Jaguars dealing with more issues on the offensive line
By David Levin
Injuries along the offensive line are once again the most pressing issue for the Jacksonville Jaguars this preseason.
The Jacksonville Jaguars may once again have an offensive line problem.
I’m being optimistic, but there is definitely an issue with the Jaguars offensive line as injuries once again have the coaching staff working overtime to figure out which players will line up this week against the Philadelphia Eagles and how the team will look against the Kansas City Chiefs pass rush in three weeks.
With the announcement that left tackle Cam Robinson is not at the point yet where he can step onto the practice field in camp and the injury to second-round draft pick and right tackle Jawaan Taylor, this is déjà vu all over again for these Jaguars, a team that could not get out of a turnstile last season with the woes to the guys upfront.
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It’s a topic head coach Doug Marrone did address on Saturday prior to practice after the 29-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. He said Taylor fell in the Tuesday practice with the Ravens and hurt his knee. There is no announcement when he will return.
Andrew Norwell, the starting left guard did not practice as well due to injuries. Tight end Geoff Swaim was also held out of action on Saturday.
It’s not just the bookends the Jaguars are concerned about, but the entire team as the injury list begins to grow longer. The difference in practice regiment was supposed to change the direction of the team, to avoid the porous situation the team was in last season.
So far, things have not changed. Marrone also said he does not regret making the changes he has in practice, which is a major change for how he approaches the season and the way he coaches.
With Robinson still on the mend, the team will go with Josh Wells and a potentially Cedric Ogbuehi if he is not the right tackle on Thursday night. Leonard Wester will also get time on the field. There is also a belief that there is competition at right guard.
A.J. Cann has been the starter but is being pushed by Will Richardson has had a solid camp and got more playing time on Thursday. He continues to impress the coaching staff. Marrone also mentioned Brandon Thomas as a player who could be in the mix.