Jaguars poised to spend big, rebuild quickly in free agency
Free agency feels a lot like recruiting to new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer. It certainly should help that the Jaguars have more salary cap space (nearly $73 million) than any other team. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Free agency feels a lot like recruiting to new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer. Clemson star Trevor Lawrence is the presumptive choice, and the Jaguars will use free agency to build around him. “That’s a room that’s going to have to be rebuilt in some ways,” said Meyer, who could sign Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith or Gerald Everett when free agency officially begins Wednesday.
Looking ahead: Lions draw banged-up Jaguars team riding 4-game skid coming off bye week
It’s worth noting the Lions are 10-25-1 under Patricia before putting the 2020 Jaguars under the microscope:Season results:Jaguars 27, Colts 20Titans 33, Jaguars 30Dolphins 31, Jaguars 13Bengals 33, Jaguars 25Texans 30, Jaguars 14Team stats:Average yards per game: Lions 334 (25th) | Jaguars 366.4 (18th)Passing yards per game: Lions 232.3 (21st) | Jaguars 268 (10th)Rushing yards per game: Lions 101.8 (23rd) | Jaguars 98.4 (25th)Points per game: Lions 24.8 (18th) | Jaguars 21.8 (25th)Points allowed per game: Lions 31.8 (29th) | Jaguars 29.4 (24th)Defensive yards allowed per game: Lions 405 (28th) | Jaguars 416.8 (30th)Passing yards allowed per game: Lions 234.8 | Jaguars 280.2 (29th)Rushing yards allowed per game: Lions 170.3 (32nd) | Jaguars 136.6 (26th)Takeaways: Lions 4 | Jaguars 5 (Browns lead the league with 12)Spotlight players for Jacksonville: The Jaguars traded quarterback Nick Foles to the Bears for a fourth-round pick in the offseason, clearing the way for Gardner Minshew mania to reign supreme. “Josh Allen, we talked about him on defense; I think he’s an outstanding, outstanding young player. Henderson, obviously a rookie corner, but I think he’s an outstanding player too. Series history: The Lions and Jaguars have only met six times, each taking three apiece in the all-time series. See below for a rundown of those meetings:2016 -- Lions 26, Jaguars 192012 -- Lions 31, Jaguars 142008 -- Jaguars 38, Lions 142004 -- Jaguars 23, Lions 171998 -- Jaguars 37, Lions 221995 -- Lions 44, Jaguars 0mlive.com
Falcons WR Julio Jones out again with hamstring injury
Jones had been listed as questionable after missing practice throughout the week with a hamstring injury. Even so, the winless Falcons’ secondary gets a boost with safeties Keanu Neal (hamstring) and Ricardo Allen (elbow) returning from injuries. ___PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGHEagles: TE Hakeem Butler; RB Jason Huntley, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery, CB Avonte Maddox, QB Nate Sudfeld, DE Casey Toohill. Falcons: S Jaylinn Hawkins, WR Julio Jones, CB A.J. Ravens: RB Justice Hill, WR Chris Moore, QB Trace McSorley, DT Broderick Washington, DT Justin Ellis, OL Tyre Phillips.
Mixon's 3 TDs pace Bengals in 33-25 win over Jaguars
Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Jordan Evans (50) celebrates late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Bengals defeated the Jaguars 33-25. After linebacker Jordan Evans intercepted a tipped Gardner Minshew pass, the Bengals started on Jacksonville’s 40 and got nowhere, Burrow overthrowing an open A.J. The Jags added a field goal with 8 seconds left, but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful. He missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter but converted on four others, including a 50-yarder in the second half.
Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick laughs with coaches as he comes off the field after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ryan Fitzpatrick handles the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as anyone in the NFL. Fitzpatrick completed his first 12 passes — a career high — as Miami scored touchdowns on its first three drives for the first time since 2011. Fitzpatrick also ran for 39 yards and a score, his 37-year-old legs looking as fresh as any in Miami’s backfield. “As a group we just didn't get it done,” said Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and two turnovers. The Jaguars have won two in a row against the Bengals, notching victories in 2017 and 2019.