Jaguars Fantasy News

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling suggests Adrian Peterson will play more on third down this year with Toby Gerhart out of the picture:

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could find himself on the field in passing situations more often this year, getting asked to chip a defender before releasing on a pass route, he's probably not going to just be sitting in the backfield picking up blitzes.

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Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

The Jaguars feel Toby Gerhart be a back who can get more yards after contact (than Maurice Jones-Drew).

Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:05am

Manish Mehta on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets whiffed on top free agent RB choice: Donald Brown. Missed out Maurice Jones-Drew too. NYJ has some level of interest in Chris Johnson if available.

Fantasy Impact:

CJ2K was linked to Atlanta just a few days ago, however the Falcons have since denied interest. But, it seems to be a given the Titans are going to release Johnson sometime soon, seemingly giving Shonn Greene the first crack at the job.

Maurice Jones-Drew signs with Raiders
Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:43am

San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, according to a report late Thursday night by CSN Bay Area.

Jones-Drew, according to the report, is scheduled to have a physical on Friday morning. The report, citing two unnamed league sources, said a contract will be signed later in the day if no issues arise.

Jones-Drew, a De La Salle product, gives the Raiders a viable option in case oft-injured Darren McFadden stumbles.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones-Drew has been more durable and reliable than McFadden. He's missed just 14 games during his nine-year NFL career - 10 of those came in 2012 as a result of a foot injury, the story points out. But from a fantasy prospective, this makes the RB situation a bit of a mess in Oakland, because it's hard to imagine one taking on a pure backup role.

Bradley: Gerhart has 'ability to play all 3 downs'
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley went into some detail Tuesday about how much work newly signed running back Toby Gerhart could receive in 2014. And from the sound of it, Gerhart could get a good deal of the reps.

“He has the ability to play all three downs,” Bradley said Tuesday, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “How many carries he gets — we would like to run the ball over 40 percent of the time. There might be 28-30 carries in a game and there aren’t more running backs that carry more than 20 times a game."

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart continues to get high praise after signing with the Jags. He has the potential to be a solid RB2 option this fall. Bradley's comments fall in line with what we expect, anywhere from 15-20 carries a game. In limited games, Gerhart has excelled with a big workload.

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.

Lions will use more two-back sets in 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:44am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Lions signed Jed Collins to fill the traditional blocking fullback role. That follows the signing of tailback Joique Bell to a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

But the cash-strapped Lions also would not be making these investments if they were not serious about actually featuring all these backs in the offense. Team president Tom Lewand confirmed as much this week.

"You're going to see some more two-back sets," Lewand told a small crowd this week at the TAP restaurant in the MGM casino in downtown Detroit. He added that they would mimic what New Orleans has done with deploying a multitude of tailbacks.

"It's a very adaptable offense, and they want to use the talent and the guys that we have, not just one back at a time because that's what the personnel group calls for."

The Lions wanted to use more two-back sets last year after signing fullback Montell Owens, but Owens played only one offensive series due to a pair of knee injuries. Bell and Bush were occasionally featured on the field at the same time, though those formations usually split Bush out at receiver.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions are paying Bell about the same as what Ben Tate and Toby Gerhart signed for, so it's starting to look like Bell will play the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role in the Lions offense with Reggie Bush returning to more of a Darren Sproles-like role as a receiving specialist. Bell's stock is up while Bush's is down.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 11:28am

Ryan O'Halloran, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars signed WR Tandon Doss, played 15 games last year for Baltimore.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 11:14am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was involved on a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on Interstate 295 in Jacksonville.

The Florida Highway Patrol report said Blackmon was not injured, was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not involved.

The report said Blackmon’s 2009 Denali was traveling south on I-295 when the right rear tire blew out – the car left the road and collided into a guard-rail.

Bradley: Toby Gerhart is 'going to have a great opportunity'
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:49pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley talked about Toby Gerhart as a back that could regularly see between 15-20 touches a game.

Bradley said he likes Gerhart’s toughness and that it was great Gerhart is an experienced pro with limited career carries.

“He seems like a guy that the more he handles the ball the stronger he gets,” Bradley said. “He’ll pop one. He can make people miss. He has a toughness you can count on, can catch the ball and he’s great on third downs. He’s going to have a great opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Jaguars sign RB Toby Gerhart
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:38pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars just reached agreement with former Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will likely start for the Jaguars, though Jordan Todman could offer up some competition (assuming Maurice Jones-Drew signs elsewhere). Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:09pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars traded QB Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers for a 6th round pick.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:31am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have made plenty of changes this offseason, but it’s become clear that the starting quarterback position is Jake Locker’s job to lose.

He still has a ways to go in his recovery from the surgery he had shortly after suffering the Lisfranc injury in a Nov. 10 game against the Jaguars.

Locker’s right leg was placed in a cast after surgery. He discarded his crutches in January and his foot was placed in a walking boot, which he must wear for a few more weeks. He still can’t put any weight on the foot.

Later this month, he’ll have a procedure to remove the hardware that was inserted during surgery. He hopes to start running shortly thereafter and take part in organized team activities in June. Doctors have been “encouraged” with his recovery, Locker said.

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 12:17pm

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

The Jaguars are hoping Denard Robinson has an impact in the running back rotation.

“I’m intrigued to see,” coach Gus Bradley said at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s really competitive, and he’s really spirited. I think he went through last year and said, ‘OK, I don’t want to go through that feeling again.’ ”

That feeling was one of frustration. Robinson, 22, played 52 out of 1,056 snaps last year. In 10 games, he played no more than two snaps.

“I don’t think [Robinson] is a gimmick guy,” Bradley countered. “He can maybe run outside zone and get to the point where he runs north. But how can you tell off 10 runs?”

Steelers unlikely to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:47am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac on the possibility that WR Emmanuel Sanders leaves via free agency:

"I think they will stick with what they have, plus draft a tall receiver in the first or second round. I think they will let Sanders leave in free agency for a number of reasons and are perfectly comfortable thinking Markus Wheaton will not only replace him, but also be a much better receiver. Their intent is to take a tall receiver early -- they have already indicated that to Ben Roethlisberger -- another indication that Sanders will be gone."

Fantasy Impact:

If the Steelers do replAce Sanders with an early round draft pick, Wheaton will likely take over in the slot but may not be on the field in two-WR sets.