Player News - Jaguars

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Allen Robinson (ACL) said his injury is "not really an issue" for his upcoming free agency.

Robinson tore his ACL Week 1 of last season, but he believes he has shown enough to earn a big payday. "Every team across the league knows what I've done in this league and what I'm capable of," Robinson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. If his knee is right, Robinson is arguably the best available receiver in a solid free agent class, but the injury will almost certainly depress his market at least a little bit. The conversation may end up being pointless, however, as the Jaguars reportedly plan to place the franchise tag on Robinson if they cannot work out a long-term deal.
Feb 15 - 10:13 AM

First Coast News' Mike Kaye believes it's "nothing short of a formality" the Jaguars will release Chris Ivory this offseason.

Ivory led the AFC in rushing in 2015 with the Jets and parlayed it into a big contract with the Jaguars, one he hasn't lived up to in the least bit. Ivory has missed seven games to injury in his two years with Jacksonville and has rushed a combined 229 times for 821 yards (3.59 YPC) and four touchdowns. The Jaguars can clear nearly $6 million in cap space if they designate Ivory as a post-June 1 cut. T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant are Leonard Fournette's top backfield mates.
Jan 31 - 11:46 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Blake Bortles had surgery on his right wrist last Friday.

He’s battled the wrist issue since the 2016 season. This makes things tricky for the Jaguars, as Bortles’ 2018 fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury. It becomes guaranteed on the third day of the league year (March 16) if Bortles is still on the roster. Bortles' timeline for recovery is unknown, but it seems highly likely it will put the Jaguars in a tough position. Bortles returning to Jacksonville would likely halt the rumors of the Jags acquiring Kirk Cousins or Alex Smith.
Jan 29 - 10:52 PM

Allen Robinson (ACL) expects to be back to full health "relatively soon."

An impending free agent, Robinson's health is the only thing standing between him and a big payday, but he is not focusing on his contract situation. "I know the player that I am. I know the plays that I made. I know the plays I’m going to continue to make," Robinson said. "It doesn’t really bother me or I don’t really concern myself too much with that." Robinson added he would like to stick with the Jaguars, and he may end up getting his wish. The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville will tag Robinson if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal.
Source: ESPN
Jan 29 - 9:23 AM

The Florida Times Union doesn’t expect Jacksonville to re-sign free agent Marqise Lee.

The Jaguars are expected to prioritize re-signing Allen Robinson over Lee. Despite coming off another solid year, Lee struggles in the red-zone (eight career touchdowns) and has a history of soft-tissue injuries. Jacksonville should let Lee walk this offseason.
Jan 24 - 6:11 PM

The Jaguars could release Allen Hurns this offseason.

Hurns hasn't come close to living up to the five-year, $41 million deal he signed in 2016. He's missed 11 games the last two seasons and isn’t needed behind Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole. Releasing Hurns would clear $7 million in cap space.
Jan 24 - 6:05 PM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran predicts the Jaguars will use the franchise tag on impending free agent Allen Robinson if the sides can't agree on a multi-year contract.

Robinson is easily the Jaguars' biggest free agent, ahead of CB Aaron Colvin. Jacksonville only has eight players scheduled for free agency. Robinson missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL, but he expects to be cleared for a mostly-normal offseason. The franchise tag won't be cheap, but Robinson is the team's No. 1 receiver, and Jacksonville still has plenty of cap space. The receiver market already looks weak. A-Rob is one of the three best available.
Jan 24 - 9:54 AM

Jaguars signed CB Dexter McDougle and RB Tim Cook to reserve/future contracts.

McDougle began the year in Philadelphia but was let go when Ronald Darby returned from his ankle injury. He gives the Jags some insurance at slot corner should Aaron Colvin leave in free agency.
Jan 23 - 3:59 PM

Blake Bortles said he'd be "thrilled" to return to the Jaguars next season.

"I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here," said Bortles following Sunday's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "Hopefully that can happen." Bortles was a serviceable game manager for Jacksonville this season but remains the weak link on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Bortles' fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury, so Jacksonville could conceivably move on from him without any cap consequences. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith would be obvious replacements if the Jags decide to throw in the towel on Bortles this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Jaguars signed RB Brandon Wilds, WR Lamar Atkins, FB/DE Hunter Dimick, LB Brooks Ellis, OT Avery Gennesy, TE David Grinnage, S Charlie Miller, CB Sammy Seamster, WR Tevaun Smith and OT Brandon Thomas to reserve/future contracts.

Most of those players were already on the Jags' practice quad. Wilds logged 10 carries for the Jets as a rookie in 2016 but didn't see the field this past season.
Jan 22 - 3:52 PM

Corey Grant caught 3-of-3 targets for 59 yards in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Active over early-down plodder Chris Ivory, Grant added a two-yard rush. Just as he did during the regular campaign, Grant showed some serious juice as a change-of-pace option. Although he was buoyed by a 56-yard touchdown, Grant averaged 8.3 yards on his 30 regular season totes. The former UDFA is headed to restricted free agency. He turned 26 in December.
Jan 21 - 7:42 PM

Marcedes Lewis caught 1-of-3 targets for a four-yard touchdown in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Lewis appeared to be blatantly interfered with on each of his other two targets, but the refs swallowed their whistles. A catch-and-fall specialist who happened to fall five times in the end zone this season, Lewis is signed for $3.5 million in 2018. Although he's an excellent blocker, that could be too rich for the Jaguars.
Jan 21 - 7:39 PM

T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 25 yards in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots, adding two receptions for six additional yards.

The 2015 second-rounder established himself as Leonard Fournette's primary backup this season, handling the ball 79 times in 10 games. That included 30 receptions. Yeldon averaged 5.2 yards on his 49 carries, making him an effective change-of-pace and fill-in. Yeldon will try to show similarly well in the final year of his rookie contract before heading to free agency in 2019.
Jan 21 - 7:37 PM

Dede Westbrook caught 1-of-3 targets for 29 yards in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

A 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist at Oklahoma who flashed 4.39 wheels at the Sooners' Pro Day, 6-foot-0 Westbrook dropped to the fourth round because of concerns about his attitude and commitment. He had an elite preseason — 13/288/2 — but spent the first 10 weeks of the season on injured reserve after undergoing core muscle surgery. Westbrook made some big plays upon his return, but was out-shined by UDFA Keelan Cole. Not that Westbrook disappointed. With Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee both headed to free agency, Westbrook could have a big 2018 role. He's a strong hold in Dynasty leagues.
Jan 21 - 7:02 PM

Allen Hurns caught 6-of-7 targets for 80 yards in the Jaguars' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

The 80 yards were Hurns' most since Week 7. He missed Weeks 11-16 with an ankle issue. It was a disappointing year for a player who had a big opportunity after Allen Robinson was lost for the season in Week 1 with a knee injury. Robinson and Marqise Lee are both headed to free agency, but even if they both walk, Hurns could still return as the Jags' No. 3 receiver. Rookies Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook both came on strong down the stretch.
Jan 21 - 6:55 PM

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