Jaguars Fantasy News

Saints told RB Mark Ingram they want him back

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:50pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back.

"They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come back."

Fantasy Impact:

The market for free agent running backs has dried up considerably in recent years, but Ingram should be able to garner the $3 million per year (or so) that Toby Gerhart and Rashad Jennings received last year. Ingram would hold RB2-type value if he returns to New Orleans since a healthy Khiry Robinson would likely cap Ingram's workload. Robinson's injuries played a big role in Ingram getting the 19.6 touches per game that he saw in 2014.

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Jaguars hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 10:33pm

Jason LaCanfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Jaguars are hiring Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Olson's offenses have been consistently mediocre, but Derek Carr showed some flashes last season. Olson's '06 Rams were 6th in yards and 10th in points scored. He'll lead a young offense featuring Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and perhaps Justin Blackmon.

Raiders expected to name Jack Del Rio as their next head coach

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 10:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jack Del Rio is expected to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning, citing two sources informed of the team's thinking, that signs point to the former Broncos defensive coordinator and Jaguars head coach being the next man tapped to lead the middling franchise out of a playoff drought that began in 2002. Rapoport adds that the Raiders decided Tuesday against sticking with interim coach Tony Sparano.

Fantasy Impact:

In nine seasons as the Jaguars head coach, Del Rio compiled a 68-71 record. He spent the last three years as the defensive coordinator for the Broncos, who were 3rd in total defense (and 16th in points allowed) in 2014.

Buccaneers hire Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:44am

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter, 55, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buccaneers with an option in 2017. He interviewed for the job last week and brings familiarity with the NFC South. Before coming to Atlanta, he spent five seasons as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, following stints as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.

During his three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked eighth, 14th and eighth in total offense. The Falcons' Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history under Koetter, as well as three of the four highest completion percentage seasons.

That's important because the Bucs have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and are in position to select either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon junior Marcus Mariota, who has yet to declare.

Koetter runs a pro-style offense that is heavy on the passing side, which could be a fit for Winston. But he also has a strong connection on the Mariota side — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was Koetter's quarterbacks coach for eight years, at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05).

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a good hire for whomever the Bucs tap to be quarterback in 2015.

Jags hoping to get back WR Justin Blackmon in 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 2:30pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Despite significant contributions from three rookie receivers this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping Justin Blackmon will return in 2015.

General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's "hearing good things" about Blackmon, who is suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

"We hope he comes back because we know he's talented," Caldwell said. "But we know he's also a good person that's fighting a tough battle. I think we have to treat it as a luxury. If he comes back, that's great. If he doesn't, we can't count on it."

Caldwell said in April he didn't expect Blackmon to play in 2014. He responded by drafting Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round and adding Allen Hurns as an undrafted free agent. The trio combined to catch 136 passes for 1,647 yards and nine touchdowns as rookies.

Fantasy Impact:

Blackmon certainly would bolster the unit, especially if veteran Cecil Shorts III hits free agency as expected. Blackmon voluntarily checked into a 90-day treatment facility earlier this season, and coach Gus Bradley said back then that updates from Blackmon's agent were positive. Blackmon was suspended without pay in November 2013 for at least a year for his latest violation. NFL rules prohibit coaches and general managers from having contact with players suspended indefinitely. Blackmon has already proved he has the talent, but would be a risky fantasy pick aside from a safer spot in the middle of the draft.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Bortles should be fine to face a tough Houston defense.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart (ribs, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Gerhart is expected to play through the rib injury.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Shorts will be fine to face Houston.

Saints RB Mark Ingram optimistic about his chances in free agency

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Mark Ingram is wrapping up the final year of his contract with the team and preparing to head into free agency after his best NFL season. Ingram missed three games early in the season, but has since held up well under a heavy workload caused by injuries other backs. Ingram has set career highs in attempts, yards, receptions and touchdowns and thinks he’s sold himself well in the process.

“Yeah, I think that’s a good thing, seeing that I could carry the ball and be out there doing whatever they ask me to do for a stretch of time and be healthy,” Ingram said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Running backs have not found a friendly market in free agency in recent years, so Ingram will have to buck that trend to land a big contract. That will be tough in a year when DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, C.J. Spiller and Frank Gore are also set to make up a crowded free agent market at the position, but coming off his best pro season shouldn’t hurt when it comes time for Ingram to talk contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram's 75.6 rushing yards per game are the 7th-highest this season. He's not going to land a big contract due to how the position has been devalued in recent years, but he should be able to match the three-year, $10.5 million that Toby Gerhart got in Jacksonville. If Ingram leaves, Khiry Robinson figures to take over the role as the team's primary between-the-tackles runner. Robinson is signed through the 2015 season.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:04pm

Jaguars Inactives
Andre Branch DE
Matt Daniels DB
Jeremy Harris CB
Roy Miller DT
Tyler Shatley G
Tommy Streeter WR
Teddy Williams DB

Fantasy Impact:

Blake Bortles is active and starting as expected.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bortles has a foot injury, but is expected to start on Thursday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (elbow, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. The probable tag indicates that Lee will play on Thursday.

Kendall Wright hopes to play Thursday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:58pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans receiver Kendall Wright wants to play on Thursday against the Jaguars.

And on Tuesday, after missing the last two games with a cracked bone in his hand, he went through practice without any issues.

"My feeling is I want to play, and if it feels like I felt today, then I'll be a go,'' Wright said. "But if it hurts or gets worse, I wouldn't go out there. … I want to be able to catch, block and be a complete receiver when I am out there. That's the main thing."

Fantasy Impact:

Wright said his status remains unclear. It all depends on how he feels on Wednesday. The hand remains sore, and it hurts when he catches the football, the story said. The Titan offense is not one to trust in this time of the fantasy playoffs.

Blake Bortles out of boot, expected to start

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:41pm

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

Blake Bortles is out of his boot.

That’s a step in the right direction in terms of the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback playing Thursday, which Jedd Fisch believes Bortles will do.

Fisch, the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, said while Bortles did not participate in the team’s light work on Monday evening, he is preparing as if Bortles will play and start against the Tennessee Titans Thursday.

“As far as I know, it’s going to be Blake,” Fisch said Tuesday as the Jaguars (2-12) prepared to play the Titans (2-12) at EverBank Field Thursday at 8:25 p.m.

“We’re going to obviously see how he practices. He did not participate (Monday), so we’ll have to see how he does today, then see how it looks today and tomorrow.

“The plan right now is to see how he feels.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans are ranked 19th in allowing fantasy points to QBs. Even in what is an OK matchup on paper, it's tough to trust Bortles even as a QB2 if this is your fantasy final, but it's looking like he's going to be able to play.

Blake Bortles dealing with sprained foot

Monday, December 15, 2014, 2:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Tennessee will be in Jacksonville to face the 2-11 Jaguars in the final Thursday night game of the year. The Titans have already beaten the Jaguars once, so another win this week would guarantee they finish ahead of Jacksonville and that they will pick no higher than second once the first round gets underway.

There’s a chance that they’ll be facing Chad Henne instead of Blake Bortles in that contest. Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars coach Gus Bradley deemed Bortles questionable for that game because of a sprain in the middle of his right foot.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story says, Bortles played every snap in Sunday’s 20-12 loss to the Ravens and absorbed eight sacks on the way to defeat, but it wasn’t immediately apparent during the game that he suffered an injury. He’s been on the injury report in recent weeks, perhaps because of the 46 overall sacks the team’s allowed since he took over for Henne earlier this season, but not because of a foot issue.