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Jacksonville Jaguars

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2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    GB @ JAC

    09/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    JAC @ SD

    09/18/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 3

    BAL @ JAC

    09/25/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    bye

  • Week 5

    bye

  • Week 6

    JAC @ CHI

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    OAK @ JAC

    10/23/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    JAC @ TEN

    10/27/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 9

    JAC @ KC

    11/06/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    HOU @ JAC

    11/13/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    JAC @ DET

    11/20/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    JAC @ BUF

    11/27/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    DEN @ JAC

    12/04/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    LAR @ JAC

    12/11/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    JAC @ HOU

    12/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    JAC @ IND

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

1996 Jacksonville Jaguars

Entering the 1996 season the Jaguars were only one year removed from being a expansion team, and ending their first season with only four wins. The 1997 season didn't start out much better. After nine weeks into the season, they had only three wins, and after splitting the next two weeks, it looked like they were going to head back home at the conclusion of the regular season. But, something strange occurred.


Jacksonville went on a five game winning streak, and in their last game of the season, needing a victory to get into the playoffs, Morten Andersen of the Falcons missed the game winning field goal to put Jacksonville in the postseason. Jacksonville Jaguars entered the playoffs as a wild card team. In the opening round they faced the fourth seeded Buffalo Bills, in Buffalo. Even though this was a close game, the Jaguars came on top with a 30-27 victory. This set up a match-up with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were the number one seed, losing just three games on the season. Very few gave the Jaguars an even small chance of victory over the best team in football, who were favored by 14 points.


As predicted, the Broncos were dominating in the first quarter. They scored two touchdowns while disallowing the Jags from getting a first down. Vaughn Hebron scored the first touchdown on a one yard gain. On the Denver's second possession they scored again. This time John Elway connected with Shannon Sharpe for a 18-yard touchdown pass. This gave the Broncos a 12 point lead, due to one missed extra point that was blocked, and a failed two point conversion.


The second quarter, held redemption value for the Jaguars. They went on to score 13 points to take a one point lead (13-12). Mike Hollis connected on two field goals, and Natrone Means had a 8 yard run for a touchdown.


The third quarter saw more defense from Jacksonville. Denver only had 37 total yards on 14 plays. The Jaguars added a touchdown, when Mark Brunell hit Keenan McCardell for a 31 touchdown pass, taking a 20-12 lead into the fourth quarter.


The fourth quarter, Hollis put up another field goal, a 22 yarder, to increase their lead 23-12, with 11 minutes remaining in the game. The Broncos fought back with a touchdown of their own, as Terrelle Davis scored on a 2-yard touchdown. Denver went again for the two-point conversion and this time they were successful, shrinking the lead to 23-20. The Jaguars on their next possession drove down the field, and with just 3:39 remaining Brunell hit Jimmy Smith with a 16-yard touchdown pass, making the score 30-20. Elway led Denver down the field again, this time hitting Ed McCaffrey for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left. Due to no timeouts remaining, and the Broncos unable to recover the onside kick, Jacksonville went on to upset the Denver Broncos 30-27.


This was probably the best performance of Marc Brunell's career. He threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed for 44 yards. Natrone Means was also a key componet. He rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, while catching 7 passes for 24 yards. This was a crushing blow for the Broncos as they were good enough, and believed they were Super Bowl bound. "I'm just going to go home, sit on my couch and probably cry," Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe said afterward.


Even though the Jaguars lost the following week to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, the victory over the Broncos will be something that the fans and team will always feel as a great accomplishment.


 


By Vaaal-Verde


 


http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2013/01/13/close-jacksonville-loss-worse/18148/


http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22357577/jaguars-handed-broncos-painful-playoff-loss-16-years


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996–97_NFL_playoffs

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Bortles and Thomas continued to look nearly unstoppable

Bortles and Thomas continued to look nearly unstoppable in organized team activities and mini-camp this month. Thomas scored 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Broncos.

Pyro's take: Bortles and Thomas continued to look nearly unstoppable in organized team activities and mini-camp this month. Thomas scored 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Broncos. He’ll get double-digit scores this season. This is where Bortles can gain ground on last year’s touchdown total.

Fantasy Goo: In 2016 fantasy mock drafts, Julius Thomas is currently going 11th tight end in 12 team leagues. This is important for fantasy owners who would love to focus on running backs and wide receivers with their earlier picks. You can kick back with your favorite beer or energy drink and without sweating, grab a quality tight end around the 100th player taken overall. You can focus on the real game changers early with this strategy. Bortles may not hit 35 passing touchdowns but 30 seem to be a sure thing. I believe both Blake and Julius can be fantasy playoff players since you will have top notch players at RB and WR if you take either.


06/26/16, 06:17 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: jacksonville.com

Ivory or Yeldon for the Jags

“Ivory is someone that we’re counting on so his adapting to the offense is critical,” Olson said.

Pyro's take: “Ivory is someone that we’re counting on so his adapting to the offense is critical,” Olson said. Asked about Yeldon’s offseason, Bradley first mentioned his improvement in pass protection. Reading between the lines would suggest they have Yeldon ear-marked for a regular third down/fill-in early-down role and Ivory as the initial starter.

Fantasy Goo: This does sound about right as Ivory is the better big play and short yardage option. Ivory can change a games momentum with a single big play as he was nicknamed East-Mode in New York. Yeldon lacks the big play ability and fails the eye test. The problem for Ivory is staying healthy after a large workload. Chris Ivory ran out of gas toward the end of the 2015 season which led to the Jets using Bilal Powell often. Yeldon may be the Bilal of the team in Jacksonville.


06/18/16, 02:40 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: jacksonville.com

“He never drops a ball”

“He never drops a ball,” Bortles said.

Pyro's take: “He never drops a ball,” Bortles said. “He’s got unbelievable hands. He’s continued to work on routes and we’re fine-tuning the stuff he does that he really likes.” Thomas has caught 29 touchdowns over the last three seasons. That leads all tight ends over that span, just ahead of Seattle’s Jimmy Graham (28) New England’s Rob Gronkowski (27). Thomas caught 12 touchdowns each during the 2013-14 seasons for Denver.

Fantasy Goo: Break out the champagne because Julius Thomas is going to the Hall of Fame, THIS year! Well, we will slow our expectations to a possible Pro Bowl and fantasy owners will take that. There is little to not like about the potential of Bortles and Thomas becoming a household name duo in the fantasy world. It hurts to say it because they are JAGS but, last year did happen and Bortles tossed 35 TDs. Health… that’s the key for Thomas.


06/06/16, 09:36 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: jacksonville.com

Blake Bortles To Lead No Huddle Offense This Season

Offensive Coordinator

Pyro's take: Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson believes that this is the natural progression of QB Blake Bortles career, who is entering his third year as Jacksonville's quarterback. Bortles will supposedly have total control of the offense on these plays.

This adds another layer of intensity to the offensive attack the Jags are likely to have this year.The plethora of weapons at his disposal with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marquis Lee at wideout and TE Julius Thomas,not to mention RB tandem of Ivory and Yeldon, Bortles should have plenty of opportunities to make 2016 a special year.

06/05/16, 03:01 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

"Still can’t believe he wasn’t drafted"

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Before a game late in the 2014 season, Jacksonville Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan was on the sideline watching his players warm up when an onlooker motioned toward Allen Hurns.

Pyro's take: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Before a game late in the 2014 season, Jacksonville Jaguars receivers coach Jerry Sullivan was on the sideline watching his players warm up when an onlooker motioned toward Allen Hurns.

"Still can’t believe he wasn’t drafted," he said.

Allen Hurns has 115 catches for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons. AP Photo/Brian Blanco
Sullivan shook his head. It’s time, he said, to quit talking about teams passing on Hurns and instead start talking about the fact that the kid is a darn good football player.

Less than two years later, a player nobody was willing to take a chance on in the seventh round is regarded as one of the top young receivers in the NFL. He’s also a multi-millionaire after agreeing Thursday to a four-year contract extension that will pay him $40 million, including $20 million guaranteed.

However, Hurns is always going to identify with being unwanted. "It [the contract] for sure won’t change me," he said. "No matter how much money I make I’m still going to step on the field thinking about the day I went undrafted. That will stay with me forever."

Fantasy Goo: Allen Hurns will get drafted lower than he should this year and YOU can benefit from the mistakes of your league foes. They will not buy into Blake Bortles or they will not believe Hurns can produce with Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas catching balls and with an improved running game with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon. After watching a lot of Jags games last season I believe Blake Bortles feels just as confident in the red zone going to Allen Hurns (15 red zone targets) as much as the ultra-gifted Allen Robinson (21 red zone targets) and the proven threat Julius Thomas. Based on cost per draft spot I prefer Allen Hurns over Allen Robinson but, do not get me wrong as I love them both.


06/03/16, 06:32 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY STiFFKiTTY
Source: espn.go.com

Jaguars receiver cleared to return

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns

Pyro's take: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (sports hernia) was medically cleared for football activities and participated in individual drills with the team.

FANTASY GOO:
Allen Hurns was one of the great surprise darlings of the NFL last season despite being hampered with numerous injuries, including a sports hernia. He played through the ailments and put together a fantastic season on Jacksonville's high-octane offense that came out of nowhere. Hurns should be looked at as a great play in 2016 as he should see one-on-one coverage most of the time with full attention going the way of AR15 on the other side.

05/16/16, 12:26 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Allen Hurns will have surgery to repair a sports hernia Tuesday.

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Pyro's take: Mike via Twitter "Jaguars WR Allen Hurns tweets that he's having surgery today. He needs it to repair a sports hernia."

He should be ready to go for offseason work. The Jags offense is getting better and Hurns can turn up his 64-1031-10 stats.

01/19/16, 04:37 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: es.pn

Blake Bortles has a broken left thumb.

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Pyro's take: John Oehser via Twitter "QB Blake Bortles has a non-displad fracture on his left thumb (non-throwing hand). #Jaguars"

Blake Bortles should be fine when the offseason starts.

01/05/16, 10:35 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Jacksonville to re-sign TE Marcedes Lewis.

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Pyro's take: At this time last year, we figured Lewis would be gone, the same for when he took a $4 million pay cut before this year. But the thin tight end free agent class and Lewis’ acceptance of his role (15-181-0) likely result in his return. … Harbor re-signed with the Jaguars after 2013 and wants to return. … Jacobs and Ben Koyack, if he’s signed to a futures contract, could compete for the fourth tight end spot. … When Olson was hired, the Jaguars envisioned the offense being a predominant “12 personnel” ( 1 RB-2 WR-2 TE) team. But the emergence of the receivers could see Olson drawing up more plays in “11 personnel” (1 RB-3 WR-1 TE).--Ryan O'Halloran

01/03/16, 02:15 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: jacksonville.com

T.J. Yeldon (knee) won’t need offseason surgery.

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Pyro's take: Good news for T.J. Yeldon and for fantasy owners. Yeldon should be ready to go when OTA's come around.

01/03/16, 02:11 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: football.fantasysports.yahoo.com

Jaguars have confirmed coach Gus Bradley will return for a fourth season in 2016.

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Pyro's take: “I spoke to Gus Bradley [Tuesday] to confirm to him that he will continue as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. It’s evident to see how far we’ve come in many aspects of our game, and Gus deserves a lot of credit for that progress. It’s also evident the considerable work that remains to be done to be where we expect to be at this time next season, which is well above where we stand today. And Gus understands that.

“Dave Caldwell and I also spoke today and we are both confident that Gus will make 2016 the best year of his career. In the meantime, I expect his coaching staff and team to respond favorably to this news in preparation for Houston on Sunday and then begin thinking about what more they can provide next season. We have high ambitions.”

12/29/15, 08:37 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: jacksonville.com

Blake Bortles looking to capture all Jacksonville Jaguars records

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Pyro's take: Quarterback Blake Bortles already owns the franchise record for touchdown passes in a single season, with 35, but he might not end his record-breaking season there. He needs just 179 passing yards to break Mark Brunell's single-season record of 4,367. -- Mike DiRocco

12/29/15, 12:26 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Gus Bradley said he does not plan to sit healthy players Week 17 against the Texans.

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Pyro's take: “My mindset is that if the guys are healthy and they can go, we talk about always compete, so let’s compete,” Bradley said. “That doesn’t mean that there might not be some personnel changes or guys that we look at, just like what we did with [cornerback] Nick Marshall. If there’s a chance that we think that can help us, if we need to take a look at it, we’ll do it.”

There are four players that it would make sense to sit down in the finale or at least reduce their snaps: receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, tight end Julius Thomas and cornerback Davon House.

12/29/15, 12:08 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: jacksonville.com

Gus Bradley declined to update T.J. Yeldon's (sprained knee) status at Monday's presser.

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Pyro's take: John Oehser via Twitter "No update on RB T.J. Yeldon's sprained left knee. Team will update Wednesday. #Jaguars"

This doesnt look good for T.J. Yeldon, especially if the coach isnt willing to discuss the injury. Have to see on Weds what the verdict is.

Denard Robinson will start if Yeldon cannot go on Sunday,



12/14/15, 07:00 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Yeldon Faces a Defense Practically on Crutches

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Pyro's take: Yeldon will see the Indy D in Week 14. In his last matchup against them in week 4, he put up 105 rushing yards. This week, the Colts will be without 2 cornerbacks and 3 of their linebackers. That list of 5 missing players includes 3 starters. Plus, they have 2 other defenisve polayers that are currently Questionable. Out of 4 starting linebackers, today they will only suit up 1. I like Yeldon's chances of fantasy sucess against a limping, lumbering Colts D.

12/13/15, 09:20 AM CST by M O
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Allen Hurns (thigh) was downgraded to "limited" in Thursday's practice.

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Pyro's take: Even though he has been banged up this season, he has played in almost every game, missing just one. More than likely Jacksonville is just managing his reps.

12/10/15, 09:16 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Allen Hurns should return for Sunday's game against Colts

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Pyro's take: Jaguars wideout Allen Hurns can return to the lineup Sunday against the Colts after he cleared the league's concussion protocol. He suffered a brutal hit in the fourth quarter of their game against the Chargers and was held out last weekend against the Titans.

12/07/15, 05:38 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Hurns has been Ruled Out for Week 13

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Pyro's take: Hurns has been battling injury the past few weeks, and he has officially been ruled out for Week 13. Marqise Lee could be a sneaky play, he will be WR 2. Even Walters is Questionable. Lee will have a great opportunity and is the minimum price on Draft Kings, just $3,000.

12/05/15, 12:03 AM CST by M O
Source:

Greg Olson conceded it's unlikely Allen Hurns (concussion) will play Week 13 against the Titans.

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Pyro's take: Mark Long via Twitter "Greg Olson conceded it's unlikely Allen Hurns (concussion) will play Week 13 against the Titans."

Hurns didn't practice Wednesday and is in the early stages of the league's protocol.

12/02/15, 09:32 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Jaguars want Thomas to be more of a factor in the passing game

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Pyro's take: The Jaguars made an effort to get tight end Julius Thomas involved in the offense early in last week's game against Tennessee, in hopes it would help him and quarterback Blake Bortles improve their chemistry. It's something that's expected to continue this week. One coach told me the worry is Bortles will lock onto Thomas too often -- resulting in him missing other opportunities or throwing into coverage -- but the Jaguars are trying to minimize that risk. Bortles obviously feels more comfortable throwing to receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns because they've been on the field all season, but the Jaguars need him to get to that point with Thomas pretty quickly so that Thomas can be more of a factor in the red zone. -- Mike DiRocco

11/28/15, 05:15 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

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