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.
Cole signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Jaguars on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Jacksonville was all but guaranteed to retain Cole's services after placing a second-round tender on the wide receiver in March. He's been a model of health in three pro seasons, never missing a game, but his target count has decreased on each occasion (83 in 2017, 70 in 2018 and 35 last year). Cole's peripherals are nothing to complain about -- 15.3 YPC and 8.5 YPT on 188 career targets -- but he faces a steep climb to regular volume with DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley all ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Jaguars are giving Cole a second-round tender, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Cole went undrafted back in 2017, so an original-round tender wouldn't have offered any draft compensation if the Jaguars failed to match an offer sheet. A second-round tender, on the other hand, ensures that Cole won't receive any offer sheets, which means he'll be back with the Jaguars unless there's an unexpected trade. He operated as the team's No. 4 wide receiver throughout most of last season, catching 24 of 35 targets for 361 yards and three touchdowns. If nothing else, Cole has proven himself effective as a part-time deep threat, showing flashes of starter potential. He'll likely enter training camp behind DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley on the depth chart.
Cole caught three of four targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts.
The 26-year-old played 29 offensive snaps as he worked in his usual role as Jacksonville's No. 4 wide receiver, but he ended up finishing second on the team in yards thanks to a 45-yard catch in the second quarter. Cole played a minimal offensive role through the first six weeks of the season, but he ended up carving out a steady snap share the rest of the campaign. He finished 2019 with 24 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns while improving his ball security with zero fumbles. Cole enters 2020 as a restricted free agent and isn't guaranteed to be tendered a contract, especially if the Jaguars opt to make upgrades to their wide receiving corps.
Cole caught one of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Falcons.
Cole had 76 receiving yards Week 15 but returned to obscurity against the Falcons. The 26-year-old has 21 receptions for 294 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games.
Cole caught three of six targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Raiders.
He led the Jaguars in receiving yards, but most of his production came on a 55-yard grab on the team's opening drive. and Cole did little afterwards. The six targets tied his season high, and the third-year wideout could see elevated volume again in Week 16 against the Falcons if DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) remains sidelined.
Cole, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley will work as the Jaguars' top three receivers Sunday against the Raiders with No. 1 option DJ Chark (ankle) ruled out for the contest, John Oehser of Jacksonville's official site reports. "Obviously, we're looking for those guys to step up," coach Doug Marrone said after Friday's practice.
Westbrook (55 receptions for 569 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games) and Conley (38-632-2 in 13 games) have well outpaced Cole in production this season, leaving those two as better bets to absorb most of Chark's vacated target volume. There should still be room for Cole to have a regular role in three-receiver sets and play at least half of the Jaguars' offensive snaps, assuming the Raiders keep the game competitive and force Jacksonville to deviate from an overly run-heavy script. With a 55.1 percent catch rate and an 8.1 yard-per-target mark for his career, Cole has essentially been a boom-or-bust option during his three NFL seasons and may need to connect on a deep-ball target to bring value in DFS contests.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ TEN||L 30-33||6||58||9.7||23||1|
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