Left Tackle Replacement for Jaguars Already on Roster
The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost left tackle Cam Robinson for the season with an ACL injury, but head coach Doug Marrone said his replacement is on the roster.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone confirmed on Monday when he met with the media that starting left tackle Cam Robinson will miss the 2018 season with a torn ACL. He also told those in attendance the team has options on the current roster to fill the position.
"“We have answers here in the building,” Marrone said Monday, a day after the Jaguars’ 31-20 victory over the New England Patriots at TIAA Bank Field via Jaguars.com."
Josh Wells replaced Robinson in the lineup during the game on Sunday afternoon and played well alongside left guard Andrew Norwell. Quarterback Blake Bortles was not sacked during the contest and threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns.
Marrone said that Wells will move into the starting spot when the Jaguars face their AFC South rivals, the Tennessee Titans on Sunday from TIAA Bank Field.
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Wells is a feel-good story as an undrafted rookie free agent out of James Madison who signed with the Jaguars in 2014 and has continued to play well as a backup and spot starter. He has played in 34 games and has four starts in his career.
"According to John Oehser, Wells played 63 snaps Sunday or nearly 89 percent of the Jaguars’ offensive plays."
The plan for Robinson is to undergo surgery in the near future. The second-round pick out of Alabama in 2017 started 17 of 18 games in his career. He had an up and down rookie season but showed promise as the team’s left tackle of the future.
"“Obviously, Cam’s out for the year with a left knee,” Marrone said. “It’s a shame. He has worked hard. He’s a good, young player.”"
The Jaguars offensive line took a major step forward last season with Robinson in the lineup. The team allowed only 24 sacks and the run blocking improved so much that Jacksonville led the league in rushing yards per game.