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Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:05am
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie receiver Rashad Greene got a lot of early playing time against the New York Giants on Saturday night and it sounds like that's going to continue throughout the rest of the preseason.
Coach Gus Bradley said the team made the decision to use more three receiver formations with tight end Julius Thomas (fractured hand) out for the rest of the preseason. With Marqise Lee out with a hamstring injury, Greene got the extra work. He was on the field a lot with the first-team offense during its three drives and was targeted four times and caught two passes for 14 yards.
"With the injury to Julius it put us in a position where we wanted to play with three-wide a little bit more and really evaluate that position," Bradley said. "[Greene] took advantage of it [with] a nice catch in the game and just some of the things that we've seen in practice."
Greene had a quiet start to training camp and that might have partly because of a sore Achilles, Bradley said. Once that eased, Greene started making plays, the story said. One might assume that once Thomas returns, the Jags may use less three-WR sets. Greene's fantasy value is still a question mark with so much young talent at the position and a young QB behind a line that sometimes struggles. He's at least a name to monitor as he seems to be taking advantage of the injuries.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 10:27pm
Thomas takes his talents to Jacksonville this season after catching 12 TD passes in Denver last year. He is a big target for second-year quarterback Blake Bortles and will see plenty of targets in the Jaguars offense.
A hand injury has sidelined Thomas for the entire preseason, robbing him of time to develop chemistry with Bortles. This Jaguars offense is also nowhere near as potent as the one he played in with the Broncos.
Thomas has bust written all over him in terms of where he's being drafted - rounds 7 to 9. He's not going to catch 12 TDs again this season and his other numbers - 43 catches for 489 yards - were nothing special. If Thomas puts up similar catch and yardage numbers this season with half the TD production, he is not worth his ADP.
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