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TE Julius Thomas - Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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

News you need to know

General News (Wed Oct 26): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Tue Oct 25): did not practice on Tuesday.

Week 8: at Tennessee Titans

All TE vs TEN

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is the first meeting of these AFC South rivals so expect a hard-fought game on both sides. 'I firmly, firmly believe in Blake Bortles,' head coach Gus Bradley said Monday, October 24. 'Without a doubt. I think it was a challenging day yesterday about some of the situations we were in, but as far as the competitor... and what he brings to this team, there is no doubt.' The reason Bradley was backing Bortles is that Oakland dominated the Jaguars 33-16 last week, while Bortles threw two interceptions vs. one TD (23/43 for 246 yards passing, with one sack taken for -7 yards). During the game, Marqise Lee led the team in receiving with eight targets for 7/107/0 receiving, followed by Allen Hurns (seven for 4/45/0), Arrelious Benn (two for 1/39/0) and Julius Thomas (seven for 3/20/1). Hurns was practicing fully on Tuesday, October 25 in spite of the neck/shoulder injuries he sustained last weekend, while Julius Thomas (ankle injury) was held out - this game goes down on Thursday Night Football so Thomas may not be ready to go that quickly. Stay tuned to's Players in the News for the latest considering Thomas' practice status before the Thursday game. The Titans' pass defense averages 250.6 net passing yards allowed per game, 18th in the NFL, in spite of their third-ranked total of 20 sacks inflicted on the opposition this season. Jacksonville is tied for 18th in the NFL with 15 sacks surrendered so far this year - look for the Titans to try and rattle Bortles' cage on Thursday night. They got Andrew Luck twice for -12 yards last week, but they still bled out 27/39 for 341 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown in the game. From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Tennessee has averaged 21.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 22.3 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-least); with 8.6 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-most). This is a neutral matchup for Bortles against a sack happy divisional rival.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 at CHI 50 2 28 0 0 2.8
7 vs OAK 54 3 20 1 0 8
8 at TEN PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
8 at TEN PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 active for TNF vs. Titans (Thu Oct 27, 07:57 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) is active for the team's Week 8 matchup Thursday, Oct. 27, against the Tennessee Titans.

Jaguars | Julius Thomas listed as questionable (Wed Oct 26, 02:13 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 8.

Our View: It's a short week for the Jaguars as they face the Titans on Thursday night. Thomas is a low-end TE1 if he plays in Week 8.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas held out of practice (Tue Oct 25, 07:00 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Our View: The Jaguars have a short week as they play on Thursday night against the Titans. Thomas has been bothered with this ankle injury, so we're expecting him to be limited right up to game time. At this time, fantasy owners should assume that Thomas is going to play but have different options ready.
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Jaguars | Julius Thomas also limited (Mon Oct 24, 07:24 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) was limited in practice Monday, Oct. 24. The Jaguars did not practice; the limited status is an estimation.

Jaguars | Julius Thomas visits end zone (Sun Oct 23, 11:31 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (ankle) posted three grabs for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Week 7 game against the Oakland Raiders.

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