The Jacksonville Jaguars started to practice on Sunday ahead of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles without the need of a number of essential players.

It is 1 of the words the Jaguars do not will need to hear this preseason.


The final point this five-11 group necessary was to start preparing for their Thursday evening residence matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles without the need of a number of essential players who are nursing injuries currently this coming season.

To begin off his presser on Saturday afternoon, head coach Doug Marrone stated that each left tackle Cam Robinson and wide receiver Marqise Lee are nevertheless rehabbing knee injuries and the group may well have to prepare to begin the frequent season without the need of either 1 in the beginning lineup.

“They’re operating difficult, the trainers are operating difficult, everybody’s operating difficult, but we just cannot get them more than the hump,” Marrone mentioned. “We’ve got to go and begin preparing to play without the need of them, regrettably. It could transform, of course, but it’d be challenging.”

These are huge blows to a group that requires a quick begin to the season. Robinson may well be a larger loss provided the troubles the group had final season along the offensive line. Neither, player, Marrone explained, got by way of a benchmark which would have provided the coaching employees far more facts as to when they would be on the practice field.

Injuries have been such an concern final season, and continue to mount through coaching camp and into Week two of the preseason that it has left Marrone and his employees a bit bewildered.

The Jaguars will also be without the need of ideal tackle Jawaan Taylor nowadays in practice. The offensive line is now a severe query mark heading into Thursday evening and potentially beyond. How lengthy the second-round choose is out is a mystery and may well imply Cedric Ogbuehi will play in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Jaguars have changed their method to operating by way of minicamp and coaching camp with an emphasis on attempting to stay healthful prior to the season begins. But as injuries mount and the roster starts to appear far more like a M.A.S.H unit, it tends to make items tougher to strategy for the team’s subsequent preseason game, let alone the frequent season which starts in beneath a month.

Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN, the transform in practices for the Jaguars has been dramatic.

“Marrone had changed the way he runs coaching camp — two years ago the Jaguars have been in complete pads for 14 consecutive practices and did the exact same for 11 consecutive practices final year — just after owner Shad Khan asked how he planned on avoiding the injuries that plagued the group final year,” DiRocco wrote.

“Seven starters have been injured by the second week of the season and at some point ended up on injured reserve.”

The Jaguars can’t anticipate to be a winning football group or even a playoff contender with these sorts of numbers on the injury front.

“We’re attempting to get guys to the season and prepared to go,” Marrone mentioned. “So that is why practices are the way they are and that is why we’re playing the way we are. Is it a thing that we’d like to do, myself personally? Definitely not. That is not been my background. I mentioned it just after [the first preseason game]: I’ve changed of course the philosophy of what I’ve had in the preseason, and I’ve had to do it. It was a thing that was type of forced with the injuries and every thing that occurred.

Marrone mentioned there have been some positives to take from the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens from Thursday evening. He reiterated he was pleased with the play of defensive back C.J. Reavis and rookie pass rusher Josh Allen. He also mentioned he was pleased with what he saw from defensive tackle Taven Bryan.

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