T.J. Yeldon and James Sample expected to play this week


The Jacksonville Jaguars have had some bad luck with injuries this offseason, starting with the loss of first round pick Dante Fowler Jr. and continuing in the preseason with some other key depth players, but they get a break this week with the return of some very important players: second round pick T.J Yeldon and fourth round pick James Sample.

The Jaguars have played without multiple starters on offense and defense through the first two games of the preseason, but they’ll finally get a look at what should be a good representation of the opening day lineup this week against the Detroit Lions.

Yeldon looked like the clear cut starter before injuring his finger in the scrimmage, but his absence has given Denard Robinson an opportunity to show his worth and he’s taken advantage. That’s not a bad thing, as the Jaguars now look like they have a nice stable of runners with Yeldon, Robinson, and the occasional Toby Gerhart sighting.

On the defensive side, Sample’s return is an encouraging sign. Sergio Brown has looked competent at free safety, but the Jaguars clearly want someone with ball skills patrolling the back end and Sample might be that guy. He’s going to be limited as he continues to recover from a freak broken arm, but he’s going to get a chance to force himself into the starting lineup.

With all the injuries plaguing almost every team so far this preseason, it’s nice to see some important players returning for the Jags.

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