Cole brought in one of two targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 45-42 AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers. He also returned one kickoff for three yards. The rookie made an impact with his one reception, a 45-yard haul that took the ball down to the shadow of the Steelers' goal line with 11:22 remaining in the contest. Leonard Fournette was able to notch a three-yard touchdown run on the next play, giving the Jaguars a 35-21 lead at the time. Cole made significant strides in the latter half of the regular season in the wake of ankle injuries to Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee, posting 17 receptions for 327 yards and a touchdown over the final three contests. Now sharing secondary receiver duties with fellow first-year pass catcher Dede Westbrook in the postseason, Cole could potentially play an important role in next Sunday's AFC championship showdown against the Patriots.
Cole (quadriceps) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice. Cole has been limited in both of the Jaguars' practice sessions to open the week, but it's believed he'll be ready to suit up Sunday against the Titans. The wideout, who has turned in back-to-back 100-yard outings, would clear up any concern about his status for the weekend by practicing fully Friday.
Cole is questionable to return to Sunday's game at San Francisco due to an ankle injury. According to Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com, Cole was "twisted up on a block" during a fourth-quarter drive, which concluded with a T.J. Yeldon TD run to bring the Jags within 37-27 just before the two-minute warning. If Cole fails to return in the waning minutes, he'll finish the contest with six catches (on 12 targets) for 108 yards, marking his second outing in a row hitting the century mark.
Cole caught seven of nine targets for 186 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 45-7 win over the Texans. Cole led the team in targets, catches and yardage in this one, finding the end zone from nine yards out just before halftime. He comfortably notched a new career high in receiving yards, thanks in large part to a 73-yard gain to set up a score. Marqise Lee (ankle) left the game in the first quarter, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, which opened the door for Cole to play an expanded role. He's now scored in three straight weeks, however, and should continue operating as the team's top deep threat next week against the 49ers, regardless of Lee's availability.
Cole caught all three of his targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-10 win over the Colts. Cole scored his first NFL touchdown from eight yards out late in the second quarter and accounted for quarterback Blake Bortles' longest completion with a 32-yard catch in the third. The rookie undrafted free agent should continue to operate as Jacksonville's No.3 wide receiver behind Marqise Lee and Dede Westbrook with Allen Hurns (ankle) sidelined.
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