TE James O'Shaughnessy - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-4, 245||Born: 1-14-1992||College: Illinois State||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Great matchup. Minshew brings a few attractive traits to the table: he's mobile and instinctive, capable of extending plays and turning nothing into something. He's done far better than expected as a sixth-round rookie thrust into such an in-transition offense. But he has still struggled for consistency, and beyond his connection with D.J. Chark, he hasn't been much of a statistical force. He's generated 6.5 yards or less per attempt in 3 of his 5 starts, including Sunday's bomb against the Saints (14 of 29 for 163 and an interception). With Chark smothered by Marshon Lattimore's coverage, Minshew struggled to beat the rush and get in sync with any of his receivers. He continues to look for big plays down the field to Chark and Dede Westbrook, and they've hooked up a handful of times. But there's downside to that approach, too: since Week 4, his completion rate has plummeted from 74% to 56%. Minshew brings some dynamism, but this offense remains run-based and hard to pin down week-to-week. Luckily, the whole attack is in prime rebound position against the Bengals' porous defense. Chark should face much less resistance from William Jackson, while Westbrook will work from the slot against one of the league's weakest inside/seam groups. The Cincinnati pass defense has inched forward statistically from its awful 2018, though they're mostly hollow numbers. And it's unlikely they'll take a step forward with both starting cornerbacks sidelined for the next month or so. Opponents haven't had to throw much against the winless Bengals, but they've been plenty efficient, producing 7.8 net yards per attempt (fourth-most in the league). Last week, Lamar Jackson played conservatively but completed 64% of his throws, even with top receiver Marquise Brown out. In his place, tight end Mark Andrews blew through the Cincinnati linebackers and secondary en route to 99 yards on 6 catches. In the process, cornerbacks William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick both went down with injuries, splitting up an exceptionally up-and-down 2019 for both. New outside starters Tony McRae and Torry McTyer, as well as burnable slot man B.W. Webb, will receive little support from Jessie Bates and Shawn Williams, one of football's worst safety duos thus far. Going forward, it seems only game script can slow down opposing pass games. Gardner Minshew is fresh off the first bad start of his young career, but he and the Jaguars' weapons are a good bet to maximize whatever opportunity they're given Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
James O'Shaughnessy's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
O'Shaughnessy was on track to have another good game in his expanded role in the Jaguars offense with three catches for 57 yards, but he tore his ACL during the second half, ending his season and leaving a gaping hole in the Jaguars offense. Geoff Swaim will likely step into his role until rookie Josh Oliver returns from injury.
2019 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)
He almost had a tough touchdown reception on the Jaguars' second drive. He got up the seam in the redzone, and Minshew threw a relatively well-placed ball, but O'Shaughnessy was double-covered. He was also injured on the play, but entered back into the game shortly thereafter. His touchdown reception came on fantastic play-design towards the end of the third quarter. The Jaguars motioned a receiver into the backfield, faked a flat pass to the runningback, then faked a screen to the wide receiver. The horizontal fakes opened a huge void in the middle of the field for O'Shaughnessy to get wide open down the seam for the touchdown.
2019 Week 3 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)
O'Shaughnessy leaked upfield after executing a block to sell the run-action. On a drive early in the second quarter, he did a good job fighting through tackles to pick up a first down with some YAC.
2019 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Until rookie Josh Oliver is healthy, O'Shaughnessy is going to get the most reps and targets among the tight ends. He was mostly used as a checkdown target against the Texans, never once being a primary read.
Latest NewsJaguars | James O'Shaughnessy placed on IR (Thu Oct 10, 12:51 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE James O'Shaughnessy (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Oct. 9. link to story Jaguars | James O'Shaughnessy done for the season (Mon Oct 7, 12:24 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars TE James O'Shaughnessy (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers and will miss the remainder of the season. Our View: O'Shaughnessy is shut down for the year, so the Jaguars are going to turn to rookie Josh Oliver in his place. The third-round pick out of San Jose State has a ton of athletic ability to go along with a strong work ethic. He can line up all over the formation and runs the full route tree. Oliver needs to work on his blocking to stay on the field all three downs. We'll see Oliver and veteran Geoff Swaim as the TE corps for the Jaguars.
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