Jamal Agnew
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Agnew with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022
No. 39 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-03) April 3, 1995 (age 27)
San Diego, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Point Loma
College:San Diego (2013–2015)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL records
  • 109-yard return touchdown play (tied)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2022
Total Tackles:31
Forced Fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:5
Rushing yards:208
Receiving yards:453
Return yards:3,493
Total Touchdowns:12
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jamal Agnew (born April 3, 1995) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He played college football at San Diego. On September 26, 2021, he tied the NFL record for the longest play with a 109 yard return off a missed field goal.

Early years

Agnew attended and played high school football at Point Loma High School.[2] Jamal Agnew constantly stood out among his peers at Point Loma; however, due to his size, he was not offered a scholarship to any major D1 school.

College career

Agnew attended and played college football for the San Diego Toreros, where he played cornerback and returned kicks.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 9+12 in
(1.77 m)
186 lb
(84 kg)
29+12 in
(0.75 m)
8+38 in
(0.21 m)
4.34 s 1.54 s 2.44 s 4.27 s 6.92 s 36.0 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
16 reps
All values from Pro Day[4][5]

Detroit Lions

Agnew played in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The Detroit Lions then selected Agnew in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[6] Following 2008 draftee Josh Johnson, he became the second player in San Diego Torrero history to be drafted.[7][8] On May 12, 2017, the Lions signed Agnew to a four-year, $2.65 million contract with a signing bonus of $258,364.[9]

In Week 2 on Monday Night Football, Agnew scored his first NFL touchdown on an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter in a 24–10 win over the New York Giants, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[10][11] In Week 6, against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded a 74-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter.[12] In Week 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first NFL reception, a 12-yard catch.[13] He finished the 2017 season with 29 punt returns for 447 net yards and two punt return touchdowns to go along with 11 kickoff returns for 196 net yards.[14]

On October 15, 2018, Agnew was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[15] He was activated off injured reserve on December 19, 2018.[16] In six games, he had eight kickoff returns for 216 net yards and 12 punt returns for 57 net yards.[17]

In Week 3 of the 2019 season against the Philadelphia Eagles, Agnew returned a kick for a 100-yard touchdown in the 27-24 win.[18] In Week 16, against the Denver Broncos, he had a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 27–17 loss.[19]

On May 26, 2020, it was announced that Agnew would transition from cornerback to full time wide receiver.[20]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On March 17, 2021, Agnew signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[21] In a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos, Agnew scored his first touchdown for the Jaguars with a 102 yard kick-off return, setting a franchise record for longest kick return in the process.[22] On September 26, 2021, the following week against the Arizona Cardinals, he scored another touchdown on a 109 yard return of a missed 68 yard field goal attempt, tying the NFL record for longest play with Antonio Cromartie and Cordarrelle Patterson, at the end of the first half in the 19–31 loss.[23] He suffered a hip injury in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve on November 22, 2021.[24]


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  2. ^ "Jamal Agnew, Point Loma , Cornerback". 247Sports. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jamal Agnew - Football". University of San Diego Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jamal Agnew, San Diego, CB, 2017 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "Jamal Agnew, Combine Results, CB - San Diego". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  6. ^ Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft cornerback Jamal Agnew". Detroit Lions. Archived from the original on April 30, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "San Diego Players/Alumni". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Jamal Agnew drafted in 5th round by Detroit Lions". University of San Diego Athletics. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Spotrac.com: Jamal Agnew contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Williams, Charean (September 18, 2017). "Jamal Agnew returns a punt 88 yards for a touchdown". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  11. ^ Maya, Adam (September 20, 2017). "Tom Brady, J.J. Nelson among Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  12. ^ "Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints - October 15th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions - October 29th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "Jamal Agnew 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Lions place CB Jamal Agnew on Reserve-Injured and sign LB Trevor Bates to active roster". DetroitLions.com. October 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "Lions place RB Kerryon Johnson on Reserve/Injured and activate CB Jamal Agnew". DetroitLions.com. December 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Jamal Agnew 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  18. ^ "Stafford, Agnew lead Lions over Eagles 27-24". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos - December 22nd, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  20. ^ Williams, Charean (May 26, 2020). "Lions moving Jamal Agnew from cornerback to receiver". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  21. ^ Oehser, John (March 17, 2021). "Official: Agnew agrees to terms". Jaguars.com.
  22. ^ Reid, John. "Jaguars' Jamal Agnew scores on 102-yard kickoff return against Broncos". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  23. ^ "Jaguars' Agnew scores TD on 109-yard kick-six". ESPN.com. September 26, 2021. Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  24. ^ DiRocco, Michael (November 22, 2021). "Jacksonville Jaguars WR/KR Jamal Agnew to miss rest of season". ESPN.com.