Sep 26, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo (4) kicks the ball in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars cut veteran K Josh Lambo

The Jacksonville Jaguars cut veteran kicker Josh Lambo on Tuesday morning.

The move comes two days after Matt Wright kicked field goals of 53 and 54 yards in the final minutes of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins to give the Jaguars their first win of the season.

Lambo, who began his career with the Chargers in 2015, joined the Jaguars before the 2017 season. He was inactive the past three games while dealing with confidence issues.

Lambo, 30, missed five kicks in Jacksonville’s first three games: three field goals and two extra points. He also struggled in the preseason after being out for 12 games last year with a hip injury.

The Jaguars (1-5) will pay the remainder of Lambo’s $3.5 million salary in 2021.

Wright, 25, has made six of seven extra points and three of four field goals, including the game-winner against the Dolphins in London..

“Obviously, Matt’s earned the right to be the starting kicker,” Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

In 78 career games, Lambo has connected on 87.1 percent of his field goal attempts and 89.9 percent of extra point tries.

–Field Level Media

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Jaguars end 20-game losing skid, jolt Dolphins in London

Matthew Wright made a 53-yard field goal as time expired to help the Jacksonville Jaguars snap a 20-game losing streak, courtesy of a 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in London.

Wright also made field goals of 54 and 40 yards. The 54-yard field goal with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career. Entering this game, Jacksonville had not made a single field goal this year.

Jacksonville (1-5) received a strong performance from rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Lawrence completed 25 of 41 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown, while Jones caught seven passes for 100 yards and one score.

Tua Tagovailoa returned from missing three games with fractured ribs and completed 33 of 47 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns for Miami (1-5), which hast lost five straight games. Rookie wideout Jaylen Waddle had 10 catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns, while tight end Mike Gesicki had receptions catches for 115 yards.

Tagovailoa completed 8 of 10 passes for 76 yards on the first drive. The drive ended with Tagovailoa’s 7-yard TD pass to Waddle on a slant.

Jacksonville answered with Wright’s 40-yard field goal. The Jaguars became the last NFL team to make a field goal this year.

After second-quarter field goals of 33 and 24 yards by Miami’s Jason Sanders, Jacksonville went into halftime trailing just 13-10 after Lawrence connected with Jones on a 28-yard TD pass.

That capped a six-play drive that included a fourth-down conversion on a pass from Lawrence to Laviska Shenault Jr. On the TD throw, Jones outreached Miami’s Noah Igbinoghene in the end zone.

Jacksonville took its first lead of the game, 17-13, on James Robinson’s 1-yard run with 12:29 left in the third quarter. It marked the first time this season Jacksonville scored on consecutive possessions.

Jaguars cornerback Nevin Lawson, playing his 94th NFL game, got his first career interception. Robinson, however, was stopped on a fourth-down run at Miami’s 9-yard line.

Miami took advantage and drove 91 yards on seven plays as Waddle caught a 2-yard TD pass with 10:25 left in the fourth, giving the Dolphins a 20-17 lead.

Wright then made his 54-yard field goal that curved just inside the right post, tying the score 20-20 with 3:45 left in the fourth.

The winning drive was set up after Miami failed to convert fourth-and-1 from its own 46. Malcolm Brown was stuffed for no gain.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2021; Ware, United Kingdom; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws the ball as quarterback Reid Sinnett (4) wataches during practice at Hanbury Marriott Manor and Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins activate QB Tua Tagovailoa from IR

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was activated from injured reserve and is expected to start Sunday when the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars square off in London.

Tagovailoa missed the past three games with fractured ribs but practiced without complication Wednesday and Thursday. He is not listed on the team’s injury report for Week 6.

“I’m just 100 percent ready to get back out on the field,”
Tagovailoa said to the Miami Herald after Friday’s practice.

The Dolphins also elevated practice squad wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Kirk Merritt to the active roster.

Ford, 25, had one catch for three yards in last Sunday’s 45-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his first call-up this season.

Merritt, 24, appeared in one game last season, but was kept off the stat sheet altogether.

Jacoby Brissett, who took over when Tagovailoa exited Week 2 and started the next three games, is limited with a hamstring injury. He is expected to serve as Tagovailoa’s backup.

Tagovailoa steered the Dolphins to a Week 1 win at New England. Miami has lost four in a row since and has been outscored by a league-worst 75 points in its five games this season.

Tagovailoa attempted four passes in Week 2 before leaving the game against the Buffalo Bills. He is 17-of-31 passing with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks this season.

The Jaguars are winless and bring a 20-game losing streak into Sunday’s matchup.

–Field Level Media

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Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa set for London return

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is set to return to the starting role Sunday when the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars square off in London.

Tagovailoa missed the past three games with fractured ribs but practiced without complication Wednesday and Thursday. He is not listed on the team’s injury report for Week 6.

“We’re excited to get him back,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores.

The Dolphins will be without linebacker Myles Jack, who has been battling a back injury and won’t make the trip to London. He didn’t take part in the past two practices.

On the season, Jack has 36 tackles in five games.

Also Thursday, Jacoby Brissett, who took over when Tagovailoa exited Week 2 and started the next three games, was limited with a hamstring injury.

Tagovailoa steered the Dolphins to a Week 1 win at New England. Miami has lost four in a row since and has been outscored by a league-worst 75 points in its five games this season.

Tagovailoa attempted four passes in Week 2 before leaving the game against the Buffalo Bills. He is 17-of-31 passing with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks this season.

In five games, the Dolphins have used five offensive line combinations.

The 2021 Jaguars are winless and bring a 20-game losing streak into Sunday’s matchup.

–Field Level Media

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Dolphins hope Tua Tagovailoa ready to face Jaguars in London

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has been out for three weeks with fractured ribs, is on track to return on Sunday when his Miami Dolphins play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London.

“We’re excited to have him back,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said of Tagovailoa, who practiced on Wednesday. “We’re moving in the right direction. He will have the opportunity to practice and hopefully play in (Sunday’s) game.”

Dolphins backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who went 0-3 while Tagovailoa was out, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday due to a nagging hamstring injury.

The Dolphins (1-4) have not won a game since Tagovailoa threw for 202 yards in a season-opening 17-16 victory over the New England Patriots.

On Sunday, the Dolphins will challenge the 0-5 Jaguars, who are the AFC’s only winless team.

The Jaguars have lost 20 consecutive games, which is the second-longest skid in NFL history.

Jacksonville, which lost to Miami 31-13 last year, is within reach of the NFL record for consecutive losses: 26, set by the 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I can’t really wrap my head around that,” Jaguars running back James Robinson said of Jacksonville’s streak. “We’ve got to find a way to win.”

This Miami game might represent Jacksonville’s best chance to avoid eclipsing the Tampa Bay record, but Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence insisted one thing.

“We don’t talk about the streak,” Lawrence said. “I don’t think it’s good to talk about that. You can’t get desperate. You have to continue to work.”

Lawrence, who led the Clemson Tigers past Tagovailoa’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 national championship game, has not found early success in the NFL. Lawrence is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and with eight interceptions. He is averaging 229.2 yards per game.

Sunday’s game figures to be close, as the Dolphins are listed as 3 1/2-point favorites.

The Dolphins on offense are led by three solid targets in wide receivers DeVante Parker and rookie Jaylen Waddle and tight end Mike Gesicki. However, Parker is questionable due to shoulder and hamstring injuries.

In 12 career NFL games (11 starts), Tagovailoa is 7-4 while completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Miami’s running game has been poor as Myles Gaskin leads the team this year with just 167 yards.

Defensively, the Dolphins may have a concern at cornerback with Xavien Howard questionable due to shoulder and groin injuries. Howard has twice led the NFL in interceptions.

The Jaguars are much more potent than Miami while running the ball. Robinson has rushed for 387 yards, four touchdowns and a 5.8 average per carry. He is coming off a career-high 149-yard effort against the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday.

After totaling just 16 carries in his first two games this season, Robinson is now on pace for a 1,316-yard season. Last year, Robinson set an NFL record for most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie with 1,414.

Lawrence has also proven dangerous on the ground with 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

In the passing game, Laviska Shenault Jr. and Marvin Jones are the top two targets for Jacksonville. But Jones, who had a career-high 76 receptions last year with the Detroit Lions, did not practice on Wednesday due to personal reasons.

Defensively for the Jaguars, linebacker Myles Jack is questionable due to a back injury. He leads the team with 36 tackles.

–Field Level Media

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Jaguars put OL Brandon Linder (knee) on IR

The Jacksonville Jaguars put starting center Brandon Linder on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee injury.

Linder, 29, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Linder got piled on in the aftermath of a fourth-and-goal run by Jags running back Carlos Hyde, which resulted in a 3-yard loss. Linder was clutching his right leg as the pile cleared.

Linder had played every snap of the season to that point. He has started all 84 games he has played for the Jags since being taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The team signed offensive lineman Rashaad Coward in a corresponding move. Coward, 26, spent the first four weeks of the season in Pittsburgh without appearing in a game. He previously played in 30 games (15 starts) in three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) dives for the first down during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Henry-led Titans hand Jaguars 20th straight loss

Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns Sunday as the Tennessee Titans handed the Jacksonville Jaguars their 20th consecutive loss, earning a 37-19 win in Jacksonville, Fla.

Henry finished the day with 130 yards on 29 carries, his fourth straight 100-yard game, as Tennessee (3-2) maintained its AFC South lead. Ryan Tannehill completed 14 of 22 passes for 197 yards, hitting five passes for 20 yards or more against a defense stacked to stop Henry.

Trevor Lawrence connected on 23 of 33 passes for 273 yards for the Jaguars (0-5), accounting for a touchdown with his arm and his legs. Jacksonville also got a career-high 149 yards and a score from James Robinson on just 18 rushes.

But it wasn’t enough to stop a streak that extends to September 2020, when the Jaguars upset Indianapolis in Week 1. And it wasn’t enough to get embattled first-year coach Urban Meyer into the win column.

The Titans took the lead for good just a minute into the game when Kevin Byard picked up a fumble and ran 30 yards for a touchdown. Robinson scored on a 1-yard run less than three minutes later, but Matthew Wright missed the extra-point kick.

Henry started the second quarter by plowing over from the 1 to cap an 11-play, 79-drive and make it 14-6. Lawrence answered back by hitting Jacob Hollister with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 10 minutes remaining, slicing the lead to a point.

Tennessee established its working margin after that. Tannehill connected with MyCole Pruitt for a 14-yard scoring strike and Randy Bullock hit a 34-yard field goal with 31 seconds left, giving the Titans a 24-13 halftime lead.

Henry finished off a drive of more than five minutes to start the second half, scoring on a 9-yard run to up the advantage to 18 points.

Jacksonville got a 4-yard touchdown run from Lawrence with 13:50 left in the game, but Henry sealed the outcome on a 10-yard scoring jaunt with 1:54 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) carries the ball past Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry (58) and is tackled by Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard (31) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Embattled Urban Meyer, Jaguars play host to Titans

The Tennessee Titans are coming off an embarrassing overtime loss last week to the previously winless New York Jets.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 19 straight games, dating back to last year. They were trending for all the wrong reasons earlier this week after a video of coach Urban Meyer, who is married, appeared to show him acting in an inappropriate fashion with a woman at his restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

Little wonder that both teams can’t wait to get on the field Sunday in Jacksonville and try to create some good news in their AFC South matchup.

Tennessee (2-2) hasn’t exactly lived up to huge preseason expectations, aside from NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry. His 510 yards are 61 more than the Jaguars have as a team, and he has traditionally enjoyed huge games against the divisional rival.

And it’s no secret that the Titans need a lot from Henry. They listed 21 players — more than 40 percent of their active roster on game day — on their injury report Wednesday. Eight didn’t practice, including ballyhooed offseason acquisition Julio Jones (hamstring).

What’s more, their offensive line is having trouble keeping quarterback Ryan Tannehill upright. Tannehill absorbed seven sacks against the Jets and has been sacked a league-high 17 times in four games.

“I don’t think you can pin it on any one group or any one person,” Tannehill said. “I think everyone has played a part and as a group, we just have to clean it up. We’ve had opportunities and we’re this far away for a lot of reasons on different plays.”

Tennessee’s defense remains a concern, too. After spending more than $100 million for free agents such as Bud Dupree, Denico Autry and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins, the Titans are allowing 27.8 ppg — 26th in the NFL. Jenkins has allowed opponents to compile a 103.7 quarterback rating on balls thrown his way, which would be a career worst.

One senses Jacksonville (0-4) would love to have those problems.

The Jags appeared ready to post their first win on Sept. 30 in Cincinnati but blew 14-0 and 21-14 leads in a 24-21 defeat. Then Meyer’s actions blew up social media and gave a black eye to an organization that’s 12-40 since hacking up a fourth quarter lead in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at New England.

Meyer said Wednesday that he never considered resigning and that several members of the team’s leadership council have expressed their support.

“I had at least eight to 10 phone calls where they called me and they were over-the-top supportive,” he said. “A common thing was, ‘Coach, we all did stupid things.’ I’m really impressed with our guys.”

Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has shown flashes of brilliance in the first four games but has also had trouble with interceptions, sounded like one of the players standing up for the embattled coach.

“I know most of the team feels this way: He’s still my head coach, I still respect him, regardless of what happens,” Lawrence said.

If they are to end their long losing streak, the Jaguars need to make some big plays defensively. They are last in the league with just five sacks and have managed just one interception while allowing 28.8 ppg.

–Field Level Media

Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Urban Meyer makes latest apologies to Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer continued his rounds of apologies on Wednesday, this time addressing his team about his behavior in Ohio last week.

NFL Network characterized Meyer as “honest and pretty forthright” as he talked to the players, adding he “expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness.”

Meyer has been under fire since a video emerged on Saturday that showed him at a bar he owns in Columbus with a young woman dancing close to him. A second video emerged Monday, taken from another angle, that appeared to show Meyer touching the woman’s bottom.

He told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that while owner Shad Khan has expressed disappointment, Meyer has not been fined. The embattled first-year coach also said he hasn’t considered resigning.

Meyer and his wife, Shelley, have been married since 1986 and have three children. The woman in the video has not been identified but was not Shelley Meyer.

The NFL Network report said Meyer told the team he “cares about two things, really. Football and family, and he embarrassed them both.”

Meyer, 57, discussed the fallout Tuesday night on his radio show on station 1010XL in Jacksonville.

“I made a comment when I got here about the logo, about an owner who wants to win in the worst way,” Meyer said. “That’s one of the reasons I came here. I just, I admire that guy so much. … And so, that’s what makes me so angry at myself that I lived that, I believe that and I failed.”

He said the conversations he’s been forced to hold this week with members of the organizations have been “horrible.”

“The fact that I became a distraction, I’ve got to earn their trust back from that,” Meyer said.

On Tuesday, Khan said Meyer must do just that.

“I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan wrote in a statement. “… His conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

Meyer is in his first year with the Jaguars after leading Florida and Ohio State to three national titles.

The Jaguars are 0-4 and have lost 19 consecutive games dating back to their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the 2020 season opener. Jacksonville squandered a 14-point halftime lead last Thursday and lost a 24-21 heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Meyer also has been criticized for not accompanying his young team back to Florida and instead remaining in Ohio to visit with his grandchildren.

He told reporters Wednesday that he got the OK from general manager Trent Baalke to stay in Ohio.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer looks on prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jags owner: Urban Meyer must ‘regain trust, respect’

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement Tuesday saying Urban Meyer needs to “regain our trust and respect” after a weekend incident between the married head coach and a young woman was caught on video.

Khan’s statement comes a day after Meyer apologized to the team, fans and his family for the incident, which was recorded at a bar in Columbus, Ohio. The video went viral on social media.

“I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan wrote. “… His conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

The video showed Meyer sitting on a barstool with his hands on the woman who was dancing on him. After his apology Monday for “being a distraction,” calling his actions “stupid,” another video of the incident was released and went viral, too.

Meyer, 57, acknowledged that his family is “upset.” He and his wife, Shelley, have three children and two grandchildren.

Meyer is off to an 0-4 start in his NFL debut season. The Jaguars will host the Tennessee Titans (2-2) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media