Oct 27, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III (84) during the NFL International Series game against the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Jaguars 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The injury bug has not been particularly nice to the Jaguars’ receiving corp as seemingly nearly every week another wide out goes down with some sort of nagging injury. Luckily the injuries have been small issues such as hamstring tightness. To date the injury bug, has taken a bite out of at least 7 receivers since the start of mini camps and OTA’s, and its bite has continued to dig deep as more receivers have been held out of practice during training camp.
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Cecil Shorts has been out for weeks after injuring his hamstring, and Allen Robinson has returned from his hamstring injury only to have the issue reappear and keep him sidelined again. Marquise Lee has thankfully seemed to keep his injury woes in the past, but due to the small number of healthy WR’s left, Lee is at risk of being overused as his rep count continues stay high which can lead to an injury. This past week alone has seen 3 receivers held out of drills/practices (Mike Brown, Nathan Slaughter, and Allen Hurns).
The Jags have been forced to sign multiple free agent wide out in order to keep enough healthy bodies on the roster to complete a full practice. Recently the Jags signed former New York Giants’ receiver Ramses Barden who is 6’6 and 225 pounds. He is a huge body, but his speed has been a big concern during his disappointing career.
With Friday’s preseason match up against the Buccaneers looming, the Jaguars have to be worried how their offense will perform especially in the passing game. Chad Henne and Blake Bortles will be forced to work with rookie wideouts and undrafted free agents picked off of the streets. The offense will already have to go to work without Toby Gerhart.
Injuries are hindering the Jags’ offense from having the practice and repetition needed to be in sync on the field. Coach Bradley can only teach the players who are on the field, so it remains to be seen how players will perform once they are healthy enough to get back on the practice field, let it alone on the game field.