Aug 8, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears kicker Elliott Fry (8) watches from the bench in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars signing K Elliott Fry

The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing Elliott Fry after working out four kickers on Friday, NFL Network reported.

Fry, 27, appeared in three games with three different teams (Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs) over the past two seasons.

For his NFL career, he has made five of six field-goal attempts (with a long of 44 yards) and five of seven extra points.

Third-year veteran Ryan Santoso and undrafted rookie Andrew Mevis have been competing for the No. 1 kicker job throughout the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Adam Gotsis (96) during an NFL International Series game against the Miami Dolphins at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Dolphins 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars re-sign veteran DL Adam Gotsis

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced the re-signing of defensive lineman Adam Gotsis on Wednesday.

Terms were not disclosed.

Gotsis, 29, started four of his 16 games with the Jaguars last season and registered 27 tackles, seven quarterback hits and three sacks.

He has 173 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 89 games (46 starts) with the Denver Broncos (2016-19) and Jaguars.

The Broncos drafted the Australia native in the second round out of Georgia Tech in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde (24) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Jaguars releasing RB Carlos Hyde

The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing veteran running back Carlos Hyde, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Hyde, 31, is entering the second season of a two-year, $4.5 million contract he signed in March 2021.

The Jaguars will clear more than $1.9 million in salary cap space with the move, according to Spotrac.

Hyde appeared in 12 games (two starts) with Jacksonville in 2021, rushing for 253 yards and one touchdown and catching 12 passes for 65 yards.

A second-round pick by San Francisco in 2014, Hyde has gained 5,846 yards from scrimmage with 40 touchdowns in 102 games (60 starts) with the 49ers, Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks.

–Field Level Media

Nov 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman looks on prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jags interview Rick Spielman for front-office job

The Jacksonville Jaguars met with longtime Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman in person Monday about a “high-level front office position,” NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The specific nature of the role is unclear. The Jaguars already have a general manager, Trent Baalke, and are in the process of hiring a head coach to replace Urban Meyer.

Spielman, 59, was fired at the end of the 2021 season. He had been with the Vikings since 2006 and had served as general manager since 2012.

Before joining Minnesota, Spielman worked with the Miami Dolphins from 2000-04, including as general manager in his final season. He was the Chicago Bears’ director of pro personnel from 2000-01.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) drops back to pass in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars finish in style as Colts miss out on playoffs

Trevor Lawrence capped a rocky rookie season with 223 yards passing and two touchdowns Sunday as the Jacksonville Jaguars earned a 26-11 upset victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, who were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Colts still were alive for playoff consideration after the defeat but those hopes ended when the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 16-13 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Lawrence completed 23 of 32 passes, including a 3-yard strike to a leaping Marvin Jones in the back right corner of the end zone with 3:08 left in the third quarter. Lawrence jumped to rescue a high snap and then avoided blitzing safety Khari Willis to make the game-breaking play.

Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards as Jacksonville (3-14) snapped an eight-game losing streak and gave interim coach Darrell Bevill his first win after replacing Urban Meyer last month.

The Colts’ Carson Wentz hit 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman with 4:26 left in the game. But that was much too little, much too late for Indianapolis, who would have advanced to the playoffs with a win or a tie.

NFL rushing leader Jonathan Taylor had 77 yards on 15 attempts but was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-goal at the 1 early in the fourth quarter with the Colts trailing 23-3. He finished the regular season with 1,811 yards rushing.

Jacksonville put its stamp on the game immediately, driving 75 yards in 12 plays with its first possession of the game. Lawrence drilled a 2-yard touchdown pass to Laquon Treadwell at the 7:48 mark of the first quarter.

The Jaguars didn’t let Taylor get going in first half, limiting him to 18 yards. They also mounted a consistent pass rush that kept Wentz from finding a rhythm in the passing game. Indianapolis’ only points until late came on Michael Badgley’s 41-yard field goal with 9:08 left in the half.

Jacksonville made it 13-3 before halftime on 22- and 20-yard field goals from Matthew Wright, both after 11-play, 71-yard drives. The latter came one play after Laviska Shenault dropped a potential touchdown pass with two seconds left.

Lawrence finished the first half 19 of 25 for 208 yards.

–Field Level Media

New offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien watches quarterback Bryce Young take a snap during practice. The Alabama Crimson Tide opened practice for the 2021 season as they prepare to defend the 2020 National Championship Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Alabama First Practice

Reports: Jaguars to interview Bill O’Brien next week

The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing in former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien for an interview next week, multiple outlets reported Friday.

O’Brien, 52, led the Texans to a 52-48 record and four playoff appearances during his seven-year tenure (2014-20). He was fired after an 0-4 start to the 2020 campaign.

He is currently the offensive coordinator at Alabama and will coach in Monday night’s national championship game against Georgia.

The Jaguars are seeking a replacement for Urban Meyer, who was fired last month due to a disappointing season on the field and a series of embarrassing incidents off of it.

Doug Pederson, Jim Caldwell and Todd Bowles have reportedly already interviewed with Jacksonville. Others said to be under consideration include NFL offensive coordinators Kellen Moore (Dallas Cowboys), Nathaniel Hackett (Green Bay Packers) and Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Promising QBs search for more when Jaguars, Jets meet

The Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets selected Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson with the respective Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The two struggling quarterbacks will look to get on track at the other’s expense on Sunday when the Jaguars visit the Jets at East Rutherford, N.J.

Sunday’s game marks just the fourth time in NFL history that the No. 1 and 2 selections in the draft will meet as starting quarterbacks in their rookie seasons. The last such time came in 2015, when Jameis Winston led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.

Whether Robert Saleh will be available to see Lawrence vs. Wilson is in question, however, after New York’s head coach tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Should Saleh fail to be cleared to return, tight ends coach Ron Middleton — who guided the team through practice on Wednesday — will handle the head coaching responsibilities on Sunday.

Lawrence and Wilson have yet to pay significant early dividends for their respective teams as those clubs are again in the running for the top pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jaguars (2-12) are slightly “ahead” of the Detroit Lions (2-11-1) for the top pick, while the Jets (3-11) are in the mix.

Lawrence has thrown just one touchdown pass in the last seven games, a stretch in which Jacksonville has posted a 1-6 record after mustering just 73 combined points.

“I hate seeing that because that means we’re not scoring a lot of points,” said Lawrence, who has seen his team average a league-worst 14.0 points per game.

“It would be different if we were scoring points but in the run game or whatever it is, but still able to win games. That’s fine. It’s my job to try to win games, but when you see that and you’re not scoring points, it kinda goes hand-in-hand. It’s disappointing.”

James Robinson boosted his rushing touchdown total to eight after finding the end zone in Jacksonville’s 30-16 loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday. He is the fourth undrafted player in the common-draft era with at least 15 rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons.

Jacksonville activated Ryquell Armstead off Green Bay’s practice squad, with fellow running back Carlos Hyde (concussion) placed on injured reserve.

Jaguars tight end Dan Arnold could make an impact on Sunday after being placed on the designated to return list from injured reserve Wednesday. The trusted target of Lawrence had 28 catches for 324 yards before suffering an MCL sprain against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 28.

“He’s a great talent for us. He’s got a lot of speed and I think it presents a problem for the defense,” interim coach Darrell Bevell said. “But you know, we’ll just see how far he can come in the next few days.”

While Wilson has yet to blossom, he rushed for a touchdown for the third time in four games during New York’s 31-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.

That scoring output represented a boon for the Jets, who are averaging the league’s sixth-worst total of 17.9 points per contest.

Already without rookie Elijah Moore (team-leading 538 yards, five receiving touchdowns) and Corey Davis, the Jets could be down another wideout with Jamison Crowder (club-best 50 catches) failing to practice on Wednesday due to a calf injury.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley (back), defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins (knee), cornerback Bryce Hall (illness, non-COVID-19) and safety Elijah Riley (concussion) also didn’t practice on Wednesday.

As the team awaits word on Saleh, Middleton insisted that it will be business as usual as the club attempts to snap its third three-game losing streak of the season.

“I’m strictly team,” Middleton said. “There’s no selfish or personal deal in it at all. It’s strictly team, whatever I can do to help beat the Jaguars on Sunday.”

Linebacker Myles Jack (knee), who leads Jacksonville with 97 tackles, was one of seven Jaguars players who did not practice on Wednesday. Robinson (knee) and defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen (shoulder) were limited.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) after throwing his 4th interception of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

With Urban Meyer out, Jaguars start new era vs. Texans

With the Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville over after just 13 games, the Jaguars must turn their attention away from the coaching drama and focus on their Sunday home game against the Houston Texans.

Late Wednesday night, the Jaguars announced they were parting ways with Meyer, hours after a report in the Tampa Bay Times indicated that the first-year coach allegedly kicked Josh Lambo while the then-Jacksonville kicker was stretching before a practice during the final week of preseason.

In the past week, Meyer also had denied reports of strife within his coaching staff and the locker room.

Prior to Meyer’s ouster, Jacksonville rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence said Wednesday, “You’re always going to have some form of drama. I’ve learned that the NFL is just more drama in general than college, no matter where you’re at. But … there’s been a lot. … I do think that has to change and that’s something that we need to work on for sure.

“So you can’t always be in the headlines. You just got to go play football and that’s where we’re trying to get and I have no doubt we’ll get there.”

Even with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell taking over an interim basis as head coach, the problems plaguing the Jaguars (2-11) don’t appear near a solution.

The Jaguars have been particularly woeful on offense, ranking 31st in scoring with 13.8 points per game and 30th in total offense with 303.1 yards per game. Blanked by the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, the Jaguars have scored in single digits in four of seven games since their bye week.

Jacksonville, which rushed for 8 yards against Tennessee, is averaging 88.6 rushing yards during its current five-game losing streak. Ineffectiveness in the run game has heaped additional pressure on Lawrence, who tossed four interceptions against the Titans.

The Texans are struggling on offense, too. Houston hasn’t surpassed 100 yards rushing since Week 6 and ranks dead last in the league in rushing yards (1,008), rushing touchdowns (six) and yards per rushing attempt (3.3).

Houston (2-11) played with two running backs last week in a 33-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks after David Johnson was sidelined by COVID-19. The Texans lost one of those backs, Rex Burkhead, to a hip/quad injury and will be limited to two backs again vs. the Jaguars.

“Well, injuries happen and unfortunately for us, David having the COVID was a big setback simply because it wasn’t an injury more so than it was the situation with the COVID,” Texans coach David Culley said. “Playing those two and having three available is good enough for what we wanted to do moving forward after the break. Unfortunately, we’re losing Rex in that particular ballgame, and not having David was a tough deal for us.”

Rookie quarterback Davis Mills attempted 49 passes in the loss to Seattle, a direct result of the Texans’ inability to run the football. Culley named Mills the starter for the rest of the season, removing one obstacle in a series of them.

“I think the week of preparation (is) the same,” Mills said. “Obviously, the starter gets more reps in practice, so that helps with preparation a little bit, but the mentality is just going out there and playing my best.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39) avoids a tackle from Buffalo Bills defensive end A.J. Epenesa (57) in the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars place WR Jamal Agnew (hip) on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver and return specialist Jamal Agnew on injured reserve Monday.

NFL Network reported that the 26-year-old has a season-ending hip injury, sustained in Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

A first-team All-Pro selection as a 2017 rookie with the Detroit Lions, Agnew signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract with the Jaguars in March.

He has 24 catches for 229 yards and one touchdown, and has rushed seven times for 111 yards and one score in 10 games this season. Agnew is averaging 6.7 yards per punt return and 23.9 yards per kickoff return, including a 102-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 19.

The 2017 fifth-round pick has returned four punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career.

–Field Level Media