Player News - Jaguars

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The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports Marcell Dareus is facing two separate lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault.

The first came to light on Wednesday, and Auman reports Dareus is facing another suit in connection with an incident which allegedly happened in January of 2017. Both suits accuse Dareus of raping an unconscious woman. Dareus is reportedly due in court on August 9 for a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Jul 12 - 9:44 AM

Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus has been sued for assaulting a woman in early April.

The allegations are serious but Dareus isn't yet facing any criminal charges. Dareus will be subject to the league's Personal Conduct Policy and faces a possible suspension. It's a bad development for a player that's been trending down the last two seasons.
Source: News 4 JAX
Jul 11 - 8:09 PM

First Coast News considers T.J. Yeldon the "clear cut" No. 2 back behind Leonard Fournette.

Yeldon shared backup duties with Chris Ivory last year. His pass blocking is enough to keep him ahead of Corey Grant, but there's not much standalone value. Yeldon should see a handful of weekly touches as a third down complement to Fournette.
Jul 11 - 4:22 PM

Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett believes Blake Bortles' progression will allow the passing game "to be a lot more aggressive."

"We’re in a great situation, because a very good line, and we have very good running backs, which will allow us to run the ball," Hackett said. "Now it’s going to allow us to be a lot more aggressive because you can trust that Blake is going to make the right decision more consistently." Bortles dominated down the field during his best season in 2015, completing a league-high 72 passes of 20 yards or more and averaging 12.5 yards per completion, but he has struggled to recapture that form the last two years. While the offense should remain run-heavy, it sounds like Bortles will get more opportunities to push it deep this season. Bortles is a good value in two-quarterback formats.
Source: MMQB
Jul 2 - 10:33 AM

Jaguars DE Dante Fowler sat out the offseason program with an upper-body injury.

The Jags did not reveal the nature of the injury, but 1010 XL's Hays Carlyon reports Fowler "has lost sizable muscle mass in his upper body." When asked if Fowler would be ready for training camp, coach Doug Marrone said, "We will just see." The injury is a big concern for Fowler, who is entering a contract year after Jacksonville declined his fifth-year option in May. He needs as much playing time as he can earn, and it will be tough for him to earn those snaps if he is forced to miss time in camp.
Source: 1010 XL
Jun 26 - 10:54 AM

Blake Bortles said he feels more comfortable in the Jaguars' offense after adjusting to a new coaching staff in 2017.

"When we started last year, it was kind of an elementary level, in terms of ‘I’m hearing the play, I’m thinking about the footwork I have to take, the identification, trying to remember what routes guys are running and all that," he said. "Now, I think I’m kind of owning the offense and having a better understanding of it." No one would ever mistake Bortles for Aaron Rodgers, though he should at least benefit from a strong supporting cast in Jacksonville. He signed a three-year extension this offseason, keeping him in Duval through his age-28 season.
Jun 24 - 12:23 PM

Jaguars OLB Blair Brown is expected to start on the strong side.

Brown played with the first-team defense in offseason workouts. He has the early edge over Donald Payne and seventh-rounder Leon Jacobs. With Telvin Smith and Myles Jack in every-down roles, Brown should be limited to base sets.
Jun 23 - 7:12 PM

Jaguars signed WR DeAndre Smelter.

DT Michael Hughes was waived in the corresponding roster move. Smelter was added to the 90-man roster after attending the Jaguars' three-day minicamp earlier this week. The 26-year-old has appeared in just two NFL games—both with San Francisco—since arriving in the league as a fourth-round pick in 2015. His chances of making the team out of training camp are slim to none.
Jun 15 - 4:25 PM

Jaguars.com expects Austin Seferian-Jenkins to be an "integral" part of the team's offense.

ASJ has apparently drawn praise for his "work ethic and approach," as well as "appeared in sync with Blake Bortles." ASJ averaged a sluggish 7.1 yards per catch in last year's comeback season, but his $4 million guaranteed is an indication the Jags do indeed have big plans. Although he will be competing for targets with a crowded receiver corps, ASJ should be a strong TE2 in 2018.
Source: jaguars.com
Jun 14 - 3:47 PM

Jaguars DE Dante Fowler said he wants to "put good film out there for everybody to see."

The Jaguars declined Fowler's fifth-year option despite an eight-sack campaign last season, making this a contract year. While the team has said they want Fowler to "have a great season and earn a new long-term contract with us," the defensive end seems to have his eyes on the open market. ″I know how good of a player I am,″ Fowler said. "When I go out there, I’m going to make the best of my opportunities every time. I’m working hard to have the best season of my career."
Jun 14 - 9:27 AM

Leonard Fournette said his goal is to play at his college weight this season.

Fournette was listed at 228 last season after tipping the scales at 240 at the Combine. "I feel like I play my best at what I played at in college, 223, 224 (pounds)," Fournette said Tuesday. "I put in my best at that weight and why not (get back there)?" Reporter Mike Kaye described Fournette as "much leaner." ESPN's Michael DiRocco made a similar observation last month. It's the right decision from Fournette after stamina and durability were question marks as a rookie.
Jun 12 - 2:27 PM

Free agent WR DeAndre Smelter will participate in Jaguars minicamp on a tryout basis.

Smelter was a 2015 fourth-round pick by then-49ers GM Trent Baalke. The 6'2/227 ex-Georgia Tech wideout has mouthwatering traits but has never been able to stay healthy. He spent four months with the Colts earlier this offseason.
Jun 11 - 9:07 PM

Third-round Jaguars S Ronnie Harrison is beginning his career at strong safety.

This was the expectation based on Harrison's pre-draft measurables. "I think he is going to be a very physical football player," DC Perry Fewell said Thursday. "We do not know that until pads come on, but he has the traits of having the height, weight, size and speed that you look for in a good football player." Harrison could also see snaps as a dime coverage 'backer, and will certainly feature on special teams as a rookie.
Source: jaguars.com
Jun 7 - 4:31 PM

According to First Coast News' Mike Kaye, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Blake Bortles have established a "strong connection" at OTAs.

The two have regularly hooked up on "downfield lobs" with ASJ's ability to regularly get open down the seam of the defense being one of the ongoing features of OTAs. ASJ inked a two-year deal with Jacksonville in March, and following the release of Marcedes Lewis, should be an every-down player. Seferian-Jenkins has a decent shot at finishing as a top-12 fantasy tight end.
Jun 6 - 10:50 AM

Jaguars second-round WR D.J. Chark has predominantly been featured on special teams early in OTAs.

"[STs coach Joe DeCamillis] has me at punt returner, kick returner, kickoff [coverage], punt [coverage], the gunner," Chark said. "By the time we get to training camp, I'll have more of a good idea of where I'll be. I know I'll be somewhere on special teams." It's wise to feature the long (6'3/199) and fast (4.34 forty) Chark in this fashion, and it's likely where his focus will be as a rookie. We doubt Chark makes a significant offensive impact in year one.
Jun 6 - 10:47 AM


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