Keelan Cole is not someone who should be drafted in a standard Fantasy league and it's a bit surprising he's still on the Jaguars. They gave him a Round 2 tender in the offseason despite the fact that he's at best their No. 4 receiver. Cole has been very good on a per target basis throughout his career and could be a waiver wire target in deeper leagues if D.J. Chark or Chris Conley misses time.
Cole signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Jaguars on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Jacksonville was all but guaranteed to retain Cole's services after placing a second-round tender on the wide receiver in March. He's been a model of health in three pro seasons, never missing a game, but his target count has decreased on each occasion (83 in 2017, 70 in 2018 and 35 last year). Cole's peripherals are nothing to complain about -- 15.3 YPC and 8.5 YPT on 188 career targets -- but he faces a steep climb to regular volume with DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley all ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Jaguars are giving Cole a second-round tender, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Cole went undrafted back in 2017, so an original-round tender wouldn't have offered any draft compensation if the Jaguars failed to match an offer sheet. A second-round tender, on the other hand, ensures that Cole won't receive any offer sheets, which means he'll be back with the Jaguars unless there's an unexpected trade. He operated as the team's No. 4 wide receiver throughout most of last season, catching 24 of 35 targets for 361 yards and three touchdowns. If nothing else, Cole has proven himself effective as a part-time deep threat, showing flashes of starter potential. He'll likely enter training camp behind DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley on the depth chart.
Cole caught three of four targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts. The 26-year-old played 29 offensive snaps as he worked in his usual role as Jacksonville's No. 4 wide receiver, but he ended up finishing second on the team in yards thanks to a 45-yard catch in the second quarter. Cole played a minimal offensive role through the first six weeks of the season, but he ended up carving out a steady snap share the rest of the campaign. He finished 2019 with 24 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns while improving his ball security with zero fumbles. Cole enters 2020 as a restricted free agent and isn't guaranteed to be tendered a contract, especially if the Jaguars opt to make upgrades to their wide receiving corps.
Cole caught one of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Falcons. Cole had 76 receiving yards Week 15 but returned to obscurity against the Falcons. The 26-year-old has 21 receptions for 294 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games.
Cole caught three of six targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Raiders. He led the Jaguars in receiving yards, but most of his production came on a 55-yard grab on the team's opening drive. and Cole did little afterwards. The six targets tied his season high, and the third-year wideout could see elevated volume again in Week 16 against the Falcons if DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) remains sidelined.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||11/01||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|10||11/15||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|3 Year Avg||62||35||533||2||25||15.23||63|