AP source: Jaguars fire Wheatley, 3 more assistants
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette's season-long struggles proved costly for his position coach.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fired running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and three more assistants Monday night, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity and said offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, secondary coach Perry Fewell and defensive line coach Marion Hobby also were let go one day after the season finale.
Jaguars head into offseason with offensive makeup on horizon
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars built their offense around a player who played less than 30 percent of the snaps this season.
Running back Leonard Fournette was injured, suspended and on the bench in crunch time. He was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.
AP source: Jaguars void Fournette’s contract guarantees
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The thought of Jacksonville parting ways with running back Leonard Fournette would have been unimaginable a few months ago.
Jaguars keeping Marrone, Caldwell despite AFC South flop
HOUSTON (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell will return next season.
The futures of quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette are far less certain.
Team owner Shad Khan issued a statement after the season finale saying top executive Tom Coughlin has decided to retain Marrone and Caldwell, even though the team flopped to last place in the AFC South.
Jaguars’ Fournette doubtful to play in finale at Texans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars don't expect running back Leonard Fournette to play in the season finale at Houston.
Coach Doug Marrone listed Fournette (ankle/foot) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Texans (10-5). The second-year pro has missed practice all week.
No-show Bell, 3-11 Gruden lead list of NFL letdowns in 2018
The hype trains touting NFL offseason activity typically start leaving their stations each January, when new head coaches are hired and fan bases are fired up about the fresh start that sends hope soaring high like the football in the air on the opening kickoff of a game.
FANTASY PLAYS: Watch for wacky in last 2 weeks of season
Week 17 typically plays out as one of the more bizarre weeks in the NFL with some intense playoff battles, some teams giving up early and others resting their stars to get a look at some younger talent.
Because of this, most season-long fantasy championships are held during Week 16 and some of the biggest daily fantasy tournaments will conclude with "main event" prize pools this week, but savvy fantasy players should still be on the lookout for traps similar to the last week of the season.
Jags’ latest odd call: Fournette on sideline in crunch time
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette spent most of the second half on the sideline, a spectator in a tight game.
Jacksonville's best offensive player and one of five team captains touched the ball once in the final 30 minutes — a 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter.
It made no sense, not even for the dysfunctional Jaguars.
Jaguars: Fournette yelled at fan in response to racial slur
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says running back Leonard Fournette was responding to racial slurs while yelling at a fan in Nashville, Tennessee last Thursday night.
Fournette declined to address the accusation in the locker room Monday on the advice of his agent.
Teammate and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon, however, said several fans directed racial slurs at Jacksonville players.
Jaguars-Titans should be a defensive standoff
Jacksonville won the AFC South and Tennessee earned a wild-card playoff berth out of the division last season.
Now, they get the prime-time spotlight on Thursday even though both are also-rans.
Oh, the Titans (6-6) still are in the playoff chase. But it's difficult to take serious a team that needs a late rally to beat the Jets.
Jaguars’ Fournette returns after another extended rest
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette's one-game suspension might turn out to be beneficial for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jaguars taking ‘further steps’ to reduce personal fouls
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — All those yellow flags thrown against the Jacksonville Jaguars have coach Doug Marrone seeing red.
The Jaguars (3-8) have been penalized 80 times, tying them for seventh in the NFL, and have been docked the fourth-most yards (751).
FANTASY PLAYS: NFL crunch time creates shifts in daily game
The crescendo of the fantasy football season also marks a shift across the NFL landscape that starts this week.
Teams learn they'll be in or out of the playoffs, others manage injuries with an eye toward January or next season, while some teams battle for playoff positions.
Understanding those dynamics and how they relate to daily fantasy can help separate you from the crowd. Here are a few spots for fantasy players to exploit during Week 13:
Fournette’s 1-game suspension upheld, will miss Colts game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette's appeal of a one-game suspension for fighting has been denied, meaning he will sit out Sunday's game against Indianapolis.
Fournette was suspended without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and punching Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette appealed, but retired NFL receiver James Thrash affirmed the one-game punishment that will cost Fournette close to $100,000.
NFL suspends Jags running back Fournette 1 game for fight
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette one game without pay for leaving the sideline, running across the field and throwing punches at Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.
Allen leads Bills to 24-21 win over Jaguars
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Once Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their cool, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills took over.
Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Buffalo beat Jacksonville 24-21 on Sunday in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.
Steelers rally to stun Jaguars in final seconds, 20-16
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger was far from perfect until the fourth quarter, and that was all that mattered for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One week after Roethlisberger had a perfect quarterback rating, he overcame three interceptions and a 16-0 deficit by leading two late scoring drives. He lunged in from the 1 for the winning score with 5 seconds left for a 20-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Jaguars’ Fournette ‘completely healthy,’ will play at Colts
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is good to go for Sunday's game at Indianapolis.
Fournette practiced without any limitations or setbacks all week, prompting coach Doug Marrone to declare him "completely healthy" for the first time since Week 4.
The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft missed the last four games and six of eight this season because of a strained right hamstring.
Fournette back at practice, but Jags unsure if he will play
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced for the first time in more than a month Monday, working with the first-team offense and looking like he might be fully healthy for the first time since the season opener.
But coach Doug Marrone stopped short of proclaiming Fournette back or ready to return Sunday at Indianapolis.
"I don't know if he is going to play," Marrone said.
Marrone takes blame for woeful Jags, shields obvious errors
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is shouldering the blame for the team's four-game losing streak, saying he "hasn't done a good enough job for whatever reason to get everyone's mind in the right place."
Marrone insists he's not trying to be a "martyr, a shield or anything like that."
Jaguars acquire RB Hyde from Browns in trade for draft pick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde on Friday, adding a proven starter while Leonard Fournette progresses slowly from a strained right hamstring.
The Browns (2-3-1) will get a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from the Jaguars in exchange for Hyde, who has 382 yards rushing and five touchdowns in his first season in Cleveland. Hyde signed a three-year, $15.25 million contract in March.
Tannehill inactive, Osweiler starts for Dolphins
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was inactive for the Miami Dolphins' game against the Chicago Bears because of an injury to his throwing shoulder, and Brock Osweiler made his first start for the team.
Tannehill was limited in Friday's workout — the first time he has missed practice time because of the injury. It began bothering him last month, and he was first on an injury report the week of Sept. 24.
Veteran RB Jamaal Charles hopes to ‘be a spark’ for Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Telvin Smith broke toward the sideline during practice Wednesday and had newly signed running back Jamaal Charles in his sights.
For a second anyway.
Smith said Charles "hit me with a little step" that got the linebacker's attention and gave everyone else a glimpse of what the four-time Pro Bowl selection still has to offer to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jaguars rule out running back Fournette for game at Cowboys
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette for their game at Dallas. It will be the fourth game Fournette has missed this season.
Coach Doug Marrone says Fournette (hamstring), left tackle Josh Wells (groin) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss Sunday's road game.
Jaguars sign Jamaal Charles to help while Fournette’s out
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles to help during Leonard Fournette's absence.
The 31-year-old Charles worked out for the team Tuesday morning and signed a one-year contract in the afternoon.
The Jaguars (3-2) lost third-string running back Corey Grant (foot) for the season and expect to be without Fournette for several more weeks. Grant was placed on injured reserve, opening a roster spot for Charles.
Jaguars placing Seferian-Jenkins, Grant on injured reserve
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Corey Grant on injured reserve.
Coach Doug Marrone says Seferian-Jenkins will have core muscle surgery but could return later in the season. Grant will miss the rest of the year with a foot injury.
Seferian-Jenkins has 11 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown. Grant has 13 carries for 40 yards to go along with nine receptions for 67 yards.
Jaguars’ Bortles has 5 turnovers in lopsided loss to Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars were so confident in their future behind Blake Bortles that they selected running back Leonard Fournette rather than a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in last year's draft.
They could have had Patrick Mahomes, who went six spots later to Kansas City.
The two quarterbacks — for Jacksonville, what is and could have been — were both on display Sunday, and Bortles responded with an afternoon to forget.
Jaguars rule out running back Fournette for game at Chiefs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette four days before the team's game at Kansas City.
Coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday that Fournette and cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) will miss the road game Sunday. It was a somewhat surprising move considering NFL teams rarely rule out players before Friday.
Jaguars planning to play without Leonard Fournette again
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to play without running back Leonard Fournette again, maybe even for a longer stretch than before.
Fournette re-injured his right hamstring in a 31-12 victory against the New York Jets on Sunday, and coach Doug Marrone has no timetable for his return.
Jaguars running back Fournette a game-day decision again
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will be a game-day decision for the third straight week.
Fournette, who strained his right hamstring in the season opener, was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Jets despite practice in full Friday.
Fournette says he's getting better but isn't ready to commit to returning.
Jaguars list Fournette, Yeldon as questionable vs Titans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon are among five players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tennessee.
Fournette missed last week's victory against New England because of a strained right hamstring and was limited in practice this week. Yeldon, who led the team with 58 yards rushing against the Patriots, was limited all week because of an ankle injury.
No longer strong suit? Titans defense struggling vs the run
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans aren't close to panicking over sloppy run defense, and the Jacksonville Jaguars gives them a chance to show just how much better they can be.
Leonard Fournette left the Jaguars' season opener with a tight hamstring and sat out Jacksonville's win over New England last weekend. Fournette has been limited in practice this week.
Jaguars’ Fournette feels ‘way better’ than he did last week
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day Thursday and feels "a lot better, like way better" than he did a week ago.
Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and sat out last week's victory against New England.
The Jaguars (2-0) host AFC South rival Tennessee (1-1) on Sunday.
Jags’ Fournette returns to practice, moves toward playing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars expect running back Leonard Fournette to return to practice Wednesday, a step toward playing against AFC South rival Tennessee.
Fournette strained his right hamstring in the season opener at the New York Giants and missed last week's victory against the New England Patriots. It was the fourth game he's missed in two seasons, and the Jaguars (2-0) are undefeated without him.
Fournette inactive for Jaguars against Patriots
The Jacksonville Jaguars are without running back Leonard Fournette for the fourth time in two seasons.
They went 3-0 without him in 2017.
Fournette is inactive a week after straining his right hamstring in the opener against the New York Giants. Fournette tested his hamstring before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but the Jaguars opted to be cautious with him in Week 2.
Jaguars add DE Campbell to injury report with knee soreness
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have added All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell to the injury report because of knee soreness.
Campbell was listed as questionable for the team's home opener Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Campbell set a single-season franchise record with 14½ sacks in 2017. He had three tackles, including a sack, in the season opener at the New York Giants last week.
Jaguars promote Wilds in case Fournette doesn’t play vs Pats
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad, making a roster move in case Leonard Fournette doesn't play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The Jaguars made room for Wilds on the 53-man roster by releasing receiver Rashad Greene, a fifth-round draft pick in 2015. Greene was inactive for the season opener.
Jaguars optimistic Fournette will play against Patriots
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is optimistic running back Leonard Fournette will play against New England despite missing practice all week.
Marrone says Fournette's recovery from a strained right hamstring has been "encouraging," but the coach listed Fournette as questionable on the injury report Friday.
Marrone adds that Fournette has stayed involved in meetings and game-planning, so "he'll be ready to go" if he's cleared to play Sunday.
Jags’ Fournette running again, feeling better about injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette is running again and feeling "better and better" about his strained right hamstring.
The Jacksonville Jaguars running back also is hopeful he will be able to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Fournette cautions, though, that "it'll be a game-time decision."
Jaguars’ Fournette misses practice with strained hamstring
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette missed practice Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring.
Fournette tweaked his hamstring in the first half of last week's season-opening win at the New York Giants.
The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ran nine times for 41 yards before leaving the game. He also caught three passes for 14 yards.
Jaguars play to identity in season-opening win at Giants
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville's formula for success was evident in the season opener.
It's relying on their strengths. It's playing to their identity. It's surely not the last time they'll win like that, either.
Sure, the Jaguars would like to have done more offensively in a 20-15 victory at the New York Giants .
Jags far from perfect, still very good in win over Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to have to play a lot better if they are going to beat the New England Patriots in the rematch of the AFC title game next weekend.
LSU takes ‘unproven’ backfield into clash with Miami
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU's Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are hardly the household names the Tigers have been accustomed to featuring at running back.
Current NFL players Jeremy Hill, Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice all established their credentials in backup roles and were bona fide pro prospects by the time they became featured rushers at LSU.
Jags’ Fournette drops weight, wants to ‘be great’ in 2018
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette sprinted right, took a couple of stutter steps while waiting for blockers, cut back sharply and then made another abrupt move to elude two defenders and find an even bigger opening.
He was celebrating in the end zone a few seconds later.
Jaguars Preview Capsule
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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU receiver Jonathan Giles chuckles as he recounts the incredulous responses he got when he decided to transfer from pass-happy Texas Tech to LSU.
"A bunch of my friends were like: 'You're going to LSU? You know they don't throw the ball there?'"
But Giles looks like he timed his arrival in Baton Rouge well.