Jaguars Close to a New Deal with TE Marcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

ESPN reports that the Jags are close to a new deal for tight end Marcedes Lewis.

The former first-round pick, Lewis was the Jaguars’ top tight end for several years, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2010 when he caught a career-high 58 passes and 10 touchdowns.

Last season with the team signing Julius Thomas, Lewis really started to become more of a blocking tight end. Last season he caught just 16 passes. He earned two million last season and another $400K in per-game roster bonuses.

Jaguars Clean House; Release LG Zane Beadles and DE Chris Clemons

Chris Clemons

The Jaguars, just after they released left guard Zane Beadles, also announced they have released defensive end Chris Clemons, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Clemons, who had two years left on his contract, was scheduled to count $4 million against the cap.

Clemons played for coach Gus Bradley and assistant coach Todd Wash in Seattle and won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013. He was released after the year and signed with the Jaguars. He had 11 sacks in 32 games for the Jaguars.

Although the Jaguars would disagree, Clemons, 34, was an off-season distraction in 2014 and 2015 because he was the only player to not regularly attend the voluntary off-season workouts. His roster spot was tenuous when the Jaguars drafted Dante Fowler third overall last year, but when Fowler sustained a season-ending knee injury, Clemons survived and then began the season as a starter because of Andre Branch’s MCL injury.

Clemons played 662 of 1,099 snaps last year and had three sacks, seven missed tackles and five penalties.

NFL Looking Into the Dante Fowler Altercation After TMZ Video

Dante Fowler

The NFL and the Jaguars reacted to a video released by TMZ on Tuesday that shows Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler watching two women fight, Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union reports.

The 29-second clip does not have audio. At no point in the video does Fowler assert himself physically into the confrontation. TMZ identifies the women only as the mother of his child and another woman “believed to be his girlfriend.”

The NFL released the following statement: “These are disturbing images and we will review the matter.”

The incident reportedly occurred on Feb. 1 at a Florida apartment building and takes place in a hallway outside of an elevator.

“Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful. Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter.”

There is no police report of the incident. Fowler did not return a message seeking comment, but did release a statement through the team.

“I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved. As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened.”

Henne Expected to Return to the Jaguars with a Two-Year Deal

Chad Henne

The Jaguars are close to re-signing back-up quarterback Chad Henne, This according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

A team source confirmed the report and said a two-year deal is expected to happen today.

A league source said the deal is worth $8 million plus playing time incentives.

Two years ago, Henne’s two-year contract was also worth $8 million and he made more than $1 million extra because he began 2014 as the starter.

Henne will be 31 when the Jaguars open training camp. He has an 18-35 career record as a starter, including 5-17 with the Jaguars.

Jaguars at Ravens NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday DT Michael Bennett (hamstring), DE Chris Clemons (not injury related), WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh), LB Dan Skuta (groin)
  Wednesday WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), S James Sample (shoulder)
  Wednesday G Zane Beadles (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (groin), TE Julius Thomas (abdomen)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Breshad Perriman (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder)
  Wednesday TE Crockett Gillmore (shoulder)
  Wednesday T Eugene Monroe (shoulder), CB Tray Walker (concussion)

Jaguars at Jets NFL Week 9 Inactives

Jaguars inactives: RB Toby Gerhart, WR Marqise Lee, S James Sample, DE Chris Smith, RB Joe Banyard, LB Hayes Pullard, OL Luke Bowanko

Jets inactives: RG Willie Colon, QB Bryce Petty, S Calvin Pryor, RB Bilal Powell, G Dakota Dozier, T Ben Ijalana and NT T.J. Barnes

Jaguars Rally After Blowing Big Lead; Top Bills 34-31 in London

Jacksonville Jaguars v Buffalo Bills

The Jaguars played an up and down game Sunday in London, building a huge lead on the Bills, giving it all back, but then putting it away late to pull out a 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills to improve to 2-5 on the year.

Jacksonville led at one point 27-3, but the Bills rallied to take a 31-27 lead after a pick six with 5:34 left to play.

Blake Bortles though led the Jags downfield, and was able to hit Allen Hurns with a 31-yard score to put them up for good at 34-31 with 2:25 left to play.

That’s all the Jags would need, as their defense held from there to seal the win for the clubs second win of 2015.

Bortles threw for 182 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. He hit Allen Robinson with a 10-yard score with the Bills up 3-0 just 51 seconds into the second quarter to make it 7-3.

Disaster hit after that for Buffalo, as Bills QB E.J. Manuel was hit and fumbled the ball, and Chris Clemons went in from 6 yards out to make it 14-3. It took seconds to make it 21-3 as Telvin Smith went in from 26 yards to give the Jags a big lead.

Maunel threw for 298 yards, was sacked four times, and threw two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions.

He led the Bills back from down 27-13 at the half with a 58-yard TD pass to Marcus Easley and a two-point conversion from LeSean McCoy to make it a 27-24 with 6:42 left.

Corey Graham gave Buffalo the lead, as he picked off a Bortles pass and went 44 yards to make it 31-27 with 6:42 left.

After the took the lead their defense couldn’t stop Bortles and a key interference penalty was a huge swing on the game-winning drive for the Jaguars.

The Jaguars (2-5) won their first game in London after losing in each of the past two seasons at Wembley, the home of England’s national soccer team.

Bills at Jaguars Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Marquise Goodwin (ribs)
  Wednesday WR Percy Harvin (not injury related), T Seantrel Henderson (concussion), WR Sammy Watkins (ankle), RB Karlos Williams (concussion), DT Kyle Williams (knee)
  Wednesday WR Marcus Easley (shoulder), CB Corey Graham (groin), QB Tyrod Taylor (knee)
Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Chris Clemons (not injury related), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), WR Allen Hurns (ankle, thigh), WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), S James Sample (shoulder), RB T.J. Yeldon (groin)
  Wednesday WR Allen Robinson (shin)
  Wednesday TE Julius Thomas (chest, hand)
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