Cole signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Jaguars on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Jacksonville was all but guaranteed to retain Cole's services after placing a second-round tender on the wide receiver in March. He's been a model of health in three pro seasons, never missing a game, but his target count has decreased on each occasion (83 in 2017, 70 in 2018 and 35 last year). Cole's peripherals are nothing to complain about -- 15.3 YPC and 8.5 YPT on 188 career targets -- but he faces a steep climb to regular volume with DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley all ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Jaguars are giving Cole a second-round tender, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Cole went undrafted back in 2017, so an original-round tender wouldn't have offered any draft compensation if the Jaguars failed to match an offer sheet. A second-round tender, on the other hand, ensures that Cole won't receive any offer sheets, which means he'll be back with the Jaguars unless there's an unexpected trade. He operated as the team's No. 4 wide receiver throughout most of last season, catching 24 of 35 targets for 361 yards and three touchdowns. If nothing else, Cole has proven himself effective as a part-time deep threat, showing flashes of starter potential. He'll likely enter training camp behind DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley on the depth chart.
Cole caught three of four targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts.
The 26-year-old played 29 offensive snaps as he worked in his usual role as Jacksonville's No. 4 wide receiver, but he ended up finishing second on the team in yards thanks to a 45-yard catch in the second quarter. Cole played a minimal offensive role through the first six weeks of the season, but he ended up carving out a steady snap share the rest of the campaign. He finished 2019 with 24 receptions for 361 yards and three touchdowns while improving his ball security with zero fumbles. Cole enters 2020 as a restricted free agent and isn't guaranteed to be tendered a contract, especially if the Jaguars opt to make upgrades to their wide receiving corps.
Cole caught one of two targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Falcons.
Cole had 76 receiving yards Week 15 but returned to obscurity against the Falcons. The 26-year-old has 21 receptions for 294 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games.
Cole caught three of six targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Raiders.
He led the Jaguars in receiving yards, but most of his production came on a 55-yard grab on the team's opening drive. and Cole did little afterwards. The six targets tied his season high, and the third-year wideout could see elevated volume again in Week 16 against the Falcons if DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) remains sidelined.
Cole, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley will work as the Jaguars' top three receivers Sunday against the Raiders with No. 1 option DJ Chark (ankle) ruled out for the contest, John Oehser of Jacksonville's official site reports. "Obviously, we're looking for those guys to step up," coach Doug Marrone said after Friday's practice.
Westbrook (55 receptions for 569 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games) and Conley (38-632-2 in 13 games) have well outpaced Cole in production this season, leaving those two as better bets to absorb most of Chark's vacated target volume. There should still be room for Cole to have a regular role in three-receiver sets and play at least half of the Jaguars' offensive snaps, assuming the Raiders keep the game competitive and force Jacksonville to deviate from an overly run-heavy script. With a 55.1 percent catch rate and an 8.1 yard-per-target mark for his career, Cole has essentially been a boom-or-bust option during his three NFL seasons and may need to connect on a deep-ball target to bring value in DFS contests.
Cole caught one of three targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 45-10 loss to the Chargers.
The depth receiver was held to a single catch for the second consecutive game. Cole had a season-best 80 yards just before the Jags' bye in Week 9, but he's been on a steady decline since with just 82 yards in his last four games. It'll be a big ask to turn things around in short order, but the Jaguars enjoy a favorable matchup Sunday against Oakland's 29th-ranked pass defense.
Cole caught both his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 42-20 loss to the Titans.
Cole played 31 offensive snaps as QB Nick Foles attempted 48 passes, but he was unable to find much involvement in the passing game. D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley are locked in as the team's top three wide receivers, preventing Cole from being fantasy relevant in nearly all formats.
Cole caught four of five targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts.
The 26-year-old worked as the team's No. 4 wide receiver with Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) returning to action, but he still posted solid numbers in 25 snaps. Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley all played at least twice as many snaps, and the Jaguars are unlikely to attempt 47 passes most weeks. Still, Cole's increased involvement in the offense is a solid sign should the receiving corps sustain additional injuries.
Cole caught five of six targets for a team-high 80 yards in Sunday's 26-3 loss to the Texans in London.
Cole took on a larger role with Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) sitting out. He had a two-game touchdown streak snapped in this one, but Cole more than made up for that by topping the 20-yard mark for the first time this season. Cole would take on some appeal in deeper formats if Westbrook remains sidelined after Jacksonville's Week 10 bye.
Cole caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 29-15 win against the Jets.
The 26-year-old was involved early as the six-yard touchdown occurred barely two minutes into the first quarter, marking his second straight game with a score. Marqise Lee (shoulder) and Dede Westbrook (neck/shoulder) both exited during the first half, leading to Cole's highest snap count of the season (26), but his lack of involvement in the passing game during their absence is a bit disappointing. Cole could work as the Jaguars' No. 3 wide receiver if both players are unable to suit up Week 9.
Cole caught one of two targets for a two-yard touchdown in Sunday's win at Cincinnati.
The 26-year-old played 20 offensive snaps -- about double his usual snap share -- with Marqise Lee (ankle) sidelined, and he was able to secure his first touchdown since Week 2 of last season. Cole has now caught two of three targets for 21 yards and one touchdown through seven games, leaving him firmly off the fantasy radar.
Cole was not targeted in Sunday's loss to the Saints.
The 26-year-old played seven offensive snaps in the loss and has yet to find any real involvement in the passing offense this season. Cole seems to be multiple injuries away from fantasy relevance, despite D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook being the only wide receivers in Jacksonville currently providing any consistent production.
Cole caught his lone target for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Denver.
Cole played only 10 offensive snaps but still managed to make his first reception of the season. The 25-year-old is locked in as the Jaguars' No. 5 wide receiver, as Sunday was the first time he was even targeted through four games. Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley should continue to work as the team's top three receivers.
Cole was not targeted in Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Texans.
Even with Marqise Lee (knee) inactive, Cole remained an afterthought in Jacksonville's offense as Chris Conley, D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook continue to dominate the snaps and production at wide receiver. Cole hasn't been targeted through two games and appears unlikely to have a significant offensive role in the near future.
Cole played 12 offensive snaps in Week 1's game versus the Chiefs, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Cole clearly has become an afterthought in this offense as he was out-snapped by Dede Westbrook (48), Chris Conley (44) and rookie D.J. Chark (41). All three of those players had at least four catches and a score, meaning Cole's opportunities are likely to stay scarce unless one of them falters. Expect him to play a depth role again in Week 2 versus the Texans.
Cole was not targeted and had two punt returns for zero yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
The Jaguars debuted the bulk of their starting offense Thursday, but Cole still played 28 offensive snaps, the most among the returning wide receivers. The 26-year-old has struggled to produce this preseason in extended action as he tries to rebound from a tough 2018 season, recording only one catch for five yards in three contests.
Cole failed to catch his lone target and returned two kickoffs for 47 yards in Thursday's preseason game versus the Ravens.
Cole received the start but played only 17 offensive snaps, as the Jaguars rested the majority of their starters. The offense had only eight first downs and 112 total yards as a result, so there's little the 26-year-old could have done to stand out. Cole did have a 102-yard kick return for a touchdown during the first quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. The third-year receiver is looking to rebound after having a disappointing 2018 in which he struggled with ball security.
Cole displayed a good comfort level with new quarterback Nick Foles during minicamp, Phillip Heilman of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Cole is coming off a disappointing season in which he saw his role on offense take a considerable hit in part due to his ball-security issues.The offseason addition of Foles under center could represent a fresh start for Cole and the Jaguars' lackluster pass-catching group as a whole. The 26-year-old, who amassed 748 receiving yards as a rookie in 2017, will have to battle for reps in three-receiver sets with the likes of Chris Conley and D.J. Chark.
Cole caught four of eight targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Texans.
Though the Jaguars offense was downright ugly for much of Sunday, it was a decent finish to the season for Cole, who had been held catchless over the previous two weeks. The second-year target looked like a solid find early in the season, but he didn't top 100 yards or score after Week 2's win over the Patriots. He could definitely be in line for a value bump if Jacksonville upgrades at quarterback in the offseason.
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