Cole will be part of a Jacksonville receiving corps that includes Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief and fellow second-year player Dede Westbrook, but not Allen Robinson or Allen Hurns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Cole was a pleasant surprise as an undrafted rookie last season, catching 42 of 81 targets for 748 yards (9.2 YPT) and three scores in 16 games. His rapid, unexpected emergence softens the blow of losing Robinson and Hurns, though the addition of Moncrief on a surprisingly lucrative one-year contract suggests that Cole and fellow 2017 rookie Dede Westbrook (a fourth-round pick) may be left to compete for the No. 3 receiver job. The situation bears watching throughout the offseason and into training camp, considering Cole was far more productive than Moncrief (391 yards, two TDs) last year.
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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