Jags’ Fournette suspended one game by the NFL

Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Fournette was ejected after throwing punches at Bills DE Shaq Lawson.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1, which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct, including using abusive, threatening or insulting gestures to opponents and using baiting or taunting acts that may engender ill will between teams; Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12, which prohibits striking an opponent; and Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1(a), which prohibits throwing a punch at an opponent, even if no contact is made.

​In his letter to Fournette, Runyan wrote:

“Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the League will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it… Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight. Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.”

 Fournette will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster on Monday, December 3 following the team’s December 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Jaguars acquire Carlos Hyde from Browns

The Jacksonville Jaguars have acquired fifth-year RB Carlos Hyde from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft selection, the club announced today.

 Hyde, 6-0, 229, has appeared in 56 career games with 41 starts after originally being drafted in the second round (57th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He has rushed for 3,111 career yards and 26 TDs on 769 attempts and recorded 115 receptions for 663 yards and three TDs in his five-year career. Since the beginning of 2016, Hyde’s 2,308 rushing yards rank eighth in the NFL.

Jacksonville has been without their star RB Leonard Fournette, who initially injured his hamstring in Week 1 against the Giants, before re-aggravating the injury a few weeks later against the Jets.

In 2018, Hyde has played in six games (five starts) with the Cleveland Browns and led the team in all rushing categories entering Week 7, including carries (114), rushing yards (382) and rushing TDs (five). Hyde’s five rushing TDs are tied for the fourth-most in the NFL and third-most in the AFC.

From 2014-17, Hyde played in 50 games for the 49ers and registered 2,729 rushing yards and 21 TDs on 655 rushing attempts. He led the team in rushing in 2015, 2016 and 2017, posting back-to-back seasons of at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 2016 and 2017.

Hyde attended Ohio State and appeared in 41 games making 20 starts and registering 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns on 523 carries, while adding 34 receptions for 271 yards and four scores. His 3,198 career rushing yards are the sixth-most in program history, while his 37 rushing touchdowns are fourth. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but moved to Naples as a sophomore in high school and attended Naples High School. He can be found on twitter at @elguapo.

 

Charles on signing with Jags: ‘I want to win a Super Bowl and they have a good chance to do that’

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Chiefs and Broncos RB Jamaal Charles. The Jaguars are hoping that the 31-year-old Charles can help while their star RB Leonard Fournette gets healthy after injuring his hamstring in Week 1 against the Giants, before re-aggravating the injury a few weeks later against the Jets.

Today, the 10-year veteran discussed why he wanted to go to Jacksonville.

“I feel like they have a contending team and I was happy when they called,” Charles told the assembled media. “I want to win a Super Bowl. That is why I kept my options open, because I did want to win. I want to win a Super Bowl, and they have a good chance to do that, so I came here to contribute.”

The Port Arthur, Texas native, will make his Jaguars debut in Dallas against the Cowboys, which is exciting for Charles.

“It’s going to be hype. It’s going to be exciting to play against Dallas,” Charles said. “It will be my first time ever playing in that stadium, so I’m going to be hyped up that I can go back home in Texas and see my family and make plays. I have a lot of uncles and cousins that liked the Dallas Cowboys when I was growing up, so I’m excited to go against them.”

It should be interesting to see how much the four-time Pro-Bowler has left in the tank. Last season in Denver, Charles rushed for 296 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in 14 games.

 

WHAT IF…CHEAT SHEET: WEEK 1 AT NEW YORK GIANTS

WHAT IF…CHEAT SHEET: WEEK 1 AT NEW YORK GIANTS

Sunday, September 9, 2018

1 p.m. ET // MetLife Stadium // East Rutherford, N.J.

 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS:

If the Jaguars win on Sunday at NYG…

  • The Jaguars have won consecutive Kickoff Weekend games for the first time since 2010-11.
  • The Jaguars have won consecutive road games on Kickoff Weekend for the first time since 1997-98.
  • The Jaguars have won their first ever game at MetLife Stadium (1-0 against New York Giants; 0-3 against New York Jets).

If the Jaguars do not allow a TD on the Giants’ first offensive possession…

  • The Jaguars have allowed a TD on their opponents’ first offensive possession just one time in the last 25 games (Dec. 24, 2016 at San Francisco).

 QB BLAKE BORTLES (5):

 If he throws four TD passes…

  • Blake Bortles is the first player in franchise history to throw at least four passing TDs on Kickoff Weekend.

If he throws five passing TDs…

  • Blake Bortles has tied his franchise record and career-high for passing TDs in a single game.

If he throws for at least 300 yards…

  • Blake Bortles is the first player in franchise history to throw for 300-plus yards multiple times on Kickoff Weekend.

If he throws for at least 400 yards…

  • Blake Bortles joins Mark Brunell as the only players in franchise history to throw for at least 400 passing yards in a single game.

If he throws for at least 433 yards…

  • Blake Bortles has now set the franchise record for passing yards in a single game, surpassing Mark Brunell’s mark of 432 passing yards on Sept. 22, 1996 at New England.

CB A.J. BOUYE (21):

If he registers at least five passes defensed…

  • A.J. Bouye now joins Jalen Ramsey (12/18/16) and Rashean Mathis (two occasions) as the only Jaguars in the last 20 seasons to register at least five passes defensed in a single game.

If he intercepts two passes…

  • A.J. Bouye now joins Rashean Mathis as the only players in franchise history to register multiple INTs in at least two games.
  • A.J. Bouye now joins Aaron Beasley (1999) and Deon Digures (1997) as the only players in franchise history to register multiple INTs on Kickoff Weekend.

 DE CALAIS CAMPBELL (93):

 If he registers 1.5 sacks…

  • Calais Campbell has now posted multiple sacks (at least 1.5) in five career games for the Jaguars, tied for the third-most in franchise history, and he has multiple sacks on Kickoff Weekend for the second straight year

If he registers 2.0 sacks…

  • Calais Campbell has now posted 2.0-plus sacks in five career games for the Jaguars, the second-most in franchise history
  • Calais Campbell now joins Tony Brackens (eight) as the only players in franchise history to register at least 2.0 sacks in five or more career games

WR KEELAN COLE (84):

If he registers at least 10 receptions against NYG…

  • Keelan Cole has now set the franchise record for receptions on Kickoff Weekend.

If he registers at least 140 receiving yards against NYG…

  • Keelan Cole has now set the franchise record for receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches multiple TD passes against NYG…

  • Keelan Cole joins Jimmy Smith (multiple occasions), Allen Hurns (9/7/14) and Marcedes Lewis (9/12/10) as the only players in franchise history to catch multiple TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches at least three TD passes against NYG…

  • Keelan Cole is the first player in franchise history to catch at least three TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

 RB LEONARD FOURNETTE (27):

If he rushes for at least 100 yards…

  • Leonard Fournette has now posted 100-plus rushing yards on kickoff weekend in back-to-back seasons after posting 100 yards in his NFL debut against Houston in Week 1 of the 2017 season.
  • Leonard Fournette has now posted his sixth career game with 100-plus rushing yards, tied for the third-most in franchise history.
  • Leonard Fournette has now rushed for at least 100 yards on six occasions, tied with Fred Taylor for the most 100-yard rushing performances through 14 career games in franchise history.

If he rushes for at least one TD…

  • Leonard Fournette has now scored two career rushing TDs on kickoff weekend, tied for the second-most in franchise history. Only James Stewart (three) has scored more career rushing TDs on kickoff weekend.
  • Leonard Fournette has now scored 10 career rushing TDs, tied for the eighth-most in franchise history.
  • Leonard Fournette has now scored nine rushing TDs, tied with Fred Taylor for the most rushing TDs through 14 career games in franchise history.

If he registers at least 100 scrimmage yards…

  • Leonard Fournette has now registered 100-plus scrimmage yards in eight career games, tied for the sixth-most in franchise history.

 K JOSH LAMBO (4):

If he makes a FG of at least 57 yards…

  • Josh Lambo has now set a new career-long with that ___-yard FG.

If he scores at least 16 points…

  • Josh Lambo has now set a career-high for points in a game.

If he makes one FG…

  • Josh Lambo has now made a FG in 11 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in franchise history.

If he makes his first FG attempt…

  • Josh Lambo has now made 12 consecutive FGs. Lambo has not missed since Week 11 of the 2017 season (his only miss of the 2017 season).

If he makes at least one PAT or one FG…

  • Josh Lambo has now scored in 11 consecutive games, the 10th-longest streak in franchise history.

 WIDE RECEIVER JAYDON MICKENS (85):

 If he returns a punt for a TD…

  • Jaydon Mickens now joins Reggie Barlow as the only players in franchise history with multiple punt return TDs.

WR DONTE MONCRIEF (10):

If he registers at least 10 receptions against NYG…

  • Donte Moncrief has now set the franchise record for receptions on Kickoff Weekend.

If he registers at least 140 receiving yards against NYG…

  • Donte Moncrief has now set the franchise record for receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches multiple TD passes against NYG…

  • Donte Moncrief joins Jimmy Smith (multiple occasions), Allen Hurns (9/7/14) and Marcedes Lewis (9/12/10) as the only players in franchise history to catch multiple TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches at least three TD passes against NYG…

  • Donte Moncrief is the first player in franchise history to catch at least three TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

DE YANNICK NGAKOUE (91):

If he registers a sack…

  • Yannick Ngakoue has now registered 17.0 sacks in 17 career road games
  • Yannick Ngakoue has now registered 12.0 sacks in his last nine road games

If he registers 1.5 sacks…

  • Yannick Ngakoue has now posted multiple sacks (at least 1.5) in five career games for the Jaguars, tied for the third-most in franchise history

If he registers 2.0 sacks…

  • Yannick Ngakoue has now posted 2.0-plus sacks in five career games for the Jaguars, the second-most in franchise history
  • Yannick Ngakoue now joins Tony Brackens (eight) as the only players in franchise history to register at least 2.0 sacks in five or more career games

 CB JALEN RAMSEY (20):

If he registers at least five passes defensed…

  • Jalen Ramsey now joins Rashean Mathis as the only Jaguars in the last 20 seasons to register at least five passes defensed in two or more games.

 TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS (88):

If he registers at least 10 receptions against NYG…

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins has now set the franchise record for receptions on Kickoff Weekend.

If he registers at least 140 receiving yards against NYG…

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins has now set the franchise record for receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches multiple TD passes against NYG…

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins joins Jimmy Smith (multiple occasions), Allen Hurns (9/7/14) and Marcedes Lewis (9/12/10) as the only players in franchise history to catch multiple TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches at least three TD passes against NYG…

  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the first player in franchise history to catch at least three TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

WR DEDE WESTBROOK (12):

If he registers at least 10 receptions against NYG…

  • Dede Westbrook has now set the franchise record for receptions on Kickoff Weekend.

If he registers at least 140 receiving yards against NYG…

  • Dede Westbrook has now set the franchise record for receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches multiple TD passes against NYG…

  • Dede Westbrook joins Jimmy Smith (multiple occasions), Allen Hurns (9/7/14) and Marcedes Lewis (9/12/10) as the only players in franchise history to catch multiple TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

If he catches at least three TD passes against NYG…

  • Dede Westbrook is the first player in franchise history to catch at least three TD passes on Kickoff Weekend.

NFL ANNOUNCES THE PLAYERS WHO WILL BE AT THE DRAFT

The NFL announced today the 22 players that will be in the green room at the NFL Draft.

The draft will be April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Here is the list below:

1) Jamal Adams S Louisiana State 12) Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
2) Jonathan Allen DT Alabama 13) Malik McDowell DT Michigan State
3) Chidobe Awuzie CB Colorado 14) Takkarist McKinley LB UCLA
4) Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 15) Ryan Ramczyk T Wisconsin
5) Garett Bolles T Utah 16) Haason Reddick LB Temple
6) Gareon Conley CB Ohio State 17) Cam Robinson T Alabama
7) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 18) John Ross WR Washington
8) Leonard Fournette RB Louisiana State 19) Solomon Thomas DE Stanford
9) Adoree’ Jackson CB Southern California 20) Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
10) Kevin King CB Washington 21) Deshaun Watson QB Clemson
11) DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame 22) Tre’Davious White CB Louisiana State

Fournette blazes the 40

One of the marquee names in the 2017 NFL Draft had a mixed showing at the NFL Combine today. Leonard Fournette ran the 40 in 4.51 seconds. All the talk about his weight (240 pounds) was silenced after that time. According to NFL research, Fournette time was the fastest by a running back weighing 240 pounds or more. Conversely, Fournette’s vertical jump was 28.5. That jump was better than only two running backs in the last four combines.

Not sure how much it will hurt his draft stock, but it probably won’t hurt too much if he has a better pro day.