Jaguars Fantasy News

Eagles ink TE Zach Ertz to a five-year deal

Monday, January 25, 2016, 11:31am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles locked down Zach Ertz.

The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) are the top three in average per year.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz finished as the #10 TE in standard scoring, but was #6 after his Week 8 bye, averaging 6.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.25 TD (on 8.8 targets per game) in his final eight games. On the season, he racked up 75 catches for 853 yards and two scores. Given his size and relative catch radius, his touchdown rate should increase eventually. Playing time was the issue in his first two NFL seasons, but he played 72% of the snaps in 2015 and 79% in his last five games.

Jaguars promote Todd Wash to defensive coordinator

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:57pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars are expected to promote Todd Wash, DL coach and run-game coordinator, to defensive coordinator, sources say. Fast-rise for him.

Fantasy Impact:

Wash does not have any experience as an NFL coordinator, though he has coached with HC Gus Bradley for a long time.

Bucs hire Mike Smith as defensive coordinator

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:22pm

Buccaneers - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith are combining forces once again. During a press conference at One Buccaneer Place Friday, in which Koetter was introduced as the Bucs 11th head coach in franchise history, Koetter announced Smith has agreed to join him as the Bucs new defensive coordinator.

It also marks the third time that Koetter and Smith have landed in the same NFL location, always as coordinators or head coaches. In the previous two stops, that pairing immediately helped produce a playoff team.

The two coaches first intersected in Jacksonville in 2007. That was the last year of Smith's very successful four-year run as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator; in 2008, he would be hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach. Koetter began a five-year stint as Jacksonville's offensive coordinator in '07, and he and Smith helped the Jaguars record an 11-5 record and a Wild Card playoff win. Jacksonville ranked sixth in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense that season.

In 2012, Smith brought Koetter to Atlanta to be his offensive coordinator, and the Falcons soared to a 13-3 record before suffering a narrow loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact:

As defensive coordinator, Smith led the Jacksonville defense to four consecutive top 10 appearances (in points allowed) from 2004-07. From 2008 to 2012, with Smith as head coach, the Falcons finished in the top 11 in points allowed three times in five years and the franchise didn't finish lower than 18th in that category until back-to-back finishes at the #27 spot in the last two years. Smith certainly has a resume of a good defensive mind and he knows Koetter well.

Jaguars fire DC Bob Babich

Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 4:37pm

NBC Sports - [Full Article]

Even though Gus Bradley is safe, you don’t have the kind of record the Jaguars have lately without changes.

The shoe dropped Tuesday, as the team announced defensive coordinator Bob Babich would not return.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jaguars were actually decent in yards allowed per play (5.4), but yielded the 2nd-most points and the 9th-most yards in the league.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 8:46pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns said Monday that he plans on having surgery to repair a sports hernia next week.

Hurns played nearly the entire season with the injury, yet he still caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. He missed only one game, and that was because of a concussion.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 1:32pm

Times-Union - [Full Article]

If Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is planning on shaking up his staff, he wasn’t providing any details today in his 36-minute press conference to wrap up the team’s 5-11 season.

The Jaguars closed the year Sunday with a 30-6 thumping at the hands of Houston.

“I want to get the truth – that’s what I want,” Bradley said. “You’ll say, ‘Gus, you had all season.’ A lot of the truths I know. But I think one of the things in my conversations with [GM] Dave [Caldwell] and [owner] Shad [Khan] is to do the due diligence and get all of the information and really have a strong sense. Until I do that, I’ll respect that [approach].”

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:10pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Texans wideout Nate Washington suffered a hip injury against the Jaguars and left the win early.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion, ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Hoyer will play against the Jaguars. He’s a Sneaky Start in a great matchup and the Texans need a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in seven of his last nine games.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. According to beat writer Michael DiRocco, Jaguars OC Greg Olson said that “the plan is to get a good look at RB Jonas Gray” in Sunday’s finale. Denard Robinson has only gained 48 rushing yards on 20 carries in favorable matchups over the last two weeks, so it’s not surprising that the team wants to evaluate Gray, who had success while playing for the Patriots.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Saints WR Marques Colston (chest, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Colston will miss the finale. Brandon Coleman played 51% of the snaps against the Jaguars, catching four passes for 45 yards.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (thigh, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Hurns should continue to play through the injury. Hurns is the #12 WR this year.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17. Robinson should be fine to face the Texans.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Texans QB Brian Hoyer (concussion, ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Hoyer will play against the Jaguars. He’s a Sneaky Start in a great matchup and the Texans need a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in seven of his last nine games.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Yeldon is not expected to return this week. According to beat writer Michael DiRocco, Jaguars OC Greg Olson said that “the plan is to get a good look at RB Jonas Gray” in Sunday’s finale. Denard Robinson has only gained 48 rushing yards on 20 carries in favorable matchups over the last two weeks, so it’s not surprising that the team wants to evaluate Gray, who had success while playing for the Patriots.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Hurns should continue to play through the injury.

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