Jaguars Fantasy News

Jaguars Beat: T.J. Yeldon will 'win the starting job' and become the team's 'feature back'

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer Mike DiRocco: "T.J. Yeldon will win the starting job and become the Jaguars' feature back. Denard Robinson will still have a significant role in the offense and Toby Gerhart will get work, too, but the Jaguars are counting on Yeldon to revitalize a run game that hasn't finished higher than 21st in the NFL since the 2011 season."

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart struggled with injuries last season and may play more of a fullback/H-back position this season. Denard Robinson was solid in stretches, but apparently the Jaguars don’t view him as an every-down, feature-type back. Yeldon’s upside will depend heavily on the growth of QB Blake Bortles and the entire Jacksonville offense, which suddenly has a young and talented receiving corps (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns) and a weapon at tight end in Julius Thomas.

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Jaguars plan to use Denard Robinson as kick returner and change-of-pace back

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:35pm

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Mike DiRocco predicts that T.J. Yeldon will start for the Jaguars at running back.

I originally had Denard Robinson here, but general manager David Caldwell said he's going to work as a kick returner in 2015. He fits more as a change-of-pace back, anyway. So the job goes to the second-round pick from Alabama. The Jaguars like his patience, running style and anticipation.

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart is also in the mix, but he's rumored to be slated for more of a fullback/H-back role for the team in 2015. As a team, the Jaguars averaged a healthy 4.5 YPC last season, which was 9th in the league. Unfortunately, they were last in the league in points scored, so rushing touchdowns may be tough to come by. The entire offense needs to take a step forward for Yeldon to post solid fantasy RB2 numbers.

NFL denies Justin Blackmon's reinstatement

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 11:37am

Mike Dempsey, Twitter - [Full Article]

Confirmed via AP, Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon did apply for reinstatement and was denied.

Fantasy Impact:

It does not appear likely that Blackmon will play in 2015. The Jaguars will go into the season with Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns as their top three receivers.

Jay Gruden hopeful that Robert Griffin III will make a 'big jump' in 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:41pm

PFT - [Full Article]

HC Jay Gruden called QB Robert Griffin III the Redskins’ starter this offseason and said Monday that he’s already seen a positive difference from Griffin when it comes to film study. Gruden expects to see the same kind of growth from Griffin on the field now that he’s more familiar with the scheme.

“Going into Year 2 in this system should be a big jump, you know,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post. “You’re not really thinking about who’s where, what’s my footwork. Everything should come a lot more natural for you, and hopefully, we see that transition from year one to year two in this system with the terminology and knowing where to go with your footwork and anticipation of getting the ball out quicker. Hopefully, that comes.”

Fantasy Impact:

RG3 averaged 12.0 fantasy points in the six games that he started (and finished) in 2014. That's what Blake Bortles averaged as the league's #24 fantasy quarterback. We know Griffin is capable of more, but he hasn't been the same player since his rookie season. Specifically, he's not running the ball as often or as effectively. If Gruden is right and the offense clicks in Year 2, then Griffin could be a nice value in the later rounds.

Jaguars say RB T.J. Yeldon looks 'pretty smooth' in rookie camp

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:57am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon exhibited many of the characteristics Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley talked about after drafting him.

“T.J. looked pretty smooth,” Bradley said. “A lot of the same things that we saw on tape. His ability to make quick decisions, spontaneous decisions, his instincts. One play really jumps out at me and it’s the same thing we saw on tape.”

Yeldon showed off his agility and acceleration during 11-on-11 work.

Fantasy Impact:

Toby Gerhart struggled with injuries last season and may play more of a fullback/H-back position this season. Denard Robinson was solid in stretches, but apparently the Jaguars don’t view him as an every-down, feature-type back. Yeldon’s upside will depend heavily on the growth of QB Blake Bortles and the entire Jacksonville offense, which suddenly has a young and talented receiving corps (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns) and a weapon at tight end in Julius Thomas.

Indications are that WR Justin Blackmon is no longer in Jaguars' plans

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:57am

PFT - [Full Article]

Via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union, Caldwell told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Monday that the team’s decision to draft two more receivers should provide an indication of the situation with Justin Blackmon.

The Jaguars added Florida State receiver Rashad Greene in the fifth round, and Monmouth receiver Neal Sterling in the seventh. There’s a chance that one, or both, won’t make the 53-man roster. Regardless, the message via the selection of two receivers is that the Jaguars are no longer holding a spot for Blackmon.

And for good reason. He last played in October 2013, and there’s no indication that he has remained clean long enough to get reinstated. There’s no indication, as recently noted by Big Cat Country, that Blackmon even wants to be reinstated.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jaguars already had a pretty good stable of young receiving talent in the form of Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. The fact that they drafted two more receivers indicates that they're looking to build at the position and don't view Blackmon as someone who is going to help them anytime soon.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles spent time 'tightening mechanics' with QB guru

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10:02am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

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 spent four days throwing to tight end Julius Thomas and three young Jaguars, Marqise Lee, Clay Harbor and Tony Washington.

Bortles also got his weight down to 238 after finishing the season at 250.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson (foot) has been cleared to play since February

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:58am

Jacksonville.com - [Full Article]

Just as he got comfortable last year, Jaguars RB Denard Robinson was injured. Add to that a new offensive system he will begin to learn this week. The foot is fine — Robinson said he was cleared to do everything in February. The role is to be defined — so he has spent the offseason working on catching passes and pass protection techniques.

“I just line up as a receiver and run routes and then run flares out of the backfield,” he said. “I feel a lot better than I did before.”

As for pass protection, new coordinator Greg Olson is expected to put a premium on it for running backs to play. Per Times-Union game charting, Robinson was on the hook for four sacks last year.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson saw at least 10 touches in eight games last season and averaged 12.5 fantasy points in PPR formats, and that equates to #13 RB numbers when extrapolated over a full 16-game season. At this point, the Jaguars are expected to draft a running back, so Robinson's position atop the depth chart is tenuous at best. A healthy Toby Gerhart would also be in the mix.

Broncos intend to use WR Emmanuel Sanders in the slot

Monday, April 13, 2015, 3:58pm

Lindsay Jones, Twitter - [Full Article]

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders says coaches have told him he'll play more in the slot in the three-WR set this year.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders performed very well in the slot last season, though he spent a majority of the time on the outside. He'll continue to play outside in two-WR sets and then move inside when the Broncos add a receiver to the formation. Sanders finished #5 in PPR formats and #7 in standard formats after catching 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. With TE Julius Thomas gone, we wouldn't expect Sanders' targets to drop much, so his 3rd round ADP in early drafts looks quite reasonable. We expect Cody Latimer to compete with Andre Caldwell for snaps in three-WR sets.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 9:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jaguars beat writer Mike DiRocco answered a question about RB Storm Johnson and getting more of a role in 2015.

DiRocco: Only if he improves his issues with pass protection. It's not a physical problem. He is willing to block and can do it. He just struggles knowing what his responsibilities are in certain protections and audibles. If he's able to figure that out then he will have more opportunities.

Fantasy Impact:

Blocking responsibilities are a big reason young RBs can't get on the field. The emergence of Denard Robinson last season could also limit Johnson's snaps. And don't forget about Toby Gerhart - DiRocco added that he thinks the starting spot will come down to Robinson or Gerhart in 2015. The team also signed Bernard Pierce this offseason.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 4:13pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Nate Washington signed a one-year deal for $1 million, including $30,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Washington will provide depth in the Houston receiving corps behind DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:48pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Panthers have signed running back Jordan Todman to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday.

"Jordan is a veteran running back who has had some success in the league," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "We think he has some return skills and we are always looking to be good in that area. At running back, he brings versatility. He is stout and physical enough to run the ball up inside, but he's got the quickness and speed to get outside to the corner."

Fantasy Impact:

Todman will provide depth behind Jonathan Stewart.

Bucs Beat: Austin Seferian-Jenkins 'expected to be featured' in new offense

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:36am

Pewter Report - [Full Article]

After finishing 2-14 with one of the league’s worst offenses, the Buccaneers replaced interim OC Marcus Arroyo with a proven NFL offensive coordinator in Dirk Koetter, and the one player who could benefit the most is Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is expected to be featured in Tampa Bay’s new offense.

The Bucs are so high on Seferian-Jenkins that he’s expected to be the starter in 2015 and the team did not go out in free agency and add a new tight end. The Bucs re-structured Myers’ contract to reflect the role of a backup tight end, and also re-signed blocking tight end Luke Stocker, but that’s it. The Bucs aren’t expected to address the tight end position in the draft, either, which means it’s up to Seferian-Jenkins to produce in 2015 and live up to his potential after an injury-riddled rookie campaign that ended with him on injured reserve due to an ailing back.

Seferian-Jenkins will be a featured weapon in Koetter’s offense and he should return to the form he showed in Washington when he hauled in 146 catches for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns in three seasons for the Huskies. While Koetter has the reputation for developing pocket passers everywhere he’s gone, he has also made stars out of tight ends.

Fantasy Impact:

Koetter has a history of featuring the tight end, coaxing a 58-700-10 season out of Marcedes Lewis in 2010 to go along with the 176 catches for 1,965 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons with Tony Gonzalez in 2012-2013. Seferian-Jenkins had an injury-riddled rookie season, but is a breakout candidate in his second season with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:09pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bernard Pierce claimed by Jaguars, according to league source.

Texans sign WR Cecil Shorts to a two-year deal

Monday, March 16, 2015, 3:19pm

John McLain, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans have agreed on a contract with WR Cecil Shorts.

Fantasy Impact:

In PPR formats, Shorts finished #25 in 2012 and #38 in 2013, so he has been fantasy relevant in his career. At this point, we're penciling him in as the starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins, but the team is likely to shore up the receiver position in the draft. Shorts isn't a threat to Hopkins up-and-coming status, and he's capable of turning in a fantasy starter-type season if he stays healthy and gets good quarterback play.

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