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TE Julius Thomas - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-5, 246Born: 6-27-1988College: Portland St.Drafted: Round 4

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Julius Thomas has been placed on injured reserve due to a back injury.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 5): Thomas (back injury) was listed as doubtful to play on Friday's injury report, didn't practice at all last week, and he was inactive on Sunday as expected.

General News (Sat Dec 10): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 10. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season.

General News (Fri Dec 9): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 8): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Dec 7): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 14: vs Minnesota Vikings

All TE vs MIN

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Blake Bortles was picked off two times last week vs. Denver, once for a pick-six touchdown, during the 20-10 loss. This is the third time in four games Bortles has thrown a pick-six. Ouch. Bortles scored a rushing TD last week (2/29/1) but had another bad day as a passer (19/42 for 181 yards, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown). It was his second week in a row under 200 yards passing, except last week he didn't have any passing scores (against Buffalo two weeks ago he threw two TDs despite only 126 yards passing). As the Jaguars' season shuffles into obscurity, the Jaguars' passing game is crumbling. The Vikings' pass defense averages just 199.9 net yards allowed per game (fourth in the NFL) with 14 passing scores given out balanced by 12 interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and 31 sacks (tied for fourth). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Minnesota has averaged 17.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (tenth-least in the NFL); and 19.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tenth-least); with 7.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th in the league). Dak Prescott was held to 12/18 for 124 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with three sacks taken for -15 yards last week. Bortles is no Prescott this year - this is a bad matchup for the collapsing Jaguars.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs HOU 41 6 24 1 0 8.4
11 at DET 54 3 12 0 0 1.2
14 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * * *
14 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *
14 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Another week, the same story for Thomas. They only use him on short routes, which gain nothing because he is terrible at getting YAC. The QB is too bad to get him the ball where he shines, and he is playing like a player who knows the season is a lost cause.

2016 Week 10 vs HOU (10 / 6 / 24 / 1 rec)

Thomas got his weekly redzone target but he is useless between the 20s. Bortles can't get the ball to him and he does not break any tackles when they try to force him the ball. He has also been taken off the field constantly on non-passing downs.

2016 Week 9 vs KC (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Thomas is either catching a touchdown pass or he is doing absolutely nothing. He is looking like a major FA bust. He does not consistently get open, due to both lack of speed and effort.

2016 Week 8 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)

Thomas remains a reliable target in the redzone; that is where all of his touchdowns have come from. He does a good job of erasing some of Bortles inaccuracy but he is simply not being used to his full potential because of the lack of downfield passing from the offense as a whole.

2016 Week 7 vs OAK (7 / 3 / 20 / 1 rec)

The Jaguars tried to get Thomas involved, both early and often, but nothing is coming of it. Again, it has more to do with the quarterback play than the skill player. He did see multiple redzone targets for the first time all season, and his late touchdown was one of the best plays he has made as a Jaguar.

2016 Week 6 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Thomas did not have a catch until late in the game and he did not see a single red zone target.

2016 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Thomas and Bortles just were not on the same page today. Thomas failed to create much separation and when he did, Bortles failed to capitalize. A day to forget.

2016 Week 2 vs SD (7 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)

Thomas, along with Hurns, was one of the view offensive players who showed up. They used him to stretch the middle of the field to some success but for some reason went away from it. He was able to get open on a go route near the end zone but Bortles overthrew him by a country mile. If you evaluate him with the context of his situation, he has had a very good start to the season.

2016 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)

Thomas had one of the best, if not the best, games of his Jaguar career from a consistency and efficiency standpoint. He did not drop a single target that came his way and showed his terrific versatility throughout the game, lining up both in-line, in the slot, and flexed out wide. He converted several first down receptions for the offense and was a constant threat up the seam of the defense. His big play of the day came when he was flexed out wide in the redzone and beat the defender by a step, creating a deep window for Bortles to place the touchdown pass in. If this game showed anything, it is that the Jaguars are going to use Thomas all over the field to ensure that they get the ball in his hands.


Latest News

Jaguars | Julius Thomas done in Jacksonville? (Sat Dec 10, 08:28 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) will end up missing 11 games in two years with the team after being placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 10, and he could be released after the season, according to beat writer Mike DiRocco.

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Jaguars | Julius Thomas placed on IR (Sat Dec 10, 03:30 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 10.

Our View: And the streak continues. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season in his pro career with the Broncos or the Jaguars. His future with the team is in doubt. There's no question Thomas is a talent when healthy, it's just that staying healthy part that has been the problem. In 2017, Thomas has a cap hit of $8.3 million and there's $3.6 million remaining in dead money.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas ruled out (Fri Dec 9, 11:33 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) has been ruled out for Week 14.

Our View: Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling will split the tight end duties for the Jaguars this week. Sterling is a converted wideout who is worth monitoring in December for deep and TE premium dynasty leagues.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas misses practice (Thu Dec 8, 03:10 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 8.

Our View: Thomas is not projected to play this week, and there isn't another tight end we'd throw out there from Jacksonville.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas misses practice (Wed Dec 7, 04:19 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (back) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Our View: It will be news if Thomas actually practices. You'll have better options even if he plays in Week 14.
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