Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    JAC @ PHI


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    JAC @ WAS


    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    IND @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    JAC @ SD


    4:00 pm

  • Week 5

    PIT @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    JAC @ TEN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    CLE @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    MIA @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    JAC @ CIN


    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    DAL @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11


  • Week 12

    JAC @ IND


    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    NYG @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    HOU @ JAC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    JAC @ BAL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC


    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    JAC @ HOU


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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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.


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Gerhart Workhorse

Updating on previous reports, offensive coordinator Jed Fisch stated “Toby will be our workhorse," Fisch went on to say that: "Toby has the ability to do it all. He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he's going to be in the game a lot on third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs."

Pyro's take: No doubt that Fisch wants Toby Gerhart involved as much as possible, but the whole back-field is a big question mark, as nobody knows if Gerhart can be a bell-cow, or even a good running back. Not only is Toby Gerhart a questionable option, but the Jaguars have other options in Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson, but Jed Fisch believes that both are change-of-pace backs.

When looking at Gerhart for your fantasy team he will hold more value in a PPR league than standard, due to his ability to catch the ball. I also doubt that Toby Gerhart can score more than 8 touchdowns in a Jacksonville offense, and rush for more than 1,100 yards.

I would avoid him in standard league until late, and draft him as a number 3 with upside in a PPR.

07/22/14, 01:43 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: chat.jacksonville.com

Lee feeling the family vibe from Jaguars

Wide receiver Marqise Lee was hoping to make an impression on the field when the Jacksonville Jaguars held their organized team activities and minicamp in May and June.

An ankle injury prevented him from doing that. But the second-round pick out of USC has made quite a few friends already in their locker room.

That was something he never expected.

"Being in this locker room is like college all over again," said Lee, who will be expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens later this month.

"You hear a lot on the outside," he said. "But coming here, this is great. I've had an opportunity to be with these guys, and having them sit down with me and spend extra time going over plays and things like that, it shows how much leadership they have and how much of a family this team is. I appreciate it."

Pyro's take: Lee should be ready for the start of training camp, and he will have a chance to be a starter when the season starts. Lee was so dynamic as a sophomore for the Trojans, and while he did not build on that last year, he has the ability to be one of the top receivers in this class when it is all said and done. If you are in dynasty leagues that have rookie drafts, I have seen him fall to an average ADP of 13-17, which is a great value.

07/08/14, 08:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: msn.foxsports.com

Gerhart expectations

Ryan O'Hallloran for the Florida Times-Union discussed what will be in store for Gerhart who had 276 carries for 1,305 yards and five touchdowns in four years with Minnesota as a back-up to Adrian Peterson.

Now as a Jaguar, he is in a offense that did not perform very well in several categories. O'Halloran, broke it down:

The Jaguars desperately need to boost their running game. Last year’s rankings:

*78.8 rushing yards per game – 31st in the NFL (ahead of only Atlanta).

*378 attempts – 28th (ahead of only Miami, Cleveland, Dallas and Atlanta).

*3.1 yards per carry – 31st (ahead of only Baltimore).

*Seven rushing touchdowns – 28th.

What are Toby Gerhart expectations in this weak offense? Earlier this off-season, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said: “The league has turned into one that there wasn’t a one player who averaged 20 carries per game last year – no running back had 320 carries last year. [Philadelphia’s] LeSean McCoy was closest with 314. So you’re not looking for that workhorse back per se that can handle 20-25 carries every game for 16 weeks. It doesn’t happen.” Gerhart should be in the 12-15 range, according to Ryan O'Hallaran with a few going to Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman.

Pyro's take: Few carries in a bad offense makes bad results. As of this printing it does not look like Toby Gerhart is going to achieve much, because at most with 15 carries per game, it results into 240 carries, and to break the 1,000 barrier he will need to average 4.2 yards per carry.

Because of these reasons, Gerhart should be treated as a running back three, and be low on your tier board.

07/08/14, 10:17 AM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Mr. Robinson OTA impressive

Denard Robinson has made an impression in OTA's and looks as though his role may expand from last season.

Robinson is one of the most versatile athletes in the pro game. He was the starting quarterback at Michigan, and is lightning fast. Jacksonville currently list him as a running back, but can play all roles, including wide receiver, if he improves his completion rate. Jaguars radio analyst and former player Jeff Lageman says Robinson has had "the best offseason of anyone."

Pyro's take: The Jags would love to have Denard Robinson expand his role, because of his athleticism, and the way he can be multidimensional in the offense. If he continues to be impressive, he can make a solid option for leagues that use the flex position.

06/22/14, 04:47 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: fantasynews.cbssports.com

Gerhart signed on to start for Jacksonville?

Former Minnesota Viking and career-long backup to Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a three-year contract worth $10.5 million. The signing also included $4.5 million guaranteed.

Pyro's take: Ahhhh, what could have been...

Alas, with Gabby shipped off to the 49ers, it looks like the world will either have to fall down the rabbit hole or else wait until the apocalypse to see a surefire Hall-Of-Fame combination like Gabbert-to-Gerhart running out of the same NFL backfield.

The fact is, Toby is a better running back than most people realize, but this was still too much money to give to a career backup RB.

Though he'll likely be talked about as a fantasy sleeper over the next handful of months, the more likely scenario is for Gerhart to end up in a timeshare with Jordan Todman by mid-season.

03/11/14, 10:05 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.jaguars.com

Gerhart Looking For More

Free agent Toby Gerhart has mentioned he would rather leave Minnesota than be signed by the team. He wants a bigger role than sitting behind Adrian Peterson.

Pyro's take: Gerhart knows that the only way he is going to be a constant contributor is to be on a team that doesn't have a future hall-of-fame running back on the squad. Toby Gerhart is still a young buck at 27, and being a back-up has helped him not take a constant punishment in the NFL. He has a total of 276 carries in his four seasons with an average carry of 4.7 and has 77 receptions for 600 yards, he also has 8 touchdowns in his career.

Toby should be able to find a home where he can be utilized even more than he has in Minnesota, and possibly even land a starting role somewhere such a city like Oakland, or Jacksonville.

03/02/14, 06:47 PM CST by Michael Valverde
Source: www.bigblueview.com

Marcedes flashes potential over final 5 weeks

Despite being relatively insignificant as a fantasy tight end since his 10-TD outburst back in 2010, Marcedes Lewis showed some surprising potential over the last five weeks of 2013.

During the run, Lewis caught 16 balls (on 27 targets) for 242 yards and four TDs - numbers that would place him third amongst all fantasy TEs, behind just Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez.

Pyro's take: The short-lived girth of production was certainly a nice bonus for the scant amount of Lewis fantasy owners out there, but not quite a trend for dynasty leaguers to hang their hats on.

Still, the 6'6", 272-lb. former Jacksonville first-rounder will have a new (and better!) starting QB tossing him the pill next season, so anything's possible.

Marcedes should continue to be drafted as a middling TE2 next summer, though now he'll be coming with an interesting upside dependent upon who the Jaguars end up tabbing as their 2014 starting quarterback.

01/29/14, 04:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.fftoday.com

Gerhart dealing with hamstring injury

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said injured running backs Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will not practice today and probably won't practice until Friday, if at all. He also said he's more hopeful that Gerhart will be able to practice on Friday than Peterson.

Frazier said Peterson already has assured him that he'll be ready to play, but added that the team will "err on the side of caution," keeping in mind Peterson's long-term value and the fact that the team is mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture at 3-9-1. Frazier also said Peterson would have to practice on Friday before the team would play him in the game on Sunday.

Pyro's take: The news coming from the cold North is just not very good. I have a strong suspicion that AP is not going to play this week, but this injury to Gerhart complicates things.

If you went out and grabbed Toby this week I bet you did not know about this hamstring issue. This could be a reason to look elsewhere for a running back this week. I expect Gerhart to play, but if his hamstring acts up it will be a short day. I would look for a better options than these injured Vikings.

12/11/13, 05:50 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

Shorts is the #1 receiver...again

Cecil Shorts III began the season as the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver, and though he’s back in that role in the wake of last week’s indefinite suspension of Justin Blackmon, Shorts said he’s trying not to overemphasize the change. “I’ll take the same approach,” Shorts said. “Nothing changes.” Shorts said his on-field role stays the same, and he’ll run the same routes in the same plays as before. He said if he’s focused on anything it’s trying not to press too much because he’s the “go-to receiver,” something he said he perhaps did the first four games of the season. “I’m not going to press,” he said. “At the beginning of the year, I was pressing a little bit. I have a certain routine in the week, preparing. I’m going to keep it that way.” Shorts had 26 receptions for 337 yards in the first four games without Blackmon, but also had four dropped passes. He has 46 receptions for 565 yards and a touchdown this season.

Pyro's take: Shorts will once again be the main receiver in Jacksonville, now that Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the rest of the season. Mike Brown will fill the role left by Blackmon, but Shorts should be the receiver that sees the most targets going forward.

Shorts and the Jags will match-up against the Titans this week, which is not the best news for Cecil. The Titans have given up the fewest points per game to wide receivers at 14.3. He will be targeted, but don't expect a huge game this week.

11/07/13, 06:51 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.jaguars.com

Blackmon suspend for the season

Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon’s season ended Friday when he was suspended indefinitely for a violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

The Jaguars were made aware of the league’s ruling this afternoon.

“Justin has taken the news very hard as you can imagine so you know he cares,” general manager Dave Caldwell said in a conference call. “He is willing to take the correct steps to make sure he does not make bad decisions anymore. That is a big step for Justin.

“It’s not in our nature to just turn our back on one of our members that needs help.”

Asked if Blackmon will play for the Jaguars again, Caldwell said: “That is our hope. … We’re just not going to cut ties with him today and have him fend for himself. We’re going to make sure he gets the best help out there.”

In a statement released by his agent, Blackmon said in part: "I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges. I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation.”

Pyro's take: And just like that Blackmon is gone, in a puff of smoke. I hope it was good weed he was smoking. This puts a hurt on owners who had sat on Blackmon during his first 4 game suspension, but it automatically makes Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown more valuable.

Blackmon may not have made my last article, so here it comes.

Justin, I waited 4 weeks for you to come back, and when you did you made a splash, but that's all over now. After already being in the substance abuse program, you are so dumb that you test positive on a drug test. You had to know that you were going to get tested this season, so WTF!!! You have let us all down, so it is time to quadruple my efforts and you become this years first recipient of the GOLDEN SOMBRERO BITCHSLAP!!! BOOOO!!! THANKS FOR NOTHING!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!!

11/01/13, 07:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Justin Blackmon paying major dividends

Coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, Blackmon has been the best receiver in the league over the last two weeks.

The former Oklahoma State star has caught 19 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown, becoming one of the lone bright spots on a team that has lost every game by double digits. His two-game totals are tops in the league in receptions, first downs and yards from scrimmage.

"He's got that 'it' factor," fellow receiver Cecil Shorts III said. "Some people just got it. Some people are just blessed with it, and he's one of them guys. There's a select few of them guys, and he's definitely one of them."
Blackmon credits his suspension for his recent success, saying he used the time away from the field to get in better shape. Blackmon missed part of the organized team activities and training camp following groin surgery.

Pyro's take: We had been beating the Justin Blackmon drum all the way back in draft preparation and repeatedly told you to add him in pickups early in the season. We told you to grab him in your drafts and you would have a stud when he returns. Well, I hope you took our advice, because he has been unstoppable since coming back. Blackmon might see a day similar to last week’s 14-catch 190-yard performance, with Cecil Shorts looking to be a game time decision.

10/17/13, 06:22 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.chron.com

Cecil Shorts hopeful to play

Cecil Shorts says he is hopeful he will play Sunday. Says injured area is stable but he is in a lot of pain. #jaguars

Pyro's take: Shorts looks like he will be a game time decision, and for me that means I am looking for a better option if I have one. The fact that he is still in a lot of pain is not reassuring, and if he does play it could be the same scenario as last week, with an early exit.

10/17/13, 06:20 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: twitter.com

Shorts walks off field

After coming in being questionable with a groin injury. Cecil Shorts hurts his shoulder and walks off the field, according to Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

Pyro's take: Cecil Shorts is important piece in what the Jaguars call offense.


10/13/13, 03:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: twitter.com

Henne will start and is a good sleeper this week

When the Jacksonville Jaguars head west to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they'll be starting Chad Henne for the third time this season. Blaine Gabbert has dealt with injuries all season, missing his third start this year and the team will once again turn to Henne for spot duty, and maybe longer.

Henne has a chance to hold on to the starting job longer than he did the first go-round if he plays well, but his play in the preseason and regular season so far have left a lot to be desired, and Gus Bradley doesn't seem ready to slam the door shut on Blaine Gabbert just yet.

Pyro's take: Henne is battling the the horrible Blaine Gabbert and the stupid Gus Bradley to try to win the starting job for the Jaguars going forward. This week the jags have no chance to win against the Broncos, but Henne will have a chance for a lot of garbage time to put up some nice fantasy stats this week. It should also be a good week for Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts.

10/12/13, 04:08 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.bigcatcountry.com

Chad Henne will start this week, but Gabbert still the starter

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday he expects Gabbert to miss Sunday's game at Denver because of a strained hamstring. The injury knocked Gabbert out of Sunday's 34-20 loss at St. Louis.

Bradley also reiterated that he's planning to stick with Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, as the starter when he's healthy again.

"Right now, that's what I think," Bradley said. "There are some crazy things that can happen, I guess. ... We'll see how Blaine does this week with his injury. I know it's very important for him to get back, and he's going to do everything he can to get back."

Pyro's take: Gus, you have to be kidding me!!! How can you tell me that you understand football, because you must have some real nice rose colored glasses when you are looking at Gabbert.

Gabbert has now completed 42 of 86 passes for a 48.8% rate (Josh Freeman territory), and only thrown for 481 yards. Then there is the fact that he has just one touchdown pass (thanks to Justin Blackmon) and thrown 7 interceptions. Gabbert is atrocious and thankfully hurt at the moment.

So Gus, while watching your team get trounced by the Broncos this week, just think that if Gabbert was starting the Broncos would have had 21 more points of his turnovers. Wake up and let Henne have the job!

10/07/13, 07:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.news4jax.com

Cecil Shorts expected to play Sunday

Jaguars leading wide receiver Cecil Shorts is expected to play Sunday against St. Louis despite a groin injury and questionable status, the Florida Times-Union is reporting.

Pyro's take: This is good news for Shorts owners, as he has been the one bright spot for the Jaguars this season, but keep in mind this is the week Justin Blackmon returns. If the groin injury starts acting up, Shorts could end up pulling a Roddy White decoy and set up Blackmon all day long.

10/05/13, 01:05 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Welcome back stoner!

"He’s done tremendous these last four weeks. His body fat has dropped and his weight has gained. He’s in really, really good shape right now. He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him, he went on the trips with us. I could go with a list on some of the things we asked him to do that he’s done, so he’s a in a great frame of mind right now.” - Jags Head Coach Gus Bradley on Justin Blackmon

Pyro's take: Blackmon is a target machine, and this team sucks so they will always be playing from behind. Hopefully the Chad Henne regime starts this week, Blaine is terrible... I expect 15 targets this week, they are going to have a welcome back party this week. Playing against the Rams this week is a great way to start for Justin. I've been stashing him for weeks, really happy to have him back.

10/01/13, 07:30 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Don't get caught with your Cecil Shorts down

Cecil Shorts was a huge pickup for a lot of fantasy owners last year, putting up big points on a number of Sundays in 2012. But, he needs to prove he's not a flash in the pan, and is a top flight receiver. Had he not had a couple of concussions last year, he would have eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark. It'll be interesting to see if he can achieve that century mark this season with Henne or Gabbert.

Pyro's take: Cecil had either a TD or a 100-yards in every away game he played in last year! If he can keep that road domination up, he's going to be a nice treat again this season. With Justin Blackman out the first 4 games with a suspension, Shorts III will get a ton of targets and have every opportunity to score a lot of fantasy points for owners.

My issue is I'm not sure whether having Blackman in or out of the line-up helps the 3rd year wideout from Mount Union College, (huh? - he's gotta be the only NFL player ever from that school) is better for #84 or not. Some people, are really high on this little fella', I'm a little more lukewarm due to the fact he's on the Jaguars.

07/19/13, 01:00 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: jacksonville.com

Kolby Smith ruled out for Sunday

Chiefs running back Kolby Smith (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game.

Pyro's take: And the Jamaal Charles show rolls on.

12/04/09, 01:30 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Kolby Smith has rough day looking for starting job

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was given the first opportunity to claim the starting job vacated by the release of Larry Johnson, and it looks like he did every possible to do so.
“His head’s in the right place,” coach Todd Haley said. “He’s obviously got ability. He had probably the biggest play of the game for us... I’ve seen a big change in Jamaal in the last three or four weeks. Really a big change in his overall personality, everything. You can see him kind of growing into being a player... He’s been doing all of the things that are being asked of him."

Pyro's take: Charles had the first 100-yard rushing game for the Chiefs since Week 16 of last year, and all but knocked Kolby Smith out of the race for the starting job. He's still no more than a low-end RB2 or flex for your fantasy football team, but with all the various injuries around the league, he does become a viable starter.

11/16/09, 10:30 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.kansascity.com


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