PITTSBURGH (AP) — Donte Moncrief can do the math in his head. Yet the newest Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has no plans to fill the void left by Antonio Brown.
Free Agency-Jaguars Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DT Malik Jackson, FS Tashaun Gipson, OT Jermey Parnell, RB Carlos Hyde, LS Carson Tinker, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins,...
Bortles tosses 2 TD passes, Jags handle Darnold, Jets 31-12
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles felt as though Jacksonville's offense wasted a dominant defensive performance last week.
He refused to let it happen again.
Bortles threw two touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Donte Moncrief, and the Jaguars offense gave the defense plenty of help in a 31-12 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Bortles ended up with a career-high 388 yards passing, topping 375 yards for the second time in three games.
Jaguars receiver Moncrief takes on bigger role without Lee
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — It wasn't too long ago that veteran receiver Donte Moncrief was buried on Jacksonville's depth chart.
Moncrief had fallen behind Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and even rookie DJ Chark after missing a week of practice because of a sore knee.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (12-7)
New faces: LG Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB D.J. Hayden, DL Taven Bryan, WRs Donte Moncrief and DJ Chark.
Key losses: LB Paul Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin, TE Marcedes Lewis, WRs Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)
New faces: G Matt Slauson, TE Eric Ebron, WR Ryan Grant, DT Denico Autry, LB Najee Goode, rookies G Quenton Nelson, OL Braden Smith, DE Kemoko Turay, LB Darius Leonard, RB Jordan Wilkins, RB Nyheim Hines, coach Frank Reich.
Key losses: RB Frank Gore, CB Rashaan Melvin, S Darius Butler, DT Johnathan Hankins, WR Donte Moncrief, coach Chuck Pagano.
Jaguars WR Lee leaves exhibition game with knee injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee, who led the team in receptions in 2017, injured his left knee in an exhibition game against Atlanta on Saturday.
Lee was carted off the field after Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee twisted his leg making a tackle. Lee fumbled on the play, but it was overturned because Kazee was flagged for tackling with his helmet.
Allen Hurns is set to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Friday. His new contract is worth $12 million over two years, according to Pro Football Talk.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys added another receiver in free agency Friday when Allen Hurns agreed to a two-year deal.
Hurns' deal with the Cowboys came three days after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley welcomed Hurns to the team in a Twitter message, ending that with "lets go to work!" Hurns responded, "Let's get it bro" on his account.
Jaguars dump Lewis after 12 seasons, also release Hurns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars unceremoniously dumped the longest-tenured player on their roster Tuesday, and he wasn't happy about it.
The Jaguars released veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis after 12 seasons to save $3.5 million in salary-cap space. The move came the same day Jacksonville parted ways with receiver Allen Hurns to save $7 million.
Both players are now free agents and can sign with any team that wants them.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing receiver Allen Hurns and saving $7 million in 2018.
Hurns will be a free agent and able to sign with any team that wants him.
His future had been in doubt for months, since Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole emerged late last season. Hurns really became expendable when the Jaguars signed two receivers last week, bringing back Marqise Lee and adding Donte Moncrief in free agency.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Donte Moncrief is gladly gambling on himself.
The former Indianapolis Colts receiver signed a one-year, $7 million contract with AFC South rival Jacksonville on Thursday, believing he will prove he's worth a more lucrative, long-term deal.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will open free agency by adding two offensive pieces and re-signing another.
The Jaguars are poised to sign All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell and speedy receiver Donte Moncrief in free agency Thursday, according to two people familiar with negotiations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because NFL teams are prohibited from announcing signings until free agency officially begins Wednesday afternoon.
Indianapolis Colts free agency capsule
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-12)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Frank Gore; S Darius Butler; WRs Donte Moncrief and Kamar Aiken; LBs Barkevious Mingo and Jon Bostic; QB Scott Tolzien; OLs Jack Mewhort and Michael Person; CBs Pierre Desir and Rashaan Melvin; TE Brandon Williams.
WR Maclin inactive for Ravens vs Colts
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have placed receiver Jeremy Maclin on the inactive list for their game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Maclin did not practice in the days leading up to Saturday's matchup after he got hurt last Sunday in Cleveland. He has 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
Kelly, Lynch among inactives for Broncos-Colts game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly and Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch were inactive for Thursday night's game.
Kelly sat out the third straight week with a concussion and was replaced in the lineup by Mike Person.
Lynch was out with an injured ankle as Trevor Siemian made his 10th start of the season.
Dismal opener has Colts contemplating Week 2 changes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is already considering making changes.
Exactly what, if anything, will look different Sunday against Arizona remains a mystery.
But Pagano's coy play is all part of a broader strategy, designed to keep the Cardinals guessing as the reeling Colts try to gain a competitive advantage.
"A little bit of everything," Pagano said succinctly Wednesday when asked about possible specific moves.
Of course, not every debate is being shrouded in secrecy.
Tolzien effective as Colts edge Steelers 19-15
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scott Tolzien has spent most of training camp watching Stephen Morris inch closer and closer in the race to be the Week 1 Colts starting quarterback if Andrew Luck's surgically repaired right shoulder doesn't heal in time.
Tolzien may have provided just enough breathing room to get the nod in a 19-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
Tolzien effective as Colts edge Steelers 19-15
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scott Tolzien led a pair of long scoring drives to inch closer to the Colts' starting job for the season opener if Andrew Luck's shoulder isn't ready, and the Indianapolis defense kept Pittsburgh's high-powered offense in check in a 19-15 victory Saturday night.
Tolzien completed 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards, including a 55-yard hookup with Donte Moncrief that set up a 1-yard Frank Gore touchdown run. Tolzien also threw an interception in three series of work.
Colts’ Luck appears ready to play behind revamped line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck was a full participant at Friday's practice and is expected to start Sunday when the Colts visit Minnesota.
His offensive line again will not be at full strength after coach Chuck Pagano ruled out right guard Denzelle Good (concussion) and backup Joe Reitz (back). Pagano also said defensive tackle Art Jones (groin) and receiver Donte Moncrief (hamstring) won't play.
Texans will face Colts without 2 starters in secondary
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston will be without half of its starters in the secondary against Indianapolis with cornerback Kareem Jackson and safety Quintin Demps among the Texans inactive players Sunday night.
Jackson is out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury, and Demps has a calf injury he suffered last Sunday. Houston's other starting cornerback, Johnathan Joseph, is active after leaving last week's game with a concussion.
Colts lose Donte Moncrief for 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts receiver Phillip Dorsett may be about to get his first big opportunity in the NFL.
The 2015 first-round draft pick will be asked to play a much bigger role over the next month — and perhaps longer — after learning No. 2 receiver Donte Moncrief will miss four to six weeks with a fractured left shoulder blade.
Moncrief was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's loss at Denver and did not return, another big blow for a team already hit hard by injuries.
Indianapolis Colts Preview Capsule
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-8)
New faces: S T.J. Green, C Ryan Kelly, CB Patrick Robinson, QB Scott Tolzien, RB Robert Turbin, defensive coordinator Ted Monachino.
Key losses: TE Coby Fleener, QB Matt Hasselbeck, LB Jerrell Freeman, S Dwight Lowery, LB Jonathan Newsome, CB Greg Toler.
Colts need Dorsett, Moncrief to come up big in new offense
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett have a clear mission this season: Become consistent, quality receivers.
The Colts' playoff hopes may depend on it.
"We've got to step up and make plays," Moncrief said. "We have to help out T.Y. (Hilton)."