Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 5/26/17 11:08am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette impressed head coach Doug Marrone with his ability to catch the ball during OTAs, according to 1010XL AM's Hays Carlyon.
Huddle Up: One of the questions on Fournette during the draft process was his ability to be a threat out of the backfield, although LSU didn't do him many favors by rarely ever using him as one (41 catches in three seasons). If the No. 4 overall pick earns the coaching staff's trust as a receiver and blocker, he should quickly emerge as an every-down back and potential low-end RB1 in fantasy.
Chris Ivory - RBPosted 5/26/17 1:12pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Ivory looks to be in much better shape than he was in last season, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: Ivory likely will be competing for the No. 2 job during training camp with Leonard Fournette on the team. He likely will receive limited touches if he makes the 53-man roster and probably would only be a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 5/21/17 6:02pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was more effective running behind a fullback in college, and beat writer Ryan O'Halloran believes Fournette's biggest adjustment in the NFL will be receiving carries out of the shotgun and not regularly having a fullback.
Huddle Up: While Fournette will have to adjust to running out of some shotgun sets, the Jaguars have already added a couple of fullbacks after not carrying one on the roster last year. After Jacksonville spent the No. 4 pick on Fournette, the rookie should see all the carries he can handle. At worst, he should be a volume-based RB2.
Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 5/17/17 12:57pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette signed his four-year deal with the Jaguars Wednesday, May 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Fournette likely will be the starting running back for the Jaguars in 2017 and should receive most of the carries during games. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most leagues as long as he can stay healthy.
Dede Westbrook - WRPosted 5/16/17 10:07am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Westbrook may struggle for targets in Jacksonville behind Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. He's more of a late-round flier in deeper leagues in his first season in the NFL.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 5/13/17 10:37am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone believes there is 'no doubt' the way QB Blake Bortles is throwing the ball this offseason 'has improved'.
Huddle Up: As always, major improvement in correcting a fundamental is only good if it sticks when a quarterback is facing a live pass rush, so owners need to play the wait-and-see game at least until preseason action gets underway. Bortles spent his offseason working with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux, and it should be noted he worked hard on his mechanics prior to his breakout 2015 season, so there is reason for hope. Bortles is a high-upside QB2 who should be available late in drafts.
Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 5/13/17 2:45pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette will need to earn the starting running back job during offseason workouts and training camp even though he was the team's first-round pick, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars have Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon on the roster but Fournette should be considered the leading candidate for the starting job and likely will receive most of the carries in 2017. Owners in most leagues should consider Fournette a No. 2 or No. 3 running back if he starts.
Rashad Greene - WRPosted 5/10/17 11:45am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook will compete with WR Rashad Greene for the slot receiver job as well as the punt returner role. Westbrook may be the favorite for the job because the team likes his quickness and sudden change of direction.
Huddle Up: Westbrook was successful during his career at Oklahoma and could have a decent role in the passing game as a rookie. Owners will need to keep an eye on the competition because Westbrook could have some value in deeper leagues. He could be a solid option in keeper leagues because his role should grow over the next few years.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 5/1/17 8:24am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Bortles regressed in his third year with 3,905 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 16 INTs, but he's still just 25 years old. He'll be a low-end QB1 or a high-end QB2 option in fantasy.
Dede Westbrook - WRPosted 4/30/17 5:26pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook was kicked out of a 15- minute interview at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Add this to the list of off-the-field concerns for the explosive slot receiver. There's no denying Westbrook's talent, but with all the other red flags, he is only worth a flier in dynasty leagues.
Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 4/27/17 5:36pm ET
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Louisiana State RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Fournette likely will be the starting running back for the Jaguars as a rookie but will lose some playing time if Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon remains with the team. Owners in most fantasy leagues should consider him a No. 2 or No. 3 running back.
Leonard Fournette - RBPosted 4/27/17 6:07pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette's ideal playing weight is around 230 pounds, according to executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, and Coughlin said he doesn't have any questions about Fournette being able to play all three downs.
Huddle Up: While it's encouraging to hear Fournette talked about as a three- down back, he will likely lose some touches to either Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon, and Jacksonville's offensive line isn't an elite unit. Consider him a low-end RB2 or RB3 for now.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 4/23/17 4:13pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the team has not decided if they will pick up QB Blake Bortles' option this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars have a few more weeks to decide on Bortles' option, but he will have to play better if he wants a long-term deal from the Jaguars. He has thrown 69 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in his three years in the NFL and should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues in 2017.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 4/16/17 9:59am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will need to 'go back and build his foundation from the beginning,' according to head coach Doug Marrone. 'We told him (in January) we wanted him to make sure his arm was ready to go because there will be an increase in reps, which will help him. I?ve been with Drew (Brees) in New Orleans and obviously he?s a Hall of Fame-type quarterback and that?s the way we approached it with him and with the team. You start with the foundation and you look to see how fast they can work through the foundation,' Marrone said.
Huddle Up: Bortles has spent the offseason with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux in California and is still waiting for the team to decide whether or not it will pick up his $18 million option for 2018 by the league deadline on May 3. Talent is not a question with Bortles, so a bounce-back season could be in order if he doesn't abandon his mechanics and the line plays better. He's a high-upside QB2 option for now.
Allen Robinson - WRPosted 4/16/17 5:31pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson said he has 'earned' a contract extension but won't let talk of a new contract impact his performance. 'If we get something done, we do and if not, I have a big year coming ahead for me and I have an obligation to my teammates to play at a high level,' Robinson said.
Huddle Up: After a dominant 2015 season, Robinson was one of the biggest disappointments for fantasy owners last year. He still managed WR3 production, and he will be one of the top bounce-back candidates heading into 2017.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 3/26/17 10:05am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles is unlikely to see his fifth-year option for 2018 picked up by May 2 - the deadline to do so - according to the Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars could easily select a quarterback on either one of the first two days of the draft in order to put some pressure on Bortles, but it seems more likely they will go all-in with him one more time and try to shore up some other weaknesses instead. Bortles, who is spending his offseason working on mechanics, is very much facing a pivotal year and should be considered little more than a high-upside QB2 in fantasy drafts this summer.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 3/20/17 11:09pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he is 'confident' with what he's done this offseason, and that he'll be able to 'come help this team be as good as we possibly can be.' Bortles is in the process of adjusting his mechanics and throwing motion.
Huddle Up: It's no secret that Bortles was arguably one of the most disappointing players in all of fantasy football this past season, but the hope is he can return to his 2015 form by working with quarterback gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. He has a solid supporting cast around him on offense to pull it off, but owners should probably wait for him to show signs of life early on in the campaign before giving him a shot again.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 3/4/17 3:47pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is counting on a bounce-back season from QB Blake Bortles in 2017. 'That?s our hope and it?s not just our dream. And then it?s, ?How do we make it happen?? ? Blake has to organize himself and there is only so much we can do under the collective bargaining agreement. There is a lot of stuff Blake controls. We want to do everything to make Blake successful,' Khan said.
Huddle Up: Khan doesn't have much choice. Bortles' mechanics regressed in a big way last season, which contributed greatly to his demise. To that end, he has spent most of the offseason in California training with throwing guru Tom House, like he did in the 2015 offseason. It may be too much to ask for a return to his breakthrough 2015 campaign, but Jacksonville has enough weapons to help Bortles improve if he can become more efficient with his throwing motion.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/26/17 11:45am ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas wore out his welcome with the Jacksonville Jaguars in part due to his limitations as a blocker, according to a source, which called Thomas' blocking 'non-existent'.
Huddle Up: A former college basketball player, Thomas has never been a great blocker, so his struggles in that facet of the game certainly shouldn't have come as a surprise to the Jaguars, who will officially deal him to the Dolphins at the start of the new league year on March 9. Miami head coach Adam Gase was Thomas' offensive coordinator during his best years with the Denver Broncos and should be able to help his pupil climb back to low-end TE1 status in fantasy.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 2/24/17 10:26am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles did not receive a full commitment to remain the starter from Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin on Friday, Feb. 24.
Huddle Up: It should be noted Coughlin did not indicate the Jaguars would be moving on from Bortles either. Chad Henne and Brandon Allen are the only other quarterbacks on the roster, so any realistic challenger is going to have to come via free agency or the draft. Bortles is the odds-on favorite to remain the starter in Jacksonville, but he is firmly in QB2 territory in fantasy.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/22/17 6:00am ET
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas passed his physical with the club Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Huddle Up: Thomas will be in a familiar system he thrived in with the Denver Broncos, and he has a quarterback that has a knack of throwing to tight ends. It could be a great spot for him if he can stay healthy. He's a bounce-back pick as a TE2.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/20/17 9:38am ET
Updating previous reports, Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is no longer a part of the trade package designed to acquire Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert.
Huddle Up: There could be any number of reasons for this development, although the most likely are the Jaguars got cold feet or reasoned Thomas was worth more than the late-round pick they are reportedly giving up now to get Albert. Although a trade has reportedly been agreed to, expect more updates in the hours and days ahead before the trade can be officially consummated. If Thomas remains in Jacksonville, he's a high-end TE2 at best.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/20/17 2:24pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.
Huddle Up: The departure of Thomas means Marcedes Lewis and Ben Koyacek are likely the top candidates to take over the starting job, at least for now. The Jaguars could obviously add a tight end via free agency or the NFL Draft. If nothing changes, neither Lewis nor Koyacek should be drafted as TE1s.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/20/17 2:16pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas is being acquired by the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a late-round 2017 draft pick Monday, Feb. 20.
Huddle Up: Thomas has really come down to earth after two 12-touchdown seasons with the Denver Broncos. Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, too. The Dolphins are hoping for the Thomas of old with this trade, and he could be a valuable receiving threat, particularly in the red zone. That being said, expectations should be tempered. It's safer to draft Thomas as a backup fantasy tight end after he missed seven games last season.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/10/17 10:29am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas' contract calls for $3 million of his $7 million base salary for 2017 to become fully guaranteed at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 10, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: This obviously means if the Jaguars are going to part ways with Thomas this offseason, today would be a good day to make it happen. Jacksonville doesn't really need the cap space, but Thomas has been something of an injury-riddled disappointment in two years with the Jags. Ben Koyack flashed some potential throughout the season and could emerge as a serviceable fantasy TE2 in 2017 if Thomas is cut.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 1/26/17 1:16pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles still has a vote of confidence from general manager David Caldwell despite two rough seasons to start his young career. 'I think we can win a lot of games with Blake; I think we can win a Super Bowl with Blake,' Caldwell said. 'I think he needs to improve and I think we need to improve around him, too, in order for that to happen. I think the future is bright for him.'
Huddle Up: Whether or not Caldwell said these things with a straight face is unbeknownst to many, but good for him if he did. Bortles is mechanically flawed and has thrown 34 interceptions in his first two years. Despite that, he has finished comfortably in QB1 territory, largely thanks to garbage time in Jaguars' losses. View him as a low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 next season.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 1/12/17 7:32am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was endorsed as the team's quarterback Thursday, Jan. 12, by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin.
Huddle Up: Bortles' numbers weren't too far off from 2015 this season except he threw 12 fewer touchdowns. Entering his fourth season, he'll be in a make-or-break situation as a low-end QB1 or a high-end QB2 in fantasy.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 1/7/17 10:06am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he has no idea if the team will pick up the fifth-year option in his contract.
Huddle Up: Bortles had a disappoint 2016 season but did play better in the last two games of the season, so the Jaguars may pick up the option. Bortles should be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars next season and should be seen as a No. 2 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 1/5/17 6:59am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will spend this offseason working on his mechanics. He said he'll spend about 10 weeks working on his footwork, which he said was his biggest mechanical flaw. His windup and release will improve along with it, Bortles said. Bortles said part of his issue was that he was trying to be a stand-still passer, which has nothing to do with leaving the pocket, and that's just not something with which he's comfortable.
Huddle Up: Bortles was expected to take a leap forward in his third year, but it ended up being a bunny hop backwards. He's just going to be 25 next season, and there is still room to grow to reach his ceiling. He'll be a low-end QB1 possibility or a great QB2 flyer next season.
Blake Bortles - QBPosted 1/4/17 3:21pm ET
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles managed to pass for 3,905 yards and 23 touchdowns in an otherwise unimpressive season. He also ran for 359 yards and three touchdowns.
Huddle Up: The rushing numbers really aided Bortles' fantasy outlook. In one of the least impressive seasons in recent memory, Bortles thrived in garbage time throughout the season and played his way into QB1 territory. This is just another reminder that you don't have to be a good real-life quarterback to be a good fantasy quarterback.
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