A snapshot look at the Jaguars heading into their home finale Sunday against the Tennessee Titans:
The Jaguars could be without standout running back Maurice Jones-Drew (hamstring) again this Sunday when Tennessee visits EverBank Field. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley listed Jones-Drew as questionable following Friday’s practice. He said the final decision will likely be made on Sunday morning after working out Jones-Drew.
“I do feel better today,” Bradley said.
“He was in on the run plays and he took some actual reps although the tempo was slowed down obviously with just hats on. I said ‘We need to see you where you made tremendous progress over the last couple of days.’ It will be interesting to see from [head athletic trainer] Mike [Ryan] but all tales tell us that he made good progress.”
Jones-Drew was hurt in a 27-20 win over Houston on Dec. 5. The three-time Pro Bowl back missed Sunday’s 27-20 loss to Buffalo.
Jones-Drew has carried 208 times this season for 719 yards and five touchdowns.
He’s also caught 34 passes for 239 yards.
The 28-year-old Jones-Drew was playing his best of the season prior to the hamstring injury. He gained 348 yards of offense in the last three games he’s played.
Linebacker Geno Hayes (knee) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) missed practice and are questionable for Sunday.
Rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien was limited in Friday’s practice, but listed as probable.
Receiver Jeremy Ebert (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday afternoon.
The Jaguars promoted receiver Lamaar Thomas and defensive tackle Jordan Miller to the active roster. Each player has spent the last 10 weeks on the practice squad.
Guy fined for hit
Safety Winston Guy was fined $7,875 by the league office on Friday for a late hit that occurred in the loss to Buffalo. Guy hit Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin downfield and was called for unnecessary roughness. Guy delivered the hit an instant after Goodwin dropped the deep ball.
Can Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis tie a franchise record?
Lewis has receiving touchdowns in three straight games and the current mark is four games by Reggie Williams six years ago.
“During the [off-season] I was really excited about what he could bring to the passing game,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said.
That plan was derailed when Lewis tweaked his left calf during warm-ups for the Aug. 17 preseason game at the New York Jets, re-injured it in practice the first week of September and then on his second play of the Week 4 loss to Indianapolis.
Lewis didn’t play a full game until Week 7 against San Diego. He has several big gainers — 31, 27, 18 and 25 yards. His last three touchdowns have measured 8 yards (on a pass from Jones-Drew), 1 yard (on a fade over Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson) and 13 yards (on a tight end screen pass).
“It’s not like we’ve always thrown him [a certain route],” Fisch said. “He’s caught a couple of fades, a couple of sideline shots and a couple of shallow crosses. We just continue to utilize him.”
Keep an eye on Titans returner Leon Washington
On Nov. 26, Tennessee ranked 19th in kickoff returns with a 22.8-yard average. That day, the Titans signed Leon Washington, the Jacksonville native who played at Florida State.
In three games returning kicks, Washington has bumped up the Titans’ league ranking to ninth by averaging 30.5 yards on 14 attempts. Included was a return of 95 yards at Denver.
Washington’s eight kickoff return touchdowns is tied with Josh Cribbs for the most in NFL history and his 8,490 career punt-kickoff return yards is third all-time behind Cribbs (12,755) and New Orleans’ Darren Sproles (9,829).
Washington, 31, started the year with New England but was cut twice and also sustained an ankle injury.