Cole turned eight targets into seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Patriots. Cole was one target behind Donte Moncrief's team-leading total, but he led Jacksonville in catches and receiving yards. The second-year wideout had an outstanding drive late in the first quarter, gaining 22 yards with a one-handed grab before catching the second of Blake Bortles' four touchdown passes from 24 yards out three plays later. We wouldn't expect Bortles to repeat this performance very often, but Cole looks to be emerging as the Jacksonville receiver to own.
Cole caught three of four targets for a team-high 54 yards in Sunday's 20-15, Week 1 win over the Giants. Cole recorded at least 99 yards in three of his final four games last season, and his sophomore campaign is off to a solid start. With Marqise Lee (knee) on IR, Cole and Dede Westbrook are primed to lead Jacksonville's receiving corps.
Cole and Donte Moncrief are listed as the Jaguars' starting wide receivers on their depth chart ahead of the team's Week 1 matchup with the Giants. Cole had a regular spot on the first-team offense throughout spring practice, training camp and the preseason, putting him on track for a starting job even before Marqise Lee (knee) was lost for the year. The second-year pro now finds himself as the favorite for the No. 1 wideout role, while Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark still seem to be fighting it out for playing time. It's difficult to make any assurances regarding target volume, but Cole is at least the best bet to handle a lofty snap count Week 1.
Cole isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game at Tampa Bay, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports. Among those in the Jaguars receiving corps, Cole will join Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Jaydon Mickens on the sideline, a great sign for all five that a 53-man roster spot is assured. Of course, there isn't much worry about Cole making the team, but Marqise Lee's torn ACL has thrust him to the top of the depth chart. Along with Westbrook and Moncrief, Cole will open the season with a prominent role in the offense one year removed from posting 42 catches (on 83 targets) for 748 yards and three touchdowns as an undrafted rookie.
Cole is in line for a larger role after Marqise Lee (knee) was ruled out for the season, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports. Cole and Lee have consistently worked as the first-team wideouts since the start of the offseason program, with Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief and D.J. Chark mixing in behind. Lee's season-ending injury makes Cole the new favorite to lead Jacksonville in targets -- a feat he wasn't all that far from accomplishing as an undrafted rookie last season. Of course, there isn't much reason to expect typical No. 1 wideout volume, considering the Jags still have decent pass-catching depth in what figures to be a run-first offense. Westbrook, Moncrief and Chark all offer some form of upside, as does new tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
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