28th in the league. The new contract indicates that Jacksonville's new coaching staff believes in Smoot's semi-breakout. He'll share edge reps with Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson, 1st-round picks the past 2 years.
The Jaguars signed WR Phillip Dorsett. The 29th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has yet to top 33 catches or 528 yards in a season. He missed almost all of the 2020 campaign with a right foot injury that required surgery. Now 28, Dorsett's best-case scenario in Jacksonville is providing a few splash plays. He remains off the fantasy radar.
The Jaguars signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 2-year, $6 million deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hyde is reuniting with HC Urban Meyer, who he played under for his final 2 seasons at Ohio State. Injuries limited Hyde to 10 games and an 81-356-4 rushing line in Seattle last year. He topped 1,000 rushing yards for the Texans back in 2019 but will turn 31 in September. Hyde has never been much of a factor in the passing game, either. If this is the biggest addition Jacksonville makes to its backfield this offseason, it'll be excellent news for RB James Robinson.
Jaguars GM Trent Baalke said he's "looking to add to" the RB group this offseason. "We have to add some explosive to that room as well and we have to be able to take some of the carries off of James [Robinson]," Baalke added. "You can only ride a horse so long." This sounds more like Jacksonville is looking to add a complement to Robinson, rather than a true threat to his job as lead back. Robinson is coming off an impressive rookie season that saw him average 76.4 rushing yards and 24.6 receiving yards per game. But the fact that he was an undrafted free agent last year and is now playing for a new regime adds some risk to his role heading into 2021. We'll see exactly who the Jaguars add to the backfield over the next 2 months.
The Jaguars have named Darrell Bevell their new OC. Multiple teams were interested in hiring the 51-year-old, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, but Bevell opted to join HC Urban Meyer in Jacksonville. Bevell has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL OC. He spent the past 2 years in Detroit, where the Lions ranked near the middle of the pack in total yards and points. Bevell's units were better during his Seattle tenure from 2011 to 2017, with 5 of those 7 squads finishing top 11 in points. His offenses have generally leaned toward the run, with 10 of the 14 ranking among the top half of the league in rush attempts. Only 4 of them have finished top-16 in pass attempts.
The Jaguars have hired Urban Meyer as HC. It'll be his first foray into the NFL after spending over 30 years in the college ranks. Meyer most recently served as Ohio State's HC from 2012-2018, leading the Buckeyes to an 83-9 record and 1 national championship. He also won 2 titles among 6 seasons as Florida's HC and spent 2 years before that as HC at Utah. Meyer was reportedly infatuated with the idea of coaching incoming rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. (Who wouldn't be?) ESPN's Jeremy Fowler hears that Meyer is eyeing Scott Linehan as his OC, although that move isn't official yet.
The Jaguars have fired HC Doug Marrone, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Marrone went 10-6 in his 1st full season at the helm but totaled just 12 wins over the past 3 years. Jacksonville has already been linked to former Ohio State HC Urban Meyer. Whoever gets the gig figures to be working with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.
Seahawks RB Carlos Hyde has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the 49ers with a non-COVID illness. Rashaad Penny will step in as Seattle's #2 RB, but RB Chris Carson should pick up a few extra touches with Hyde out.
Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (shin) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Colts. It ends a disappointing season that saw the 3rd-year wideout post a 53-706-5 line in 13 games. With Jacksonville expected to use the 1st overall pick of this spring's draft on QB Trevor Lawrence, Chark will be a prime 2021 bounce-back candidate. WR Collin Johnson (hamstring) is also out for Week 17, leaving Laviska Shenault, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.
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