Nov 13, 2022; Winnigeg, Manitoba, CAN; BC Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) throws against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the first half at Investors Group Field. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jaguars signing star CFL QB Nathan Rourke

The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing record-setting Canadian Football League quarterback Nathan Rourke, ESPN reported Sunday.

Rourke, 24, will be expected to compete for the backup job behind Trevor Lawrence this offseason.

The BC Lions star reportedly worked out for at least a dozen NFL teams over the past two months, including the Jaguars’ fellow playoff teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and New York Giants.

Rourke completed a CFL-record 78.7 percent of his passes for 3,349 yards and 25 touchdown passes in 10 games in 2022. The British Columbia native was named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian.

Rourke broke the 41-year-old single-game record for Canadian quarterbacks three times, throwing for 436 yards vs. Toronto on June 25, 477 vs. Edmonton on Aug. 6 and 488 vs. Calgary on Aug. 13.

Rourke was undrafted by the NFL in 2021 after passing for 7,457 yards, 60 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in three seasons at Ohio University.

–Field Level Media

Jan 7, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) hands off to running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Wild Card Weekend: Chargers-Jaguars Preview, Props, Prediction

Two of the marquee young quarterbacks in the NFL will be on display in primetime on Saturday night when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second wild-card game of the day.

The Chargers’ Justin Herbert and the Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence will also be making their first career postseason starts.

Lawrence got the better of the regular-season meeting, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-10 win at Los Angeles in Week 3.

However, it’s the wild-card Chargers (10-7) who are 2.5-point road favorites in the rematch against the AFC South champion Jaguars (9-8).

The line has held steady all week at BetMGM, where Los Angeles has been backed by 62 percent of the spread-line bets and 61 percent of the handle, while the Chargers’ -145 moneyline has drawn 74 percent of the money.

They have also been the more popular play at DraftKings, where the Chargers have been supported by 59 percent of the spread-line bets and 63 percent of the money. However, the Jaguars’ +120 moneyline has drawn 56 and 61 percent of the action, respectively.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the ’21 draft, made big strides this season while passing for 4,113 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. And suddenly, the Jaguars are a hot club entering the postseason for just the second time in the past 15 years.

“Now Trevor gets his opportunity,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said. “It just goes to show how important that position is, as we know. We’re just fortunate and blessed to have Trevor as our guy leading this football team.”

The Chargers are hoping it is Herbert who takes that huge step forward.

Herbert, the sixth overall selection in 2020, passed for 4,739 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his third straight solid campaign.

“He has always played his best when the stage is the biggest,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. “That is how his career has been in the NFL. In primetime, the big games he has had for the first three years, he has always risen to the occasion because that is the type of competitor that he is.”

PROP PICKS
Chargers WR Josh Palmer Over 4.5 Receptions (+130 at BetMGM/DraftKings): With Mike Williams ruled out Friday, Palmer is once again asked to step into a prominent role in the Chargers’ passing game. He actually led the Chargers’ wideouts with 72 catches on 107 targets during the regular season. He caught at least five passes in seven of 16 games played, with five of those coming during a six-game midseason stretch when Williams and Keenan Allen were battling injuries. His role tailed off the final month of the season, but Palmer will be called upon opposite Allen again on Saturday.

Jaguars RB Travis Etienne Over 76.5 Rushing Yards (-112 at BetRivers): The potential payout is slightly lower at -115 at the other two sportsbooks. Etienne’s rushing production has been extremely sporadic — seven games under 50 yards to go with five games topping 100 yards. The bottom line is, when Etienne gets enough touches, he typically produces. In Lawrence’s first playoff game while coming off a mediocre Week 18 outing, Pederson would be wise to lean heavily on Etienne against a Chargers defense that ranked 28th in allowing 145.8 yards per game on the ground.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler Anytime TD (-165 at DraftKings): This has been the second-most bet player prop of the weekend at the sportsbook after opening at -155. Ekeler reached the end zone at least once in 11 of the Chargers’ final 14 regular-season games and averaged 17.2 touches over the final six. For those seeking a bigger payout, Ekeler is being offered at +550 to be the first touchdown scorer.

INJURY REPORT
Chargers: WR Mike Williams (back) was ruled out Friday, while pass rusher Joey Bosa (groin) was a full participant all week and is set to play.

Jaguars: Five players were as questionable, including Lawrence (toe), who was a limited practice participant all week. The other questionable Jaguars are WR Jamal Agnew (shoulder), LS Ross Matiscik (back), OG Brandon Scherff (abdomen) and WR Kendric Pryor (shoulder).

PREDICTION
Experience matters, and not just at the quarterback position. Staley has come under fire for playing his starters deep into last weekend’s game that had no bearing on the Chargers’ playoff position, and Los Angeles likely lost Williams for the rest of the season as a result. Both coaches are known for being aggressive in crucial situations, but Pederson has a Super Bowl on his resume and we trust his ability to have the young Jaguars well-prepared.

–Jaguars 24, Chargers 23

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) is carted off the field in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) questionable vs. Jaguars

Los Angeles Chargers receiver Mike Williams is listed as questionable to play in Saturday’s night’s AFC wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to his back injury.

Williams was injured during the regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and didn’t practice this week.

After Thursday’s practice, Chargers coach Brandon Staley said Williams will make the trip to Jacksonville and work out before the game to see if he is fit enough to play.

“He’s progressing, getting treatment,” Staley said. “Just trying to get him as much rest as possible because of the short time frame of the week, and we’re at the point of the season where the reps aren’t what matters — the rest is — in his case. Just trying to get him as much rest up until game time.”

Williams was injured during the second quarter against Denver. An MRI exam the following day revealed a contusion and no fractures or muscle injuries.

Williams, 28, had a team-high 895 yards in 13 regular-season contests despite missing four games in the middle of the season with an ankle injury. He had 63 catches, including four touchdowns.

Jacksonville listed five players as questionable, including standout quarterback Trevor Lawrence (toe), who was a limited practice participant all week.

The other questionable Jaguars are returner/receiver Jamal Agnew (shoulder), long snapper Ross Matiscik (back), guard Brandon Scherff (abdomen) and wideout Kendric Pryor (shoulder).

Fourth-seeded Jacksonville went 9-8 in the regular season and won the AFC South title. The fifth-seeded Chargers (10-7) earned a wild-card spot.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot (91) goes after Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during early second quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, November 27, 2022. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars’ Dawuane Smoot (Achilles) out for season

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot announced Saturday that he will miss the rest of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

Smoot sustained the non-contact injury during Jacksonville’s 19-3 victory over the host New York Jets on Thursday in East Rutherford, N.J. He posted on Instagram that the results of the MRI confirmed the severity of the injury.

“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to finish the season on the field alongside my brothers as we fight for a postseason berth, but I’m proud of the work we have done as a team to put ourselves in a position to play meaningful football at this point in the season,” Smoot wrote. “I plan to be there for my teammates and support them as we work towards finishing strong.”

Smoot, 27, has registered a team co-leading five sacks to go along with 12 quarterback hits and 21 tackles in 15 games this season, his sixth with the Jaguars.

He signed a two-year, $10 million extension in 2021 and is slated to be a free agent at the end of this season.

Smoot has recorded 22.5 sacks, 60 QB hits, four forced fumbles and 123 tackles in 87 career games (17 starts) since being selected by Jacksonville in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence leads surging Jaguars against Zach Wilson, Jets

Bottom feeders to potential division champions in a span of four weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars have more than something to play for Thursday.

The Jaguars are chasing an unlikely bid to win the AFC South when they visit the fading New York Jets at East Rutherford, N.J.

Jacksonville (6-8) has won three of its past four games to move within one game of the Tennessee Titans in the division race. The Jaguars beat the host Titans two weeks ago and pulled out a dramatic 40-34 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

The win sets up Jacksonville nicely. Following the game against the Jets (7-7) — who have lost three straight games — are contests against the lowly Houston Texans and a rematch with the Titans to close the season.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson doesn’t want to hear anything about playoff scenarios.

“I’m not thinking past Thursday, quite honestly,” Pederson told reporters. “We’ve got a good football team that we’re going up against Thursday night. Anything’s possible. I understand that. We’ve still got a big road ahead. But if we continue to improve on what we’ve done here in the last month of the season, then I think it’s possible.”

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins set career highs of 18 tackles and two interceptions and made the biggest play in the upset of Dallas after the Jaguars pulled out of a 17-point hole. Jenkins made a shoelace grab of a tipped pass from Dak Prescott and returned the interception 52 yards for the game-ending points.

Offensively, Zay Jones caught a career-best three touchdowns and 2021 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence continued his recent rise.

Lawrence threw a career-high four touchdown passes while having 318 yards and one interception. He has thrown 13 of his 24 touchdown passes over his past five games.

“This is where it’s fun,” Jones said of the stretch drive. “It’s going to come down to who wants it more, who executes. We get to see what we’re made of down the stretch. I’m very confident in the men I’m going to battle with.”

The Jets have fallen one game out in the AFC wild-card chase after consecutive losses to the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions.

Zach Wilson, the second overall pick in 2021 after Lawrence, will make his second straight start with Mike White (ribs) still sidelined. Wilson lost his starting gig earlier this season and now New York’s season in riding on the second-year pro’s performance.

Jets coach Robert Saleh didn’t have time to wait on White’s health during a short week.

“Zach is growing. He’s growing with this team, he’s growing with all of us,” Saleh said Tuesday. “So again, it’s a matter of reps. And the more he sees it, the faster he’ll play. The faster he plays, the faster they’ll get the ball out and just everything happens faster as things happen faster.”

Wilson passed for 317 yards in last Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Lions. That’s the second-best yardage total of his career. He also threw two touchdown passes and was intercepted once.

The latest loss rates as a huge blow for a New York squad that once held a 5-2 record after four straight wins. Now the Jets are flying in the wrong direction.

“We have a short week, so we’ve got to be able to get our minds right for the game on Thursday or what just happened (against Detroit) is going to eat us alive the whole week,” rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner said. “It’s pretty hard, but we’ve got to be mature adults and we’ve just got to focus on Jacksonville.”

Cornerback Brandin Echols (quadriceps) and receivers Denzel Mims (concussion) and Jeff Smith (knee) haven’t practiced this week for the Jets.

Jacksonville left tackle Cam Robinson tore the meniscus in his right knee against Dallas and will likely miss the rest of the season. Jaguars defensive lineman and former Jet Foley Fatukasi (ankle) missed Tuesday’s practice.

New York has won five of the past seven meetings, including a 26-21 home victory last season.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) scores a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Barr (42) during the second quarter of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars stun Cowboys with pick-6 in overtime

Rayshawn Jenkins’ 51-yard interception return with 6:52 left in overtime lifted the host Jacksonville Jaguars to a 40-34 victory over the visiting Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Trevor Lawrence went 27-for-42 passing for 318 yards with a career-high four touchdowns and an interception for Jacksonville (6-8), which has won three of its past four games. Zay Jones had six receptions for 109 yards and three scores, Christian Kirk had six catches for 92 yards and Travis Etienne Jr. rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries.

After Riley Patterson made a 48-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to tie the game at 34, the Jaguars punted on their first possession in overtime. But four plays later Jenkins made his second interception of the game when he grabbed Dak Prescott’s pass that bounced off Noah Brown’s hands and returned it down the sideline and into the end zone.

Trailing 31-27, Prescott capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brown for a 34-31 lead with 3:02 left in regulation.

The Cowboys (10-4) could have clinched a playoff spot with a win.

Prescott went 23-for-30 passing for 256 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 58 yards and a score and Tony Pollard had 75 yards on 19 carries. CeeDee Lamb added seven receptions for 126 yards, while Brown had six catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys extended their lead to 27-10 on Brett Maher’s 53-yard field goal with 5:21 left in the third quarter, taking advantage of DaRon Bland’s interception that gave Dallas the ball at the Jaguars’ 42-yard line.

Lawrence’s 59-yard touchdown pass to Jones made it 27-17 with 3:57 left in the third quarter. His 10-yard scoring strike to Marvin Jones Jr. following Jenkins’ first interception of Prescott cut it to 27-24 with 1:23 left in the quarter.

Lawrence’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones gave Jacksonville a 31-27 lead with 10:03 left in the game.

The Cowboys took a 7-0 lead on Elliott’s 10-yard run with 4:31 left in the first quarter after Etienne’s fumble gave Dallas good field position.

Dallas doubled its lead with 13:01 left in the second quarter on Prescott’s 20-yard scoring strike to tight end Peyton Hendershot.

Lawrence found Zay Jones over the middle for a 5-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 with 7:45 left in the half.

Prescott’s 1-yard scoring toss to Brown stretched the lead to 21-7 with 1:55 left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates with wide receiver Kadarius Toney (19) after a touchdown during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes’ 4 TD passes lead Chiefs past Jaguars

Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers as the Kansas City Chiefs captured a 27-17 win over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Mahomes completed 26 of 35 passes for 331 yards, finding Travis Kelce, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Noah Gray in the end zone. Mahomes also threw one interception as Kansas City (7-2) won its third straight game.

Kelce had six receptions for 81 yards, and Isiah Pacheco rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries.

Trevor Lawrence threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Christian Kirk on 29-for-40 passing for the Jaguars (3-7), who have lost six of their past seven.

Travis Etienne was held to 45 yards on 11 carries, and Kirk nabbed nine catches for 105 yards.

Lawrence threw a 4-yard touchdown to Evan Engram on Jacksonville’s first drive of the third quarter, but the score was nullified due to an ineligible man downfield. The Jaguars settled for Riley Patterson’s 35-yard field goal, punctuating a march that ate 9:14 of the clock.

But Kansas City later went up by 17 as Mahomes and Kelce teamed for a 7-yard touchdown near the end of the third. Kirk’s 19-yard TD catch cut Jacksonville’s deficit to 27-17 with 5:26 remaining, but that was the closest the Jags came.

In the first half, Mahomes’ 13-yard TD strike to Gray gave the Chiefs a 20-point lead with 46 seconds left, but Jacksonville responded with a vengeance.

The Jaguars took just 31 seconds to move 61 yards in five plays, pulling to 20-7 just before the break when Lawrence found Kirk in the end zone from the Kansas City 3.

In the first quarter, Kelce’s 46-yard reception highlighted a five-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Mahomes’ short pass to Toney, who tiptoed along the sideline from 6 yards out for his first NFL touchdown and a 7-0 edge.

After Patterson missed a 51-yard field goal, Mahomes found Valdes-Scantling three plays later for an 18-yard TD to double the Chiefs’ advantage with 9:55 left in the first half.

Kansas City receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster exited the game in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head, forcing him to enter the concussion protocol.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid gestures on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans during the second half of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Doug Pederson guides Jags vs. former mentor Andy Reid’s Chiefs

There often comes a day when the student becomes the master. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is just hoping that day doesn’t come any time soon.

Reid will be pitted against one of his former disciples Sunday when the Chiefs take on the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC showdown.

Doug Pederson is in his first year as coach of the Jaguars (3-6) but knows a thing or two about Reid after serving on his coaching staff in Kansas City and Philadelphia after also playing for him in 1999.

Reid knows Pederson will have his team ready to go.

“They look organized, and they have good energy,” Reid said of Jacksonville. “When you watch enough tape, there’s a certain trust that you can see through the players to the coaches indirectly.”

Pederson values the lessons he’s learned from Reid, but come game day, winning takes precedence.

“He’s taught me a lot about this game. It’s always fun to go against him and his teams because you know they’re going to be well coached and well disciplined,” Pederson said. “But once we tee it up, we’re focused on the game.”

In an attempt to oust his former mentor, Pederson will likely heavily utilize running back Travis Etienne, who blossomed midway through the season despite not starting the first five games.

Etienne, who missed last season due to a foot injury, has officially taken over as Jacksonville’s lead back after James Robinson was traded to the New York Jets. He’s rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last three games while recording all four of his touchdowns during that span.

Due to his increased workload, Etienne has also climbed his way up the leaderboards and now has the fifth-most rushing yards in the league (680).

“If you’re not giving that ball to one (Etienne) at least 25 times a game, what are you doing?” Jaguars tight end Evan Engram said according to the team’s website. “That kid’s special. Our offensive line is one of the best in the league, too, so we have to run the ball. That’s our identity. We have to keep going with it.”

Following a performance in which he racked up 109 yards along with two touchdowns in Jacksonville’s 27-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday, Etienne now turns his attention to a Chiefs defense that has struggled to contain the run as of late.

Kansas City (6-2) allowed an average of 65.8 yards on the ground through its first four games but has since surrendered an average of 138.3 over the last four.

Derrick Henry went for 115 yards as part of the Tennessee Titans’ 172-yard rushing performance against the Chiefs last weekend, but Kansas City was able to escape with a 20-17 win in overtime.

The Chiefs will be searching for their third straight win, but might be without wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who missed Wednesday’s practice with an abdomen injury.

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins (concussion) did not participate in the Jaguars’ practice on Wednesday, while Engram (back) was limited.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; London, United Kingdom; A general overall view of Wembley Stadium during an NFL International Series game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Latavius Murray helps Broncos jolt Jaguars in London

Latavius Murray rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Denver Broncos to a 21-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London.

Russell Wilson returned from a nagging hamstring injury that kept him out of Denver’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 23. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 252 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Murray’s score allowed the Broncos (3-5) to move ahead, and K’Waun Williams sealed the victory by jumping in front of Jaguars receiver Christian Kirk to pick off Trevor Lawrence on the ensuing possession.

Lawrence, who threw two costly interceptions, completed 18 of 31 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown.

The Jaguars (2-6) lost their fifth straight game overall and ninth in a row by one score. All six of their defeats this season have been by a one-score margin.

Jacksonville kept things close thanks to another productive rushing outing from Travis Etienne, who ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Jacksonville took the lead on its previous drive with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter after Etienne scored on a draw play from 1 yard out.

But Wilson led Denver back with a 7-play, 80-yard drive which began with a 47-yard pass down the sideline to KJ Hamler.

Lawrence’s first interception came in the first half on a play that could have put Jacksonville ahead by two scores. After driving to the Denver 1-yard line, Lawrence rolled out to his right near the sideline and fired a ball into the end zone, but Justin Simmons leaped and intercepted the pass.

The play swung the momentum in Denver’s favor.

Murray led all Broncos rushers with 46 yards on 14 carries, but Denver collectively ran for 101 yards. Melvin Gordon III also scored a touchdown and finished with 29 yards on nine carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up before a game against the New York Giants at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jags, Broncos look to snap 4-game losing streaks in London

The availability of quarterback Russell Wilson is the main question concerning the Denver Broncos as they prepare for a crucial game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in London.

Both the Broncos (2-5) and the Jaguars (2-5) enter the game on four-game losing streaks.

Wilson, who was out against the New York Jets last week due to a nagging hamstring injury, has struggled in his first season with Denver. The losing streak has also put first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett on the hot seat.

“It’s about what goes on in our building, and how we all communicate, how we all talk. I haven’t felt that others might have, but we block out that noise,” Hackett said Monday. “We don’t really have a lot of time to look at it because we just want to keep all of our heads down and do better, both as coaching staff, players across the board.

“Everybody wants to come together and be able to win and turn this thing around and that’s our goal. That’s our main focus and that’s what we’re all going to keep looking at.”

Wilson, who was limited in practice on Wednesday, told reporters this week that he felt great and was “ready to rock” come Sunday.

The Broncos, who traded a package that included two first-round and two second-round picks to acquire Wilson from Seattle before signing him to a five-year, $245 million extension with $165 million guaranteed this offseason, rank last in the NFL in scoring (14.3 points per game) and 23rd in yards per game (328.6).

Wilson ranks 19th among quarterbacks with 1,442 yards, but has thrown only five touchdown passes (tied for 26th in the NFL) in six games. He only has a 58.6 completion percentage and 83.4 passer rating.

The Jaguars already underwent a significant change to their roster this week when they traded running back James Robinson to the Jets for a conditional pick that will either be a fifth- or sixth-rounder in the 2023 draft.

Robinson was the Jaguars lead back in 2020 and 2021 and returned from injury this season to average 4.2 yards per carry. However, the emergence of Travis Etienne in recent weeks facilitated the move. Robinson, who Jacksonville originally signed as an undrafted free agent, ran for 2,177 yards in 35 games (32 starts) for the Jaguars.

“I have a ton of respect for James,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson told ESPN on Wednesday. “He put himself in a position to help our football team, and now he gets a chance to do that with the Jets and wishing him well.”

Etienne has run for 415 yards and a touchdown on 68 carries so far this season with 14 receptions for 151 yards.

Lawrence’s development as a second-year starter has influenced Jacksonville’s results so far this season. Lawrence, who threw a league-worst 17 interceptions as a rookie, has only four in seven starts this season and has already thrown nine touchdown passes after throwing only 12 in 2021.

Six Broncos did not practice on Wednesday.

Those non-participants included outside linebacker Baron Browning (hip), tackle Cameron Fleming (quad), defensive lineman Mike Purcell (knee) and safety Caden Sterns (hip).

Wilson (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday’s practicem as was inside linebacker Josey Jewell (knee).

For the Jaguars, only wide receiver Jamal Agnew (knee) was limited.

–Field Level Media