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5 things you have to know about Jaguars 09.22.15 at 12:46 am ET
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Blake Bortles threw for two touchdowns last week against the Dolphins.  (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Blake Bortles threw for two touchdowns last week against the Dolphins. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Five things you have to know about the Jaguars, who will face the Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium:

1. They’re in first place.

The first-place Jacksonville Jaguars. In the wake of their win over Miami and the Monday night loss by the Colts, Jacksonville finds itself in first place in the AFC South. (Technically, the Jags are tied with the Titans at 1-1, but first place is first place.) According to Bill Barnwell, the Jags are in first for the first time since Week 14 of the 2010 season — that’s 73 weeks worth of NFL action.

2. Blake Bortles is coming off the best professional game of his career.

The second-year signal-caller out of Central Florida wasn’t overwhelming against the Dolphins — and he got a gift in the form of a stupid penalty in the final moments of the game from Miami’s Olivier Vernon — but he put together what was likely the finest sixty minutes of his career. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Bortles finished 18-for-33 for 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Coming off one of the best preseason stat lines in the NFL this summer (he was 39-for-60 for a 65 percent completion rate, to go along with 461 yards with one touchdown), it represents a positive start to the 2015 season for Bortles, who has gone 43-for-70 for 456 yards with a 55 percent completion rate and three touchdowns and two interceptions in two games. The quarterback isn’t known as a scrambler, but he’s certainly capable of making plays with his feet when things start to break down, as he has 53 rushing yards in two games. (Last season, he was fourth among all quarterbacks with 419 rushing yards.) If he’s able to put together a competitive effort against the Patriots on Sunday, Jacksonville fans might forgive him for this faux pas.

3. Their running game is a bit dicey right now.

Denard Robinson is now out for several weeks with a knee issue and Toby Gerhart is still attempting to work through an abdominal strain, and so it’s a little unclear how things are going to shake out for the Jags’ running game going forward. Rookie T.J. Yeldon (121 yards through two games, but just 3.3 yards per carry) has done OK, and appears to be the best possible option to take the bulk of the reps Sunday against the Patriots. In addition, veteran Bernard Pierce (3 carries, 4 yards) and youngster Corey Grant could be in for more work with Robinson and Gerhart on the sidelines. (The Jags might be reticent to use Grant, however, as he’s also Jacksonville’s No. 1 kick returner.) In the passing game, Jacksonville leans on wide receivers Allen Robinson (7 catches on 18 targets for 182 yards and 2 TDs), Rashad Greene (9 catches on 17 targets for 35 yards and 1 TD) and Allen Hurns (9 catches on 11 targets for 128 yards), while Yeldon (6 catches on 8 targets for 29 yards) is also a possibility to see some action. Robinson in particular is coming off a big week, as he had 6 catches for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Dolphins. While he practiced on a limited basis last week, tight end Julius Thomas, who was the big free-agent pickup in the offseason (via Denver) has not played to this point in the season because of a hand issue.

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Chandler Jones, Danny Woodhead ‘probable’ for Sunday 01.18.13 at 4:14 pm ET
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FOXBORO — In a sign they should be ready to go on Sunday, rookie defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) and running back Danny Woodhead (left thumb) fully participated in practice Friday inside Gillette Stadium. Both are listed among five Patriots as “probable” for Sunday’s AFC championship against the Ravens. Trevor Scott, Marquice Cole and Nick McDonald also returned fully participated for a second straight day as the Patriots practiced outside in the bitter cold with 52 players. The team has not yet filled the roster spot vacated when Rob Gronkowski was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Thursday with a forearm injury.

As for the Ravens, running back Bernard Pierce (knee) returned to practiced on Friday on a limited basis after missing Thursday. Pierce is among four Ravens listed as questionable for the game. LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle) and WR David Reed (thigh) are also questionable. CB Asa Jackson (thigh) did not participate for a third straight day and was ruled out.

Here is Friday’s complete report:

Full Participation

DB Marquice Cole(finger) Probable

DE Chandler Jones (ankle) Probable

RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) Probable

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder) Probable

DE Trevor Scott (knee) Probable

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots. WEEI-FM 93.7 will broadcast the AFC championship game between the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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Chandler Jones only Patriots player limited at practice, Alfonzo Dennard returns 01.17.13 at 5:23 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski (forearm) was officially placed on season-ending injured reserve on Thursday while Alfonozo Dennard returned to full practice, as the Patriots continued preparations Thursday for the Ravens on Sunday.

Chandler Jones (ankle) was the only Patriots player limited on Thursday while Trevor Scott, Danny Woodhead, Marquice Cole and Nick McDonald all returned to full participation.

The news was a little more concerning for the Ravens, who did not have the services of running back Bernard Pierce, out with a knee injury. He was limited on Wednesday. CB Asa Jackson (thigh) did not participate for a second straight day.

Here is Thursday’s complete report:

Did not participate:

TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) placed on IR

Limited Participation

DE Chandler Jones (ankle)

Full Participation

DB Marquice Cole(finger)

RB Danny Woodhead (thumb)

OL Nick McDonald (shoulder)

DE Trevor Scott (knee)

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots. WEEI-FM 93.7 will broadcast the AFC championship game between the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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