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 secured his only target for four yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Falcons.
Cole's performance was nothing to write home about, but his outlook for the 2018 season may have experienced a significant boost nonetheless after teammate and fellow receiver Marqise Lee exited the game with an ugly knee injury. While Lee still needs to undergo further testing to determine the extent of the damage, there seems to be a very real chance that he'll need to miss a significant amount of time, which would force Cole into the No. 1 role after he ran alongside Lee with the first-team offense throughout training camp. Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and 2018 second-round pick D.J. Chark also stand to see larger roles in the passing game.
Cole was held out of Thursday's preseason game against the Saints with a foot injury, Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com reports.
The specifics of the injury are unclear at this point as the previously undisclosed issue wasn't announced until Thursday afternoon. The 25-year-old's next chance to suit up for preseason action is Aug. 18 at Minnesota.
Cole will be held out of Thursday's preseason contest against the Saints, Tad Dickman of the Jaguars' official site reports. Per Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL, Cole is dealing with a minor undisclosed injury.
Cole's listing among the Jags' scratches was a bit surprising, but it makes sense in the end if his health isn't pristine. The second-year wideout will have a few more chances to take the field during exhibition season, with the next arriving Saturday, Aug. 18 in Minnesota.
Cole gets the nod over Donte Moncrief, who signed a one-year, $9.6 million contract (fully guaranteed) this offseason. While Moncrief's salary may imply starter status, Cole is coming off a rookie season with 17.8 yards per catch and 9.2 yards per target. Moncrief didn't help his case when he missed the first week of training camp with a knee injury, though he does now seem to be healthy and still has time to push Cole for the starting job. With Dede Westbrook and second-round pick D.J. Chark also on hand, the Jaguars have stiff competition for playing time at wide receiver.
|5||10/7/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/11/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|14||12/6/18||@ TEN||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|