Josh Oliver

Josh Oliver

Tight End #89
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 249 lb.
College:San Jose State
Age:23
Born:March 21, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (69)
Draft Team:JAX

Josh Oliver: Rookie campaign derailed by injury

Oliver (back) spent the final six weeks of the season on injured reserve and totaled three catches for 15 yards in four games this season.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick missed the preseason and the first six games of the year with a hamstring injury, and he didn't see much involvement in the offense before suffering small fractures in his back Week 11. The starting job at tight end remains up for grabs, so a strong offseason could go a long way towards securing a larger role in 2020.

January 24, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Lands on IR

The Jaguars placed Oliver (back) on injured reserve Monday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Oliver suffered fractures in his back during Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts, the severity of which will now cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. The 22-year-old caught three of six targets for 15 yards across four games in his rookie campaign. With Seth DeValve (oblique) nursing an injury, the Jaguars could be forced to work with Nick O'Leary (who the team signed in free agency Monday) and Ben Koyack as the only options at tight end Week 12.

November 18, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Dealing with fractures in back

Oliver was diagnosed with small fractures in his back after he exited Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Colts, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars didn't provide an update on Oliver's condition after the game, but Rapoport notes that the tight end is expected to miss multiple weeks as a result of the injury and could be a candidate for injured reserve. Jacksonville was already down another of its pass-catching tight ends (Seth DeValve, oblique) heading into the contest, spurring the team's decision to sign free agent Nick O'Leary. Unless DeValve is back for the Week 12 game against the Titans, Jacksonville will likely have O'Leary and blocking specialist Ben Koyack as its lone available tight ends in that contest. Oliver caught one of two targets for a five-yard gain in the loss to Indianapolis.

November 18, 2019 8:49 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Leaves Sunday's game

Oliver (back) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Colts, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how Oliver picked up the injury, but this is tough news for him, considering he was in line for an increased snap count Sunday. With he and Seth DeValve (oblique) sidelined as well, the only healthy tight end left on the roster is Ben Koyack. Oliver left late int he fourth quarter, so in the likely event he doesn't return, expect specifics from the team in the coming days regarding the injury.

November 17, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Role expected to expand Sunday

Oliver is expected to handle a heavier snap count Sunday against the Colts with Seth DeValve (abdomen) inactive for the contest, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: DeValve had played more than half of the Jaguars' offensive snaps in each of the pass three games and garnered eight targets in that span, so some modest volume in the passing game will be up for grabs. While the Jaguars may end up filtering more of DeValve's looks to their running backs or receivers, Oliver represents a better candidate to draw targets than the lone other healthy tight end, blocking specialist Ben Koyack. After an injury delayed start to his NFL career, the rookie caught two of four targets for 10 yards in the Jaguars' two games prior to the team's Week 10 bye.

November 17, 2019 9:26 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Set for NFL debut

Oliver (hamstring) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Oliver began the week as a limited practice participant but progressed to full participation Thursday and Friday to clear the way for his NFL debut this weekend. The rookie third-round pick has been sidelined since early August by the hamstring injury but could have an immediate role in the offense with Geoff Swaim (concussion/ankle) sidelined and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) out for the year. Oliver is mostly just a speculative stash in fantasy until he shows what he can do on the field.

October 18, 2019 11:37 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Practices in full

Oliver (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Oliver appears ready to make his NFL debut against the Bengals on Sunday, barring any setbacks. The rookie third-round pick could be in line for a key role in Jacksonville's offense, with Geoff Swaim nursing a concussion. Still, he isn't yet worth fantasy consideration in leagues that start a single tight end.

October 17, 2019 12:34 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Limited for practice

Oliver (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Oliver has yet to suit up in game action this season due to the lingering hamstring injury, but coach Doug Marrone said Monday that he thinks Oliver could suit up Sunday. Considering Geoff Swaim is nursing a concussion and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) resides on injured reserve, Oliver could play for a key role in the offense against the Bengals if fully healthy. Expect his practice availability to show a more accurate picture throughout the week.

October 16, 2019 4:03 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Could play Week 7

Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Oliver (hamstring) could have a chance to play Sunday against the Bengals, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: With Geoff Swaim nursing a concussion and James O'Shaughnessy (knee) on injured reserve, Oliver could be in line for a key role on offense versus the Bengals if healthy. That said, a lingering hamstring issue has kept the rookie sidelined the previous six contests, so Oliver isn't a lock to fully recover in time to suit up Week 7.

October 14, 2019 12:03 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Won't return Week 6

Oliver (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Oliver was a limited participant again this week but won't make his NFL debut against New Orleans. Geoff Swaim is primed for a heavy snap count this week with James O'Shaughnessy (knee) out for the season.

October 11, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Remains limited Wednesday

Oliver (hamstring) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: It's the fourth straight practice as a limited participant while Oliver continues progressing towards his return from the hamstring injury sustained in early August. The rookie third-round pick should have a chance to carve out a solid role in the offense once he's cleared for game action since No. 1 tight end James O'Shaughnessy was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

October 9, 2019 3:40 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Remains sidelined Week 5

Oliver (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game at Carolina.

Analysis: Oliver was a limited participant at practice this week and will miss his fifth straight game with the hamstring injury. The rookie third-round pick will likely need to advance to full practice participation before having a chance at taking the field. James O'Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim will continue to work as the Jaguars' top-two tight ends.

October 4, 2019 11:25 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Ruled out for Week 4

Oliver (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL reports.

Analysis: Oliver continues to nurse a lingering hamstring injury, and he'll now miss a fourth consecutive contest. A timetable for the rookie third-round pick's recovery remains undisclosed.

September 27, 2019 10:58 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Absent from practice Thursday

Oliver (hamstring) will not practice Thursday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Oliver managed to log a limited practice session Wednesday, but he's been downgraded to individual work Thursday. It remains to be seen whether the rookie third-round pick suffered a setback in his recovery, but his status for Sunday's tilt against the Broncos appears murky at best. Oliver has yet to make his NFL debut.

September 26, 2019 8:09 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Returns to practice

Oliver (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: It's the first time Oliver has officially participated at practice since the start of the regular season, so this is his first tangible progress towards making his NFL debut. The rookie third-round pick has been sidelined by the hamstring injury since early August, so he figures to require some additional practice time before returning to full strength.

September 25, 2019 3:16 PM EST

Josh Oliver: NFL debut on hold

Oliver (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game versus the Titans, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Oliver didn't practice all week, and he will continue to put off his NFL debut as he recovers from the hamstring injury he suffered in August. Once he's healthy, the Jaguars are expected to ease him into the rotation as a pass-catcher since he posted 56 receptions for 709 yards and four scores in his final collegiate season for San Jose State.

September 18, 2019 12:46 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Misses practice

Oliver (hamstring) was a non-participant at Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: Oliver also did not participate in Monday's practice. A hamstring injury has kept the rookie third-round pick from making his NFL debut through two weeks, and he appear to be trending toward another absence. Seth DeValve would presumably continue handling No. 3 tight end duties should he ultimately remain sidelined.

September 17, 2019 5:30 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Not playing Sunday

Oliver (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Texans, J.P. Shadrick of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick will put off his NFL debut for the second straight game after sitting out practice all week. Oliver was expected to be the No. 3 tight end, so his absence will only affect special teams.

September 13, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Josh Oliver: Sitting out practice

Oliver (hamstring) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The rookie third-round pick missed Week 1's game versus the Chiefs, and he's trending toward the same status for Sunday's game versus the Texans. He'll need to get on the field in some capacity by Friday's practice in order to play, otherwise James O'Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim will continue manning the top tight-end spots.

September 11, 2019 10:13 AM EST

Josh Oliver: Out Week 1

Oliver (hamstring) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against Kansas City.

Analysis: Oliver was never a likely candidate to play in the season opener and he's now officially been ruled out. The rookie third-round pick has been sidelined with the hamstring injury since the start of August and has no official timetable for his return. Geoff Swaim and James O'Shaughnessy shoulder serve as the Jaguars' top-two tight ends Sunday.

September 6, 2019 12:00 PM EST

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