|No. 39 – Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Position:||Wide receiver |
|Born:||April 3, 1995|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Point Loma (CA)|
|College:||San Diego (2013–2016)|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 165|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2022|
|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). 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.
Agnew attended and played high school football at Point Loma High School. 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.
Agnew attended and played college football for the San Diego Toreros, where he played cornerback and returned kicks. He finished his college career with 148 tackles and 11 interceptions. As a senior, he returned 17 punts for 216 yards.
|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+1⁄2 in
|4.34 s||1.54 s||2.44 s||4.27 s||6.92 s||36.0 in
|10 ft 5 in
|All values from Pro Day|
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. Following 2008 draftee Josh Johnson, he became the second player in San Diego Torrero history to be drafted. On May 12, 2017, the Lions signed Agnew to a four-year, $2.65 million contract with a signing bonus of $258,364.
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. In Week 6, against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded a 74-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter. In Week 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he recorded his first NFL reception, a 12-yard catch. 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. He led the NFL in punt return yards and punt return touchdowns. He earned first team All-Pro honors. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
On October 15, 2018, Agnew was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. He was activated off injured reserve on December 19, 2018. In six games, he had eight kickoff returns for 216 net yards and 12 punt returns for 57 net yards.
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. In Week 16, against the Denver Broncos, he had a 64-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 27–17 loss.
On May 26, 2020, it was announced that Agnew would transition from cornerback to full time wide receiver. In the 2020 season, he had 13 receptions for 89 yards while having 28 kickoff returns for 783 net yards and 14 punt returns for 178 net yards and one punt return touchdown. The touchdown came in Week 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 47–7 loss.
On March 17, 2021, Agnew signed a three-year, $14.25 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. 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. 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. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. He suffered a hip injury in Week 11 and was placed on injured reserve on November 22, 2021.
In 2022, Agnew played in 15 games, gaining 1,025 all-purpose yards and averaging 26 yards per kickoff return. In the Jaguars 31–30 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, he returned four kickoffs for 134 yards. In the Jaguars' Divisional Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Agnew returned three kickoffs for 131 yards, three punts for 23, and had seven yards from scrimmage. However, he committed a costly fourth quarter fumble in the opposing red zone.
Agnew was named to 2023 Pro Bowl after Baltimore Ravens' kick returner Devin Duvernay was deemed unable to play due to injury.