Sunday, September 11, 2016, 7:13pm
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still not 100 percent healthy, still feeling the effects of when he pulled up and took himself out of practice on Aug. 15. He remains limited in practice with a hamstring injury.
Gronkowski's inclusion on the team's first injury report of the season Wednesday adds context to what he's been facing health-wise. Gronkowski took himself out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15 after attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady along the sideline. He returned to practice Aug. 24, but didn't play in either of the final two preseason games, which wasn't a major surprise considering Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012.
The implication is that Gronk may not play in Week 1, but if he's limited in practice on Wednesday, it's an indicator that he'll be out there on Sunday night. The Patriots play in Arizona, and players who are not going to play typically do not travel, so we should know more on Saturday.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 4:12pm
Clay Harbor, formerly of the Eagles and Jaguars, inked a two-year deal with the Pats in the spring, receiving a reported $400,000 signing bonus. That's a hefty guarantee for a player that is not considered a lock to make the final roster.
Or perhaps the Pats truly do have a spot set aside for Harbor. After all, he gives them something different.
While Gronkowski and Bennett have, as Bill Belichick said, "interchangeable" skill sets, the 6-foot-2 Harbor is in the "move" tight end mold: athletic and agile with the ball in his hands, able to serve as a fullback, and able to line up wide.
Jagaurs QB Blake Bortles said he spent two months in the offseason in California and was mentored at times by quarterback guru Tom House.
“Tightening mechanics,” Bortles said in explaining what House did for him. “Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that. Having a checklist and being able to say it was a bad throw and this is what went wrong and this is how you fix it.”
The Jaguars coaches weren’t allowed to start working with Bortles and the other players until the offseason program started this week, so the two-month workout helped Bortles work on fundamentals.
Bortles also got his weight down to 238 after finishing the season at 250.
Bortles averaged 12.0 fantasy points per game, which led to a #24 finish at his position. He's a passer who could make a leap in his second season if the Jaguars can give him time to throw and he can clean up his fundamentals. The receiving corps is young but talented, with Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and potentially Justin Blackmon all capable of producing when given the opportunity. The team signed Julius Thomas to provide a dangerous weapon at tight end. Bortles averaged nearly 30 yards rushing, so he offers some baseline production as a runner.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (knee, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. The probable tag means that Harbor is virtually certain to face the Browns.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 6.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. Harbor should be fine to face the Titans.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (back) practiced fully Wednesday. Harbor should be fine to face the Titans.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:12pm
Receiver Ace Sanders makes his season debut Sunday after missing the first four games with a drug suspension. It's good timing, too, because Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are out with hamstring injuries. That makes Sanders the most experienced receiver, and you can expect him to be on the field a lot, considering that tight end Clay Harbor played 61 snaps in his season debut Sunday. Sanders told me his conditioning won't be an issue.
Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:23am
For 30 minutes anyway, QB Blake Bortles showed glimpses of how dynamic and special he might be once the Jaguars get more proven talent around him. He made it look routine in a mistake-free first half, completing 15 of 18 passes for 149 yards.
And that was playing with five other rookies on his side of the ball, including tight end Nic Jacobs, a five-day-old employee signed off the New Orleans Saints practice squad. One of Bortles’ prettiest throws was his TD pass in the corner of the end zone, lobbing the ball over two defenders, to a spot where only Jacobs could bring it down.
More impressive, it was the way Bortles moved the offense up and down the field, doing it almost effortlessly on back-to-back scoring drives. On the first TD march, he zipped a third-down, 13-yard sideline pass to Cecil Shorts, then connected on a play-action throw to tight end Clay Harbor down the seam for another 22 yards.
“[Bortles] has a savvy about him to make big plays” said receiver Allen Robinson. “Just his ability to make plays when nothing’s there. I don’t think there’s any such thing as a dead play with him.”
The story went on to say that for the first time all season, the Jaguars’ offense looked lethal, even if it didn’t last long enough to keep them in the game. Another positive sign was after Philiop Rivers took the Chargers 83 yards for their first TD, Bortles responded with a 76-yard march of his own that featured another display of his instinct and athleticism. Bortles certainly has some fantasy upside and his defense is likely going to put him in position to throw a lot, so he'll have some lower-end fantasy value going forward and probably get a lot of garbage-time production as a result.
Jags WR Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) is out for the game.
Shorts can't seem to shake the hamstring issues. With Marquis Lee also out, WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns combined for 10 catches while TE Clay Harbor added eight more from rookie QB Blake Bortles. Outside of deep leagues, it's tough to put anyone from the Jags in your starting lineup.
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:54pm
Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. Harbor may start with Marcedes Lewis sidelined.
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) took full practice reps again Thursday. Harbor may start for the Jaguars, though he has never gained more than 55 yards in a single game.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm
Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) practiced fully Wednesday.
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