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WR DJ Chark Among the Jaguars Inactives Against the Dolphins

The Jaguars will be minus one of their big playmakers for Thursday’s showdown with Miami, as the team has announced wide receiver DJ Chark is out for the game with chest and back injuries.

Taking Chark’s place is expected to be Keelan Cole.

The complete Jaguars list of inactives include:

Quarterback Jake Luton
Cornerback Josiah Scott
Cornerback Luq Barcoo
Defensive lineman Doug Costin
Center Brandon Linder
Wide Receiver DJ Chark

Rookie Brandon Wright will handle the kicking duties against Miami, as Josh Lambo (hip) is on injured reserve,

Tyler Shatley will start for Linder.

The Dolphins already had ruled out cornerback Byron Jones (groin, Achilles). Safety Clayton Fejedelem, who was doubtful with a pectoral injury, also is inactive.

Here’s the Dolphins list of inactives:

Running back/receiver Malcolm Perry
Receiver Lynn Bowden Jr.,
Defensive end Jason Strowbridge
Offensive tackle Adam Pankey
Cornerback Byron Jones
Safety Clayton Fejedele

Receiver DeVante Parker will play in the Thursday night affair.

Jaguars to Go With Rookie Kicker Against Dolphins, Lambo Placed on IR

The Jaguars are placing kicker Josh Lambo on injured reserve with a left hip injury and will use a rookie kicker in Thursday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Center Brandon Linder also will miss Thursday’s game because of a knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee. Receiver DJ Chark is questionable with a chest/back injury.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, ruled out starting cornerback Byron Jones with groin/Achilles injuries.

Lambo will miss at least three games while on injured reserve, leaving undrafted rookie Brandon Wright, who played at Georgia State, to take his place.

Lambo, who has made 95% of his field goal attempts in four seasons with the Jaguars, had made all three of his field goal attempts and was 6-of-7 on PATs in the first two games this season.

Jaguars Have to Quickly Turn the Page from Tennessee to Miami Thursday Night

There may be nothing more frustrating in football than allowing a team to get a big lead on you, coming back, and then just not finishing and losing the game in the final seconds.

That’s exactly what happened to the Jaguars on Sunday in Tennessee, as they put up a great fight against the Titans, only to lose when Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 to play in a Tennessee 33-30 win.

The Jags had deficits of 14-0, 21-7, 24-10, and 30-17 before tying the game at 30 when Chris Thompson went in from 14 yards out from a pass from QB Gardner Minshew II with 7:25 to play.

While Sunday was disappointing, the Jags must quickly turn the page as they will have just one practice this week as they get set for a Thursday night showdown at home with the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-2.

The Jags are early three-point favorites to get to 2-1 on Thursday, but can’t take the Dolphins, whose two losses were against the Patriots and Bills lightly.

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Minshew has played well in his first two starts of 2020, and yesterday he was good in leading a comeback to get the game at 30-30.

He’s got to be careful though with the ball, as the interception he threw with :51 seconds left at the Jaguars 39 put the game out of reach for Jacksonville.

It was his second pick of the day, and if the Jaguars want to avoid having a letdown to the Dolphins, they cannot afford to put the ball on the ground or give Miami easy turnovers.

The best way for the Jaguars to assert themselves in their Thursday night showdown is to get an early lead and lean on that run game.

The Jaguars ran for 165 yards in the three-point loss Sunday, and once again they got a solid game from James Robinson, who went for 102 yards on 16 carries.

The team managed 6.1 yards per carry running the ball, a great number that if they could duplicate it they can likely look at a win over the Dolphins.

The key though will be on a short week not to give Miami plenty of chances with short fields and turnovers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the signal caller for the Fins, is a solid veteran quarterback who knows how to win, and the Jaguars have to put pressure on him.

It should be a good night Thursday in Jacksonville, but don’t discount the Fins so easy as the Jaguars look to make it a 2-1 start in 2020.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Jaguars Opener vs the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Matthew Adams (ankle), S Julian Blackmon (knee), T Anthony Castonzo (oblique), C Ryan Kelly (knee), WR Dezmon Patmon (knee)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Tyler Davis (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (not injury related), RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring)

Jaguars and RB Freeman Don’t Come to Terms, Team Going with RB by Committee

The Jaguars played host to free agent running back Devonta Freeman over the weekend, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Freeman and the team could not come to terms on a deal.

That means the “running back by committee” that the Jaguars were reported to be ready to roll with for 2020 seems to be in place.

Freeman would have added another piece to the backfield, as he is a quality veteran back who is playing with a chip on his shoulder after leaving the Falcons.

For now, it will be Chris Thompson, undrafted rookie James Robinson and second-year players Devine Ozigbo or Ryquell Armstead who will fight it out for carries come opening day.

Jaguars Pull Off Stunner; Waive RB Leonard Fournette

The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a good portion of the offseason looking to deal third-year running back Leonard Fournette, in the end finding no takers.

Instead of going through the motions with Fournette the team made the decision Monday to simply waive the back, despite two seasons of going over 1,000 yards rushing.

Fournette was the fourth overall pick of the Jaguars in the 2017 draft, and helped Jacksonville make it to the AFC Championship game his rookie season.

There were reports of Fournette being yet another player in Jacksonville who wanted out, and once Tom Coughlin was fired last December, the writing was on the wall that the running backs time eventually would be up.

“Really just trying to take the team and put the best team together from what we’ve seen in our practices so, at the end of the day, I just felt that was the best decision for us as a team,” coach Doug Marrone told reporters on why the decision was made so close to the season opener.

“I think it gives us the best opportunity with the skillsets that we have with the other players in there, I just thought that was the best for the team and doing it now. We exhausted all trade opportunities; we weren’t able to get anything there so I just felt that now we can work on the team and the plan and get ourselves ready for the season.”

Fournette will find employment somewhere in the league, but for now the Jaguars will focus on giving the ball it appears to Chris Thompson, who will likely be the number one when the season opens.

Is Jaguars WR D.J. Chark Jr. Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Jags get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being wide out D.J. Chark Jr.

NFL.com today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Chark Jr. is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what they had to say about the receiver:

My choice for a breakout veteran is third-year Jacksonville wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. Yes, Chark made the Pro Bowl last season, but little attention is ever paid to the Jaguars’ passing game. It’s time to change that. Chark is big (6-foot-4), fast (ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds) and had 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Seventeen of those receptions went for at least 20 yards, and he has had a superb training camp in which his bond with quarterback Gardner Minshew has been showcased. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden calls Chark a “specimen,” and he has already talked about using him in the slot in addition to the outside, where he flourished last season.

The Jaguars feel good about the weapons they are putting around Minshew, which also includes Dede Westbrook, rookie Laviska Shenault, Chris Conley and the tight end signed in free agency, Tyler Eifert. But there’s not much question that Minshew’s No. 1 target is Chark, and my prediction is this is the first time we’re going to be talking this much about a Jaguars receiver since the Allens — Robinson and Hurns — were in Duval.

Jaguars Agree to Terms with First-Round Pick LB K’Lavon Chaisson

The Jaguars are hoping that they get a boost on defense from their first-round pick LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, and the good news is when camp opens he will be there.

Monday the team announced that they had come to terms with Chaisson, an impact player with big play ability that could help out a Jags D in 2020 and beyond.

First-round selection K’Lavon Chaisson is aiming to provide the Jacksonville Jaguars with another defensive stalwart and the first step toward doing that was taken care of on Monday.

Chaisson, the No. 20 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, signed his rookie contract, the team announced.

Along with the LSU linebacker, three other Jaguars rookies signed Monday — safety Daniel Thomas (fifth round), quarterback Jake Luton (sixth round) and cornerback Chris Claybrooks (seventh round) — to ensure every Jacksonville draft pick has inked his deal as training camp begins to open this week for rookies.

In his junior season, Chaisson played a crucial role in delivering a national championship to the Bayou, as he posted 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 60 tackles.

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