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DJ Chark appears more confident in himself and spent the offseason transforming his body, per Jaguars strength coach, Anthony Schlegel. (Source: The Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: After a depressing 2020 season, Chark looks focused to make sure that doesn't repeat itself. He played last year at 197 pounds and is now listed at 210. He added 8.6 pounds of muscle and managed to cut his body fat by 0.1 percent. It's that time of year where fantasy managers hear about this player and that player being in the best shape of his life, but Chark looks to be more focused this season. He was challenged by coach Urban Meyer to get stronger and play bigger and the fourth-year pro has accepted that challenge. That's something fantasy managers should be excited about. The former Tiger is in a contract year, which only adds to that extra motivation. Fantasy managers are quick to forget his 2019 season when he finished as the WR17 despite missing one game. He caught 73 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. He had to catch passes from multiple quarterbacks last season, none of which impressed. On top of that, he struggled with injuries as well. He's back and he's healthy now. At 6'4 and 210 pounds with impressive downfield speed, Chark should emerge as a favorite of rookie quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. The former Heisman winner will be the best quarterback Chark has ever played with by a country mile. Currently being selected as the WR33, fantasy managers should be excited to draft the Jaguars' likely No. 1 receiver at such a low price. While many are high on Laviska Shenault, there will be enough volume in this passing offense to support multiple pass-catchers. The defense is once again expected to be lackluster, which will force Lawrence and the rest of the Jaguars' offense to keep pace. Chark has the most upside of any Jaguar receiver due to his deep-ball prowess and high touchdown upside.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are placing 2020 first-round pick CB C.J. Henderson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list to begin training camp, per Field Yates of ESPN. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Presumably, this means Henderson has tested positive for COVID-19. He battled injuries in his rookie season but showed glimpses of strong play. He's a naturally gifted athlete, and in Week 1, he was PFF's highest-graded cornerback. It will be important for him to be with the team as much as possible as new Jaguars DC Joe Cullen installs his defensive scheme.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars have agreed to terms with former Clemson RB, Travis Etienne, who was selected 25th overall in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jaguars have now signed both of their Clemson first round selections from the 2021 NFL Draft, with the latest being Etienne. The specifics of the deal are still unknown, but there will be no offset language with a large signing bonus upfront. Even though the Jaguars already had 2020 rookie RB sensation, James Robinson, they still elected to draft Etienne back in April. At this moment the expectation is that Eitenne will be the primary pass-catching back for Jacksonville as evident by his cross-training at wide receiver. For fantasy purposes volume will likely be an issue for Etienne as he will have to contend with Robinson and Carlos Hyde. Etienne is currently the RB 24 on FantasyPros for PPR purposes, but does have decent upside depending on how quickly he picks up the offense and could very well earn more playing time as the season progresses, making him a solid stash for 2021.

Category: Transactions

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that OT Cam Robinson will play this season on the franchise tag after not being able to reach a long-term extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robinson will make $13.754M this year but will not be extended. He only allowed five sacks this season which ranked 12th overall and earned a 61.7 PFF grade. It'll be interesting to see what the Jaguars do after the 2021 if they decide to let him walk or agree to an extension at that point in time.

Category: Rumors

Per Jaguars' beat writer John Shipley, second-year RB James Robinson "will be the hammer" of the offense and could stay on the field for extended drives. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: For what it's worth, despite not being a player selected by new head coach Urban Meyer, he had this to say about the second-year back, "James Robinson is one of my favorite guys. I can’t name a harder worker right now on our team, and that started in January all the way through June now. So, I love that guy." From a fantasy perspective, the issue isn't whether or not Robinson is going to play on early downs or even see 15 carries per game. If it were up to the coaching staff, history suggests Urban Meyer and Darrell Bevell both want to run the football. The issue is how many targets Robinson sees with Travis Etienne now in town and if veteran running back Carlos Hyde will steal any valuable goal-line touches. While it's possible Robinson operates as the primary back a majority of the time, his fantasy value could be severely limited with Etienne taking on the passing-down work and Hyde siphoning some valuable touches throughout the game and down at the goal-line. Robinson should be considered a low-end RB2 or high-end RB3 this season, just realize he could lose work as the season progresses depending on how quickly Etienne picks up the offense.

The 2021 No. 1 overall pick, Trevor Lawerence, signed a four-year, $36.8 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes a standard fifth-year rookie option and $24.1 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The good news here is that there will be no holdout for Lawrence, and he will get all the work needed to learn a new offense in Jacksonville. Lawerence is the unquestioned starter for the Jaguars. He was a superstar in college with a championship pedigree. The team has surrounded him with young, dynamic playmakers, and he's a good runner who can score touchdowns in goal-line situations. He should be a meaningful fantasy player from his first start and is now the face of football in Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault Jr. has looked like the best offensive player during OTAs and training camp, per beat writer Michael DiRocco. (Source: Michael DiRocco on ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Shenault showed flashes of the elite talent he possesses during a 1-15 rookie season but has reportedly taken a notable leap with his development into year two. Under a new regime led by head coach Urban Meyer, the second-year wideout has looked impressive while working exclusively out of the wide receiver position. Shenault carried 18 times for 91 yards in 2020 but showed his explosiveness on just 79 targets, turning them into 58 receptions, 600 yards, and five touchdowns. The 22-year old wideout is currently ranked as the WR43 in half-PPR formats, which makes him one of the best late-round wide receivers in redraft and dynasty leagues alike.

Category: Rumors

According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Jaguars TE Tim Tebow is more likely to be utilized like Taysom Hill in New Orleans than he is as a prototypical tight end. (Source: Dianna Russini on ‘Get Up!’)

Fantasy Impact: “There are people in camp right now who strongly believe the reason why Urban Meyer brought Tim Tebow in is not to play tight end, but actually to use him in that utility role, that Taysom Hill role that we see Sean Payton use in New Orleans," Russini said. If this is truly the case, it’s likely Tebow has a better chance at making the 53-man roster than any of us want to believe. If this happens, it could negatively impact the fantasy value of a few players including Trevor Lawrence and James Robinson, especially if Tebow comes in at the goal-line. Keep an eye on this development throughout training camp heading into the 2021 season.

Category: Rumors

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and current free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (knee) is expected to be fully cleared to participate in football activities by July, which would mark eight months since his surgery to repair a torn ACL he suffered back in October 2020, per Josina Anderson. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Westbrook saw just one target in 2020 prior to his injury after receiving 101 targets in consecutive years during 2018 and 2019. The speedy slot receiver is an explosive short route runner and relies on his blazing speed to bypass linebackers and safeties across the middle. It's been reported that Westbrook and the San Francisco 49ers have engaged in preliminary communication recently, suggesting that the fifth-year wideout could land a role behind Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that RB Ryquell Armstead has been claimed by the New York Giants. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Armstead was waived by the Jaguars yesterday and was quickly claimed by the Giants. This was a depth piece addition by the Giants with little fantasy impact. He will join Saquon Barkley, Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, and Gary Brightwell in the RB room.

Category: Transactions

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Chris Conley has signed a one-year deal with the Texans. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans will add another depth piece to their wide receiver room with the addition on Conley. Conley caught 40 passes for 471 yards and two touchdowns in 2020. He appeared in 15 games and started four games. It doesn't appear Conley will have much, if any, fantasy value in 2021.

Category: Rumors

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Keelan Cole Sr. and the Jets agree on a one-year $5.5 million deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Cole appeared in 16 games for the Jaguars this season. He caught 55 passes for 642 yards and five touchdowns. Jets just signed Corey Davis to a deal as well. Cole is joining a crowded WR room and will look to compete for a starting role.

Category: Transactions

Former free-agent QB Mike Glennon has reportedly signed a deal with the New York Giants, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Glennon has reportedly signed a deal with the New York Giants to back-up current franchise QB Daniel Jones for the 2021 season. The veteran journeyman will enter his ninth season on his sixth team after earning five starts for Jacksonville in 2020, throwing for 1,072 yards with a 7:5 TD/INT ratio. This signing provides a decent insurance policy for the Giants, as Glennon has experience in multiple offensive systems in comparison to third-year quarterback Clayton Thorson.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew is reportedly being targeted by several teams, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Minshew started nine games for the Jaguars in 2020 before being benched. Still, the second-year QB threw for over 2,250 yards, with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. With a regime change occurring under Jaguars' new head coach Urban Meyer, expect Minshew to be on the move as the team reportedly targets QB Trevor Lawrence with the No.1 overall pick in the draft.

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Cornerback Sidney Jones is re-signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, a former second round pick, signed with the Jaguars after being released by the Eagles at the beginning of last season. He nabbed two interceptions over nine games for Jacksonville in 2020 before tearing his achilles tendon, for the second time in his career. It's unclear what his timetable to return is looking like but the Jags must believe it's sooner than later if they were willing to bring him back.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Jacksonville Jaguars LG Andrew Norwell has agreed to restructure his contract to $9 million fully guaranteed and worth up to $12 million, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 2017 All-Pro left guard will remain in Jacksonville for 2021 under the new regime being implemented by head coach Urban Meyer. Norwell, a former lineman at Ohio State during Meyer's tenure as head coach for the Buckeyes, is talented and a road-grader within the interior of the Jaguars' offensive line. With all sights set on Trevor Lawrence at the No.1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Meyer and the Jags understand the value and importance of continuity on the offensive line, especially to protect a mobile, athletic quarterback like Lawrence. Norwell played 13 games for Jacksonville in 2020, creating lanes that allowed rookie running back James Robinson to explode for 1,070 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Category: Transactions

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert is expected to have his team option declined, which will make him a free agent heading into the 2021 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eifert was set to earn close to $5 million if Jacksonville picked up his team option for 2021. However, the eighth-year tight end was a mere afterthought in one of the worst offenses in 2020, catching 36 of 60 targets for 349 yards and two touchdowns across 15 games. New head coach Urban Meyer is in the midst of a massive rebuild within the organization and is already tailoring the roster, which will see Eifert hit free agency and try his luck elsewhere. He's still a talented receiving tight end when healthy but his injury history could drive him away from a prominent TE1 role on a contender in 2021.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

The Florida Times-Union believes the Jaguars will move on from RB Chris Thompson. (Source: Florida Times-Union)

Fantasy Impact: Thompson landed on IR with a back injury midway through the season. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it makes little sense for Jacksonville to bring him back.

Category: Rumors

The Jacksonville Jaguars are rumored to be working towards finalizing a deal making Urban Meyer the next head coach of their franchise. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The speculation throughout recent weeks regarding former Ohio State head coach and three-time national champion Urban Meyer having serious interest in coaching for a NFL franchise appears to be accurate. Meyer is rumored to be in ongoing negotiations with the Jaguars to become their next head coach, which includes the No. 1 overall pick and a bevy of draft picks and cap space to work with. Continue monitoring the situation down in Jacksonville on Thursday.

Category: Rumors

Aldrick Rosas was 2-for-2 in extra point tries and did not attempt a field goal on Sunday as the Jaguars lost to the Colts by a 28-14 in Week 17 action.

Fantasy Impact: In six games as Jacksonville's kicker, Rosas is 7-for-9 in field goal attempts and has made all eight of his extra-point tries. The 26-year-old kicker has good shot of making the team in 2021 and if not then may be able to find a job somewhere.

Category: Game Recaps