James O'Shaughnessy is expected to battle for playing time in Jaguars training camp this summer. The Jaguars' new offense, commanded by John DeFilippo, is known for utilizing tight ends. O'Shaughnessy probably won't get drafted in many Fantasy leagues, but if he starts the season off as a regular target for Nick Foles then he'll find his way onto rosters soon enough. Considering his one career touchdown, that's a big if.
O'shaughnessy signed a contract with Jacksonville on Thursday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports. O'Shaughnessy will be entering his fifth season in 2019 and his third with the Jaguars. He hasn't had much of a role in the passing game thus far in his career. He recorded 214 yards on 24 catches, both career highs, while playing in 14 games last season. He'll likely operate primarily as a blocker and backup tight end once again in 2019.
O'Shaughnessy caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Texans, and finished the season with 24 receptions for 214 yards and zero touchdowns. Sunday's performance on the surface appears quite underwhelming, but considering O'Shaughnessy had only one reception in the previous two games -- and QB Blake Bortles totaled a mere 107 passing yards -- it manages to be a decent end to the year. The 26-year-old set a career high in receptions and yards, but considering he served as the Jaguars' No. 1 tight end for nine games after Austin Seferian-Jenkins (abdomen) landed on injured reserve, it's overall a disappointing statline. Bortles and Cody Kessler share some of the blame for their struggles under center, but there's also the fact that O'Shaugnessy simply isn't a starting caliber tight end in the NFL. The Illinois State product begins 2019 as a free agent and could latch on elsewhere as a depth tight end.
O'Shaughnessy recovered a fumble in Sunday's 17-7 win over the Dolphins. O'Shaughnessy didn't receive a target despite playing 42 of 67 offensive snaps as his minimal offensive production continues. The 26-year-old has seven catches for 42 yards over the last six games, as the tight end position continues to produce essentially nothing in the passing game for the Jaguars.
O'Shaughnessy caught three of four targets for 12 yards in Thursday's loss at Tennessee. O'Shaughnessy entered Thursday's game having caught three passes in the previous three games combined, but his increased involvement didn't equal increased production in this case. The 26-year-old remains in the starting role at tight end for the Jaguars -- he played 75 percent of offensive snaps Thursday -- and there's little reason to expect his fantasy outlook will change in the coming weeks in an offense that has scored a single touchdown over the last two games.
O'Shaughnessy didn't catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Buffalo. O'Shaughnessy -- along with the rest of the Jaguars' pass catchers -- has been invisible the last two weeks with one catch for four yards on four targets over the team's last two games. The 26-year-old isn't worth fantasy consideration given Jacksonville's complete inability to throw the football.
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|1||09/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|6||10/13||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|8||10/27||New York Jets||6||4.88|
|13||12/01||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|14||12/08||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
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