On Friday it will be Jaguars vs Steelers in the preseason opener for Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be using this game to evaluate the roster. Many of the Steelers’ big-name players didn’t take the field in the Hall of Fame game against the Minnesota Vikings, but expect at least a series from a number of them agains the Jags.
The Jags are going to have their fair share of players sitting out as well. Nine Jags players will be missing from action in the preseason opener, including some who the fans desperately want to see. Some of the players shouldn’t be a shock. Chris Clemons (undisclosed) hasn’t been practicing at training camp so far, so don’t expect him to take the field. Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks, the starting defensive tackle pair, will also miss the game as they continue to rehab from injuries.
So, who else will be missing from Jaguars vs Steelers?
Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon will be out after spraining his finger in their scrimmage last weekend, free safety James Sample is still recovering from a broken forearm, Jared Odrick will miss with a knee injury, wide receivers Marqise Lee and Neal Sterling with hamstring concerns, and cornerback Peyton Thompson with a hamstring concern as well.
It’s tough because seeing guys like Yeldon and Odrick take their first snaps as Jaguars would be a great treat after starving for football action through the offseason. Instead we’ll see more of guys like Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson, and Toby Gerhart as ball carriers and a dash more of Tyson Alualu at defensive end.
There are still plenty of players to watch, though, so keep your eyes peeled on some players who are pushing for a roster spot or starting spot and some other players who need to improve.
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