With Cam Robinson back in the fold, the Jacksonville Jaguars chose to kick Walker LIttle to left guard against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5. However, the experiment was short-lived, as he's currently out of the game with a knee injury.
Little got hurt in the Jaguars' second drive of the game. He walked off the field, without help, so maybe the injury is not that serious. Nevertheless he's been listed as questionable.
A second-round pick in the 2021 draft, Little started the season at left tackle in place of Robinson, who served a four-game suspension for violations to the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Robinson's return allowed the coaching staff to move Little to left guard, arguably the offensive line's weakest link.
Although Little has been among the left tackles in the NFL the past four games, the Jaguars went with their best five players up front. With him out of the lineup, they rolled with backup Tyler Shatley, who made the start at left guard against the Atlanta Falcons.
This is telling because Jacksonville could've gone with Ben Bartch, who made three starts at left guard but went with the veteran Shatley instead.
The Jaguars took an 11-0 lead in the 1st quarter vs. the Bills
Not everything is gloom and doom for the Jaguars though. Not long after Little left the field, the offense managed to put together a long drive that ended on a 6-yard touchdown catch from wide receiver Zay Jones. Travis Etienne then got in for the 2-point conversion.
in the Jaguars' next drive, kicker Brandon McManus made a 44-yard field goal attempt, giving Jacksonville an 11-point lead.
So far, the Jaguars have been able to move the ball both on the ground and through the air. Even though they were stymied in the first drive and had a couple carries for no games, Travis Etienne has had a couple of key runs. As of this writing, he's toted the rock five times for 17 yards while Trevor Lawrence is 7-of-10 for 95 yards with one touchdown. The defense, for their part, has done their job. They've forced Buffalo to punt twice.
While there's lots of time still left, the Jaguars seem in control of the game. Add the injury to defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, one of the Bills' top defenders, and Jacksonville might have a chance to pull off the upset.
So far, the Jaguars have done everything they're supposed to do (except for converting on third down). They cannot afford to take their foot off the gas pedal if they want to start a winning streak.