Shark Bites

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.

Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) won't play in Sunday's finale vs. the Colts, HC Doug Marrone said Wednesday. Robinson finishes his impressive rookie campaign with 1,414 yards and 10 TDs, ranking 6th among RBs in PPR points per game. Dare Ogunbowale figures to close out the season as Jacksonville's lead back after handling 14 carries and 5 targets last week.

Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's win over the Broncos, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. HC Anthony Lynn conceded Monday that it'll be a "challenge" for Jenkins and several other injured starters to make it back for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Bet on Jahleel Addae starting in Jenkins' place against a Chiefs offense that will feature Chad Henne and some replacement wideouts. There's some upside for Addae, who managed 8 tackles, a pass breakup and a half-sack against Denver last week. Don't expect to find him high in our Week 17 DB rankings, though, for basically an unknown matchup.

As expected, Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. His absence leaves Jacksonville's backfield to Devine Ozigbo and Dare Ogunbowale. Neither is a bankable fantasy play.

Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) won't play against the Bears tomorrow, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie's absence leaves Jacksonville with RBs Dare Ogunbowale and Devine Ozgibo, who have combined for 15 touches this season. Try to avoid this backfield in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bears. HC Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Robinson was on track to play, but it's unclear if that's still the case after the rookie missed practice all week. It's worth noting again that the experts at ProFootballDoc.com believe Robinson suffered a high-ankle sprain last week. Fantasy owners should certainly have an alternative lined up for Week 16 lineups. Robinson's absence would leave Jacksonville's backfield to Dare Ogunbowale and Devine Ozigbo. Neither would be a bankable fantasy play.

Jaguars RB James Robinson (ankle) won't practice on Wednesday but is expected to play vs. the Bears this weekend, HC Doug Marrone said Wednesday. We'll keep a close eye on the rookie's status over the next few days. Jacksonville's backfield would be hands-off for fantasy lineups if Robinson misses this one.

Jaguars RB James Robinson injured his ankle in the 2nd half of Sunday’s game against the Ravens. The folks at ProFootballDoc.com believe Robinson is likely dealing with a high-ankle sprain. If that’s the case, he’ll likely miss the final 2 games of the season. We should get an update on his status tomorrow. Robinson's absence would leave Jacksonville's backfield to Dare Ogunbowale and Devine Ozigbo.

Jaguars HC Doug Marrone announced Monday at his press conference that he'll start QB Gardner Minshew against the Ravens in Week 15. Minshew relieved Mike Glennon in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's loss to the Titans but posted only pedestrian numbers. He completed 18 of 31 passes (58%) for 178 yards (5.7 per attempt), 1 TD and 0 INTs. Baltimore actually rates as only a slightly tougher-than-average scoring matchup for fantasy QBs on the season -- both by raw fantasy points allowed and our Strength-of-Schedule formula -- but we're certainly not chasing Minshew for Week 15 fantasy lineups. The Ravens will bring a tougher defense than the Titans did last week, especially in the 2nd half of a blowout Tennessee win.

 
 
 

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