Jaguars Fantasy News
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:12pm
One guy quietly having a good camp is Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis. He said during the spring that this has been his best offseason and he feels the best he has in a long time. That has shown up so far in training camp. He’s catching pretty much everything and it looks like the Jaguars are going to keep him involved in the offense the way he was during the last month of the 2013 season, when he caught 16 passes (four TDs) in the final five games. He remains one of the league’s top blocking tight ends.
Lewis is one of our favorite dirt-cheap options at the position. The team was pleased with his play once he returned from injury last season. He’s a good blocker and is a big target in the redzone. He was the #8 TE in the final eight games of the 2013 season.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:07am
Veteran Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne said Sunday he has the green light from offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch to audible as much as he wants to.
“He’s pretty much given us all the tools. Whatever we see out there, if we have to throw it every down because they’re giving so many guys at the line of scrimmage, we’ll throw it,’’ Henne said.
He added, “It’s still difficult at times because the defense is throwing everything at us right now, but if we see something we like, we have the green light to go get it. That’s what makes a good quarterback in this league, getting in the right plays,’’ he said.
This could give Henne a little boost in value, especially with some young and talented WRs surrounding him. But Henne is still probably not going to be more than a very low-end QB2 or committee-type fantasy QB.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 11:04am
Clay Harbor, the only tight end on the Jaguars roster besides Marcedes Lewis who has caught a pass in an NFL game, was sidelined with a strained calf muscle Monday night during the team’s practice at Bartram Trail High School.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:35pm
Jaguars WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson have stood out during the first few days of Jacksonville's training camp — and not just because they're running with the first-team offense. Lee's speed and athleticism have provided several highlights, and Robinson's size and sure hands have been equally impressive.
"Both of them are coming along and making big plays out there," quarterback Chad Henne said.
The two rookies are taking advantage of their time. One of the two will likely start, assuming Cecil Shorts returns healthy to take one spot. Justin Blackmon is likely gone and Ace Sanders is suspended the first four games.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:17am
Running back Toby Gerhart's first day in pads went just the way Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley envisioned it would when he signed the former Stanford standout to a free-agent contract in March.
"...He had a gap scheme with a small space, and he stayed true to it and hit it and had good pad level," Bradley said. "I think it was a good sign."
In other words, the 6-foot, 231-pound Gerhart pounded through the hole, which is exactly what the Jags want, writes the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino.
"I try not to explode and blow up one of my teammates. I’m a bigger back, a power back," Gerhart said. "I’m able to wear defenses down. I feel like the more carries I get, the better rhythm I have. I get lathered up. I think I’m at my best when I get multiple carries in a row."
Gerhart is a very interesting fantasy prospect at RB this season. The former Adrian Peterson backup is getting his chance to be a three-down back for the Jags. He's touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and averaged low-end RB1 numbers, so the potential is there. We have him ranked as a mid-range RB2 at 17th with an attractive low-fourth round ADP.
Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts, the team's No. 1 pass-catcher, will miss multiple weeks of camp, coach Gus Bradley said Saturday, per the team's official website. Shorts missed time in OTAs with a calf injury and pulled a hamstring on Friday. Bradley wasn't worried about Shorts' readiness for the season, but it's a discouraging start to camp. The injury helps to highlight the lack of experience at the position for the Jaguars.
Shorts is something of a middle round sleeper, but his stock is going to take a hit with the hamstring injury. It doesn't sound like it will impact his availability for Week 1, but it's not a good start for a receiver who has struggled with injuries for the past few seasons.
Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts left the team's first training camp practice with a tight hamstring. The injury isn't expected to be serious and coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars pulled Shorts as a precautionary measure. Shorts said he expects to be back on the field this weekend. "Things are going to pop up," he said. "It's football. Things happen. I'll continue to take care of my body. If I'm able to practice [on Saturday], I'm practicing." Shorts missed most of OTAs and minicamp with tightness in his calf.
Shorts gutted through a sports hernia on his way to a 66-777-3 season. The 55-979-7 line he posted in 2012 (his second season) is a better indication of what he’s capable of. The addition of Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson should actually help Shorts avoid double coverage. Hopefully the hamstring injury isn't a big deal.
Justin Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver under indefinite NFL suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was arrested Wednesday night in Edmond, Okla., for alleged marijuana possession and a driving violation, according to the Edmond police department. "He did go ahead and admit that there was marijuana in the vehicle," said Jenny Monroe, public information officer for the Edmond police. " … Mr. Blackmon said he had been smoking a blunt marijuana (marijuana cigar) while he was driving and that there was another full blunt within the car in a box, and that's exactly what our officer's found in the vehicle."
It doesn't look like Blackmon will return to the NFL anytime soon, if ever.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:01am
Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered an ankle injury and WR Allen Robinson hurt his hamstring, which led to both rookies being limited participants during the team’s offseason work. Robinson said that he’s been cleared to practice when training camp gets underway on Friday and Lee says he’s healthy as well, although it doesn’t sound like he’ll be going full speed right away. “Everything’s good,” Lee said, via the team’s website. “I’m pretty much cleared. They still want me to take it slow as far as right now. During camp, that’s when I pick it up. We’ve got a while before we actually put on pads, so by that time pads come on, I should be OK.”
Lee was running as a starter opposite Cecil Shorts prior to injuring his ankle, so we give him the inside track to starter's snaps if he can get healthy and pick up things quickly. Robinson has more size, so he may be a bigger factor in the redzone.
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders says he is facing a four-game suspension and won't be around for the majority of training camp. Sanders held a conference call with reporters Tuesday evening to disclose his looming punishment. He declined to discuss the reason for the pending suspension, but says "personal reasons" will prevent him from attending the start of training camp Friday.
Sanders was expected to compete for snaps in the slot, though this setback may threaten his spot on the roster.
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:43pm
Jaguars beat writer Michael DiRocco on the potential impact of WRs Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson: They'll be significant parts of the rotation early in the season, but it's hard for rookie receivers to make a big impact. It has happened -- look at San Diego's Keenan Allen last season -- and the Jaguars do need help at receiver, but it's more realistic to believe Lee and Robinson will finish their first seasons with somewhere around 40 catches.
Both rookies missed OTAs with injuries, but Lee was running as the “Z” receiver opposite starter Cecil Shorts prior to turning his ankle, so I think he has the inside track to start. The Jaguars don’t have a great passing game, but I’m betting Lee (or Robinson, if he wins the job) will be fantasy relevant (top 60) in 2014.
"(Toby Gerhart) will be our workhorse," Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch told the Florida Times-Union recently. "Toby has the ability to do it all. He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he's going to be in the game a lot -- third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs," Fisch said.
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 start for the Jaguars and should see a lot of work in that role. Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back. For more on Gerhart's potential productivity, click here.
A big key is getting more production from the starting running back position. In is Toby Gerhart, replacing long-time face of the franchise Maurice Jones-Drew. Bradley said this week Gerhart is faster than the coaches saw on tape, which will allow him to break more long runs.
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 start for the Jaguars and should see a lot of work in that role. Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back. For a more in-depth look at Gerhart's potential production, click here.
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 10:27am
Jaguars.com writer John Oehser predicts that RB Jordan Todman will be the primary backup to Toby Gerhart: "Todman indeed played well last season when he had the opportunity and I’d expect him to be the top backup this season to Toby Gerhart. His strength indeed is as a runner more than protection or receiving, but I’d still say he’s the top option to start if Gerhart is unavailable."
There are those who believe rookie Storm Johnson is the proper handcuff to Gerhart, but we agree with Oehser. He actually listed Johnson fourth behind Gerhart, Todman and Denard Robinson.
Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:59pm
There are several reasons Mike Brown is in Minnesota this week, but the biggest one is simple. There’s really nowhere else he would rather be. The same is true of Cecil Shorts III, who – like Brown, his teammate in the Jaguars’ wide receivers corps – is in Minneapolis, Minn., with a slew of NFL wide receivers and quarterbacks at Larry Fitzgerald’s annual offseason workout camp at the University of Minnesota.
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