Stock Watch: Jaguars have had extended run of bad luck

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns' stock is rising following his 59-yard TD catch against the Patriots. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars' list of injured players and their prognosis for the upcoming week of practice required two sheets of paper.

That pretty much sums up the first three weeks of the 2015 season.

The Jaguars have been hammered by injuries stretching all the way back to the start of training camp and several more players were added to the list during Sunday’s 51-17 loss at New England. If it didn’t sound so ridiculous, you’d swear the Jaguars were cursed.

In reality, they’ve just been unlucky, and Lady Luck has earned a spot on the list of players and people whose stock lost value in Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season.

Here’s a look at the rest of the stock watch after Week 3:


WR Allen Hurns: Since dropping two passes in the season opener, Hurns has been consistent and reliable. His two catches for 70 yards against New England, including a 59-yarder for a touchdown, give him 11 in three games. That’s tied for the team lead with Allen Robinson. Hurns is averaging 18.9 yards per catch.

TE Clay Harbor: He is the first tight end to record a catch this season. Though he dropped a pass against New England, he caught three others for 43 yards and a touchdown. His first catch of the season -- and the first by a tight end this season -- was a 26-yarder on a seam rout that converted a third-and-10 in the first quarter.


Gus Bradley: It wasn’t that the Jaguars’ defensive game plan was poor that was the biggest problem. It’s that they didn’t make adjustments when it clearly wasn’t working. Bradley admitted this both after the game and on Monday, when he also said the Jaguars got away from their defensive identity of being a press coverage team.

QB Blake Bortles: He made another terrible decision and throw that changed momentum in the game. He got greedy and tried to hit TE Marcedes Lewis down field and the throw wasn’t close. It was an easy interception for S Devin McCourty. The Patriots turned that into a touchdown with 18 seconds to play in the first half. Instead of potentially ending the half trailing 13-10 they were trailing 20-3 and the game was effectively over.

Luck: No, not Andrew Luck. Just plain old luck, of the bad kind. The Jaguars have been besieged by injuries this season and three secondary players were hurt against the Patriots. CB Devon House (leg) came back into the game, but S Josh Evans (knee) and S Sergio Brown (calf) didn’t. That means the Jaguars have five players, including three starters, hurt in the secondary: House, Evans, Brown, CB Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and S Johnathan Cyprien (calf). It’s unclear right now how many will miss Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.