The Jaguars activated Agnew (undisclosed) from the non-football injury list Monday, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. Agnew began training camp on the NFI list, but now that he's passed his physical, he'll be eligible to take the field with teammates. The Jaguars are counting on Agnew to make plays in the return game, just as he did in Detroit over the last four years.
The Jaguars placed Agnew (undisclosed) on the non-football injury list Wednesday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. Agnew joined Jacksonville via a three-year pact back in March, likely positioning him to operate as the team's top return man when healthy. The nature of his current injury remains unknown.
Agnew and the Jaguars agreed to a three-year deal that could pay him as much as $21 million with incentives Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Agnew had a career-high 13 catches with the Lions last season, but he's yet to score a receiving touchdown in four NFL seasons. Most of his value lies on special teams, where Agnew has scored four touchdowns as a punt returner and another on a kick return in his career. He'll likely work as Jacksonville's top return man.
Agnew played 11 snaps on offense but wasn't targeted with a pass during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota. Agnew wasn't targeted at all in the final two games of the season, and the former cornerback will end the year with 13 receptions for 89 yards during his first full season as a dedicated wideout. Despite the downturn from his modest midseason offensive involvement, the 2017 All-Pro return man more than earned his keep on special teams this year by ranking seventh in average kickoff return (28.0 yards) and third in average punt return (12.7) among players with at least 10 attempts, not to mention also being one of eight players to return a punt for a touchdown in 2020. Now an unrestricted free agent at 25 years old, Agnew should generate significant interest for his services on special teams this offseason despite his underwhelming performance as both a cornerback and receiver through four years in the league.
Agnew hauled in his lone target for four yards, adding an 11-yard rush and two kickoff returns for 95 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay. The 2017 All-Pro special teamer was at it again Week 14, establishing a new season best with his 71-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter Sunday. Agnew's production as a punt-return specialist has undeniably dropped since his breakout 2017 campaign that consisted of 15.4 yards per attempt and two touchdowns. His kickoff-return average has steadily exceeded 26.0 each of the past three years, however. Agnew's 19 targets, 12 receptions and 102 scrimmage yards from this season all eclipse personal bests set over his first three NFL campaigns.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||5||19.00|
|13||12/05||@Los Angeles Rams||3||12.00|
|16||12/26||@New York Jets||10||23.00|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||7||20.00|
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|3 Year Avg||7||5||29||0||1||5.80||2|