The Jaguars have signed RB Chris Thompson to a 1-year deal. He's reuniting with OC Jay Gruden in Jacksonville after the pair spent the past 6 seasons together in Washington. Thompson has struggled with injuries throughout his career but averaged 3.4 catches and 29 receiving yards per game over the last 5 years. If healthy, he figures to take a big bite out of RB Leonard Fournette's pass-catching production.
The Jaguars added Texas WR Collin Johnson in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Johnson is an intriguing prospect: a 6’6, 220-pounder with plus ball skills. He posted a 54-765-2 line as a sophomore and then went for 68-985-7 as a junior. But he struggled with a lingering hamstring injury this past year, finishing with 38 catches for 559 yards and 3 scores in 7 games. Johnson was unable to work out at the Combine due to a hip injury, and scouts wonder if he’s athletic enough to make it in the NFL. He joins D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and fellow rookie Laviska Shenault in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars added Colorado WR Laviska Shenault in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Shenault looks like a RB playing WR. At 6’1 and 227 pounds, he’s an inch taller and a pound lighter than Ezekiel Elliott. As you’d expect, Shenault is awesome with the ball in his hands. His 44 missed tackles forced over the last 2 seasons are tops among all draft-eligible WRs. Colorado also regularly used Shenault on handoffs, end-arounds and even at Wildcat QB. He compiled a 42-280-7 rushing line over the past 3 seasons. We were also impressed with Shenault’s speed, ball-tracking ability and contested-catch skills on tape. His upside is a bigger version of Deebo Samuel. Shenault is on the raw side as a route runner, though. And durability is a concern. He missed 4 games over the last 2 years and has had foot, shoulder and core-muscle surgeries in the past 15 months. Shenault has a shot to earn a significant rookie-year role with D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley as the competition for playing time. QB play in Jacksonville, both short and long term, is a potential problem.
The Falcons chose Florida CB C.J. Henderson with the 9th pick of the NFL Draft, making him the 2nd corner off the board. Henderson grabbed 4 INTs as a true freshman in 2017 and then broke up 16 passes -- with 2 INTs -- as a starter over the past 2 years. Despite 0 picks in 2019, he brings upside in coverage. Henderson also brings questions about his tackling, though, and totaled just 66 solos tackles across 3 college seasons. We're not excited about his IDP outlook, either for dynasty or redraft. Henderson's arrival should, however, help a Jacksonville defense that has shed starters Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye over the past year.
The Jaguars have agreed to a 2-year deal with TE Tyler Eifert, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Eifert joins a roster whose most productive TE had been James O'Shaughnessy, with a top season of 24 receptions in 2018. Jacksonville drafted TE Josh Oliver in Round 3 last year, but he appeared in only 4 games because of injury. Eifert reunites with new Jaguars OC Jay Gruden, who coordinated the Bengals offense back when Cincinnati drafted Eifert in 2013. Eifert made it through 16 games for the 1st time in his career last season, posting a 43-436-3 receiving line in his age-29 season. If he hits August as Jacksonville's lead TE, Eifert should present at least spot-start potential.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that LB Joe Schobert has agreed to a 5-year deal with the Jaguars worth $53.75 million, including $22.5 million guaranteed. That should position Schobert as the MLB starter in a Jacksonville defense with new questions in the LB corps. Does Myles Jack slide out from the middle to start on the weak side in 2020? Will Telvin Smith return from his 2019 personal-life hiatus? And if so, where will he play? We'll see about those. What we can count on is Schobert heading into 2020 with the group's strongest IDP outlook. Back in Cleveland, meanwhile, 2019 rookies Mack Wilson and Sione Takitaki appear to have clear lanes to starting gigs, with Schobert and Christian Kirksey gone. We'll see if the Browns add anyone else at the position.
The Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo after just 1 season. The 2019 Jags ranked 20th in total yards, 19th in yards per play and 26th in points. The offense, of course, lost QB Nick Foles to a broken collarbone in Week 1 and rolled with 6th-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew most of the year. We'll see who HC Doug Marrone tabs as his new OC.
Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Colts. He’s a shaky fantasy play, especially at less than 100%.
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Colts. The shoulder issue adds more downside to a guy who was an unexciting fantasy option to begin with.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (illness) is inactive for today’s finale against the Colts. Rookie Ryquell Armstead should operate as the lead back, with Devine Ozigbo as the #2 RB.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts due to an illness. He had been listed as questionable with a neck injury. So it'll be Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back in the finale. The rookie has mustered just 3.0 yards per carry on 25 attempts this season but also caught 9 of 15 targets for 92 yards. Armstead goes 5’11 and 220 pounds but averaged a mediocre 4.9 yards per carry across 4 seasons at Temple and tested as a subpar athlete this spring. He's an unexciting, volume-based fantasy play for Week 17
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. We've heard nothing to suggest that he'll miss this one, but the injury is just another reason to avoid Minshew in fantasy lineups.
Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was a full-go on Wednesday and Thursday but didn't practice on Friday. Westbrook was a weak fantasy option to begin with. These injuries should take him off your radar.
Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (neck) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts. He was limited in Wednesday's practice before being sidelined on Thursday and Friday. It's certainly possible that Fournette is held out of Sunday's finale. Jags-Colts doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we'll look for an update on Fournette's status on Sunday morning. His absence would leave rookie Ryquell Armstead as Jacksonville's lead back.
Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. He was limited in practice all week, so it’s unclear how close to 100% he’ll be today. Consider Chark a risk/reward WR3.
The Jaguars expect WR D.J. Chark (ankle) to return for today's game against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Chark is officially questionable after missing last week's game, but he put in limited practices all week. Atlanta presents a high-upside matchup, and the 7.5-point line points to Jacksonville likely playing from well behind.
Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons after a limited week of practice. HC Doug Marrone said Friday that he expects Chark to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Seemingly still at less than 100% but in a plus matchup, consider Chark a risk/reward WR3 for Week 16.
Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) put in his 2nd straight limited practice on Thursday. It looks like he has a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Falcons. We'll get another update on Chark tomorrow.
Jaguars DE Josh Allen sustained a shoulder injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders. We'll see whether it impacts his availability for Week 16.
John Oehser of the team website reports that the Jaguars will start Donald Payne at MLB for the 3rd straight game Sunday against the Raiders. That's noteworthy because ESPN's Michael DiRocco reported earlier in the week that the team was considering a switch to Joe Giles-Harris. DC Todd Wash referred to Payne Thursday as the starter. We've moved Payne back up our Week 15 LB rankings. You should start him in your IDP lineup in most cases, following a pair of double-digit tackle outings in the middle of arguably the league's worst run defense and a team that has lost 5 straight games by 17+ points.
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