WR Keelan Cole - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-1, 194||Born: 4-20-1993||College: Kentucky Wesleyan||Drafted: ---|
Week 7: vs Houston Texans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Blake Bortles continues to be someone that can not be relied upon for consistency, but still has some of the most upside of any quarterback in the NFL. Last week against the Cowboys, the Jaguars were unable to move the ball hardly at all which is now the third game in which Bortles has thrown for 176 yards or less this season. The talent remains around Bortles and while they do not have a superstar wide receiver, they have a group of receivers that are all having solid production seasons in Donte Moncrief, Keelan Cole, and Dede Westbrook. Expect this unit to continue to have an up and down season. The Texans pass defense has improved on its pitiful, injury-ravaged 2017, but not by much. Kareem Jackson, Tyrann Mathieu, and Jonathan Joseph aren't the most consistent of cover men, but they're playmakers on the ball and contributing more than they did last season. And the pass rush, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, is almost impossible to contain on the edges. This is a unit that you should not change your opinion on based on last week as they played a Buffalo team that is a disaster in passing the ball and 3 of their 6 opponents have racked up 277 yards or more. (The two who didn't: Blaine Gabbert, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen/Nathan Peterman.) This is matchup between two mediocre units in the Jaguars passing attack and the Texans secondary will likely play a significant role in determining how the rest of the season will go for these two teams.
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 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.
Latest NewsJaguars | Keelan Cole bounces back in loss (Sun Oct 7, 09:32 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole finished with four receptions for 70 yards on 10 targets in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. link to story
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