The Jets and Cole agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Cole broke out as an undrafted rookie in 2017 with a 42-748-3 line on 83 targets. His production has taken a noticeable dip since then, with his YPC dropping from 17.8 that season to 12.8 over the past three. Upon joining the Jets, Cole will be behind Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder in the pecking order at wide receiver, likely competing with second-year pro Denzel Mims for reps.
Cole caught three of seven targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Colts.
The absences of DJ Chark (shin) and Collin Johnson (hamstring) provided significant potential for production in the season finale, but it was fellow receivers Chris Conley and Laviska Shenault that took advantage Sunday. Cole finished the season with 55 catches for 642 yards and five touchdowns while playing all 16 games, and he led Jacksonville's wideouts in snaps while working primarily out of the slot. It was a solid rebound campaign after struggling over the previous two years, and the 27-year-old is poised to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Cole brought in three of four targets for 26 yards in the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
Cole filled his usual complementary role, tying for third in receptions with Chris Conley behind DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault. The 27-year-old has a modest 5-48 line over the last two games after a productive seven-catch, 67-yard, one-touchdown effort in Week 14 against the Titans. Cole will look to put together a strong finish to his fourth campaign when he faces a tough Colts defense in Week 17.
Cole caught both of his targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 40-14 loss at Baltimore.
The 27-year-old had seven catches for 67 yards and one touchdown last week versus the Titans, but he was barely involved in the passing game against the Ravens despite playing 43 of 58 offensive snaps. Cole has played about 80 percent of Jacksonville's offensive snaps throughout the season, but the volatility of the offense limits his potential for fantasy output.
Cole recorded seven receptions on 12 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Titans.
Cole led the team in targets, receptions and yards. He also tallied the team's only touchdown of the contest on a five-yard catch late in the third quarter. Given that Cole had commanded only 13 targets across his last three contests combined, it's difficult to trust that he'll maintain that type of volume moving forward. Adding haziness to the situation is the Jaguars' lack of clarity at quarterback and a difficult Week 15 matchup against the Ravens.
Cole caught one of two targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.
The 27-year-old played 49 of 71 offensive snaps -- second among Jacksonville wideouts -- but he didn't find much involvement in the passing game. Mike Glennon fed 12 targets to tight ends Tyler Eifert and James O'Shaughnessy, and rookie Collin Johnson also caught four of six targets for 66 yards. If those target trends continue -- in addition to top wideout DJ Chark -- Cole may have a difficult time replicating his production from earlier this season.
Cole caught three of six targets for 44 yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Cleveland.
The 27-year-old seemed primed for a larger workload with DJ Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) sidelined, but it was rookie Collin Johnson (four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown) who stepped up for Jacksonville. Cole basically ended up hitting his season averages (3.6 catches for 45.3 yards), though he was unable to get in the end zone. Cole has enjoyed a bounceback campaign in 2020 with 39 catches for 497 yards and four touchdowns through 11 games, but he's a low-ceiling fantasy option in the Jaguars' passing game.
Coach Doug Marrone suggested Cole could be a more important part of the offense with both DJ Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) ruled out for Sunday's game against Cleveland. "We have a plan," Marrone said. "But we're comfortable, we'll have-Keelan [Cole] will be out there for us and obviously Laviska [Shenault Jr.] is back and he had a good week."
Cole has been a regular in the slot all year, averaging 3.6 catches for 45.3 yards and 0.4 TDs on 5.4 targets per game. Those are good numbers for a slot specialist in a subpar offense, and Cole also has plenty of experience working outside on deeper routes, having handled that role earlier in his career. The versatility is especially valuable with his position group banged up, but a passing game led by QB Mike Glennon isn't likely to be prolific.
Cole caught two of his five targets for 26 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Cole enjoyed a huge outing last week in Green Bay, logging five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown while adding the longest punt-return TD (91 yards) in Jaguars history. This time around he wasn't capable of making nearly the same impact, as his quarterback Jake Luton labored to 151 yards through the air with a 0:4 TD:INT. Cole's offerings in fantasy have been inconsistent, as he has five different games this season with 100-plus receiving yards or a touchdown, but also three appearances with two or fewer catches and under 30 receiving yards. Those three subpar outings have all come in his past four games. Next, Jacksonville plays host to a Browns defense that allowed two different Eagles -- Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers -- to go for 45-plus receiving yards and a touchdown Sunday.
Cole reeled in five of his seven targets for 47 yards and a receiving touchdown, adding a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown during Sunday's 24-20 loss to Green Bay.
Cole kept his team in the game with a pair of critical contributions, making history Sunday by recording the longest punt-return TD in 26 years of Jaguars football. The 27-year-old also secured Jake Luton's lone passing score of the afternoon while ranking second on the team in targets behind Chris Conley (eight). Cole compiled just 18 combined receiving yards in his previous two games entering Sunday, but immediately prior to that, he tallied 143 receiving yards on six catches against the Lions. The Kentucky Wesleyan standout now has two impressive outings over his past four as the Jaguars prepare for a Week 11 matchup against Pittsburgh's No. 5 scoring defense.
Cole caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Texans.
The 27-year-old had an opportunity for a big day with Laviska Shenault (hamstring) making an early exit, but it was Chris Conley who stepped up with seven receptions for 52 yards. The shift from Gardner Minshew (thumb) to rookie Jake Luton at quarterback didn't have a major impact on the production in the Jags' passing game, but Cole clearly didn't show a great rapport with the rookie in his debut. Cole should continue to see significant reps -- especially if Shenault is forced to miss time -- but he has only two catches for 18 yards in the past two games.
Cole (back) doesn't' have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Texans, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
The 27-year-old popped up on the injury report Friday as a limited participant due to a back issue, but it shouldn't impact his status for Sunday's contest. Cole has 28 catches for 374 yards and three touchdowns through seven games this season, but Jacksonville's passing game seems likely to take a hit with Gardner Minshew (thumb) sidelined and rookie Jake Luton leading the offense.
Cole caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 39-29 loss to the Chargers.
It was a disappointing follow-up to Cole's 143-yard eruption against the Lions last week, but the Chargers' pass rush gave Gardner Minshew little time to let routes develop downfield, and the production of the entire WR corps suffered. Cole is on pace for a career-best season heading into Jacksonville's Week 8 bye, but he could be catching passes from a different quarterback on the other side of the break, as Minshew's job security is shaky following six straight losses.
Cole recorded six receptions on nine targets for 143 yards in Week 6 against the Lions.
Cole commanded a season-best nine targets and took advantage by recording explosive plays. He provided the three longest gains for the Jaguars -- receptions of 51, 35 and 24 yards -- highlighted by a broken play during which he broke free from the Lions secondary. For the season, Cole has been able to find the end zone or top 100 yards in four of the team's six contests. While he surpassed rookie Laviska Shenault for targets in Week 6, it may be difficult for Cole to command this type of volume on a weekly basis going forward.
Cole recorded two receptions on six targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Texans.
Cole's six targets were good for fourth on the team, but he was largely inefficient with his opportunity. He did come through with a grab in the corner of the end zone to record a 13-yard touchdown reception halfway through the second quarter. Though Cole has only 219 yards through five contests, he has found the end zone on three occasions. If DJ Chark (ankle) is unable to suit up in Week 6 against the Lions, Cole should be in line for increased opportunity.
Cole caught four of five targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Bengals.
The 27-year-old has surprisingly been a model of consistency through four games, totaling at least four receptions and 40-plus yards in each contest. However, his season-high marks of six catches and 58 yards offers a fairly limited ceiling if he doesn't reach the end zone. Cole's snap share pegs him as Jacksonville's No. 2 wide receiver, but rookie Laviska Shenault has been the more explosive option in the offense behind top wideout DJ Chark.
Cole brought in four of five targets for 43 yards and returned one kickoff for 24 yards in the Jaguars' 31-13 loss to the Dolphins on Thursday.
With DJ Chark (chest) sidelined for Thursday's game, Cole was third in receptions and second in receiving yardage on the night. The 27-year-old has gotten plenty of attention from quarterback Gardner Minshew through the first three games of the season, as he's now logged 17 targets, 15 of which he's brought in for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Cole saw his role diminish last season while playing with Minshew and Nick Foles -- he slumped to a career-low 24 receptions for 361 yards over 16 games -- but his outlook appears much brighter through the first three games of 2020. Cole will look to keep up the momentum, with or without Chark available, when the Jaguars face the Bengals in a Week 4 road matchup in Sunday, Oct. 4.
Cole could take on a heavier snap count Thursday against the Dolphins with DJ Chark (chest) ruled out for the contest, James Johnson of USA Today reports.
Cole has already started in both of the Jaguars' first two games and ranks second on the team with 105 yards, but he's played less than 70 percent of the offensive snaps. With Jacksonville's top target out of the mix this week, however, more snaps and looks could be funneled Cole's way out of necessity. Along with Cole, Laviska Shenault and Chris Conley are expected to help replace Chark, while tight end Tyler Eifert and depth wideout Dede Westbrook may also take on heightened roles in the team's passing game.
Cole caught six of seven targets for 58 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Titans.
The 27-year-old is proving to be a favorite target of QB Gardner Minshew's early in the season, as his seven targets tied for the highest total on the team. Cole caught only 24 passes for 361 yards and three scores last season, but he's been significantly more involved in the offense in 2020 with 11 receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Cole hauled in all five of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Colts.
Cole got a big boost as he was active ahead of Dede Westbrook (coach's decision). He delivered on the opportunity, catching a wide open 22-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to give the Jaguars the lead. He turned in only short gains otherwise but could continue to see decent playing time so long as he remains ahead of Westbrook on the depth chart.
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