WR Keelan Cole - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 194||Born: 4-20-1993||College: Kentucky Wesleyan||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: at Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Last week, Cody Kessler saw his first start at quarterback for the Jaguars in place of the benched Blake Bortles. It was a very uneventful game for Kessler, who basically kept the offense moving with short low-risk passes in what was a very low-scoring affair. Kessler completed 75 percent of his passes and committed no turnovers, which was a refreshing stat for an offense ranking tied for third in giveaways leading into last week. Kessler did still get sacked three times with pressure coming at him on the majority of his dropbacks as the struggles of the Jaguars offensive line continued. This poor offensive line play will certainly hamper Kessler's ability to even try pushing the ball downfield to his receivers, such as speedster Dede Westbrook who has managed only a few big plays this season to showcase his abilities. It has been three weeks since a Jaguars receiver or running back has surpassed 50 receiving yards in what should continue to be a very low volume passing attack--especially with Fournette returning, who should see the majority of the touches in this offense. The Titans passing defense ranks among the best in the league in passing yards per game allowed, but that is a tremendously false indicator as this unit has played inconsistently and benefitted from soft matchups throughout the season. The secondary has been their Achilles heel at times, giving up the 10th most fantasy point per game (PPR scoring) to opposing wide receivers. Cornerback Malcolm Butler has been widely noted as a key weak link in this Titans secondary throughout the season, but he had what may have been his best game of the year last week as Butler looked spectacular in coverage while nabbing a game-ending interception. Granted, he was facing far from elite talent on the Jets offense, but this week is not much different with what may be an equally or worse crop of receivers being rolled out by the Jaguars with Cody Kessler under center. Cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson and Logan Ryan have not shown to be as vulnerable as Butler throughout the year, but they also have failed to consistently win their matchups on a weekly basis. The defensive line will play a big part in how effective the Titans should be on defense this week, as they have played well overall this season and should be proficient enough to win in the trenches against what is a very subpar Jaguars offensive line receiving the worst grade in the league in pass protection according to Matt Bitonti of Footballguys.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Keelan Cole's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs IND (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
After three straight games without a catch, Cole finally got on the board with 2 for 16 in this game. He remains a non-factor in the offense.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cole finished the game without a reception. He was credited with a drop after popping the ball up in the air on Bortles' first interception. However, the pass was so far high and behind him that blame cannot be put on Cole at all.
2018 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Keelan Cole continues to have a case of the yips and is arguably the worst starting wide receiver in the NFL at this point. After a strong output early in the season, he has come down with a terrible case of the drops. The worst offense was on a wide open Deep Over route in the two minute drill when the Jaguars needed to drive for points. It was an actual accurate and on-time throw by Bortles and Cole dropped it through the defensive back's tackle attempt.
2018 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Had an awful drop on his first two targets - both of them wide open on 3rd downs killing both drives. He did get a valuable target inside the 20 on the Jaguars' only scoring drive. He ran an Out-and-Up, however the defender had the route covered well and the ball was not in play.
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Cole had a couple of third down conversions and some nice plays, but it was overall a quiet day for him. He caught a crossing route on 3rd and 3 where he got open vs man and got upfield for a 17 yard gain - one of the bigger pass plays on the day for the Jags. He had another big reception off a scramble drill in the Jaguars only scoring drive of the day. He ran a dig route from the outside, then broke back to the sideline once Bortles started scrambling. He showed good awareness finding the void and staying active while the QB scrambles. He fumbled the ball while turning upfield after making a short catch on a Whip Route at the end of the third quarter.
2018 Week 5 vs KC (10 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)
Unfortunately for Cole, if he is not the go-to receiver in the route progression, he gets ignored for long stretches as Bortles settles into one-read-and-throw mode. Most of his production came on an over the shoulder 9 route where he beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and made a diving catch for a 32 yard gain. Rational coaching would dictate him seeing more of Moncrief's one-read-and-chuck deep targets.
2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Cole had a quiet game. He had two catches in the first half on short passes and did not record a catch for the rest of the game. He ended up being the odd man out this week due to the team feeding Westbrook and Moncrief so much. Cole is at his best in the intermediate to deep pass game, and this was just not a priority for the Jaguars on Sunday.
2018 Week 3 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Cole had a rough day with two drive stalling drops. He did have some production hitting routes underneath. He caught a quick out on 1st play of game and got upfield for a 1st down. On his first bad drop he ran a good route and got himself open on a corner and dropped a very well thrown ball. He dropped another easy out on 2nd and 10 that would have gone for a 1st down.
2018 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 7 / 116 / 1 rec)
After a quiet preseason and opening week where he was barely targeted, Cole absolutely dominated the Patriots in this game. He had arguably the most spectacular catch in the NFL since Odell Beckham's one-hander in his rookie season, where he went down the left sideline on a back-shoulder fade and reached up and over the DB with just his right hand, palming the nose of the football and bringing it into his body before hitting the ground along the sideline. He capped the drive off with another 9 route, beating press man coverage at the line of scrimmage and hauling in a perfect over-the-shoulder pass from Bortles. Bortles continued to target him throughout the game, and Cole won on a number of routes and in different areas of the field.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Cole beat Janoris Jenkins on a 9 route on the second play of the game. Tracked the ball perfectly over his shoulder and held onto the catch through contact. He was peppered with occasional targets afterwards, but so far through the preseason and week one, the Jaguars offense is not calling a lot of pure dropback pass plays where he is the primary receiver. He and Westbrook are the main recipients when the Jaguars throw on RPOs and Packaged Plays, but these targets are at the mercy of how the defense lines up and/or reacts to the run action.
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