Wide receiver Zay Jones missed the Week 3 game against the Houston Texans and he might not suit up against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media Wednesday and provided injury updates on Jones and other players.
Jones, who's dealing with a knee injury and is a long shot to play in Week 4, according to Pederson. On the other hand, Anton Harrison, who suffered an ankle injury against the Houston Texans, should be fine.
Linebacker Devin Lloyd won't be making the trip to London though. He underwent testing after hurting his hand against the Texans. It's a bit more serious than it was originally thought.
"Devin's probably the one that's a little more severe with his hand," Pederson said. "He's probably gonna miss this football game. Just the nature of the injury and what's going to take place with him. So he's actually one of the players we're going to keep back here for the next two weeks."
Jones hauled in five receptions for 55 yards in the opener but was held without a catch in Week 2. If he isn't good to go Sunday, Jamal Agnew and Tim Jones will see an uptick in playing time.
Lloyd, for his part, has appeared in 92 percent of the team's defensive snaps and logged three passes defensed and 19 tackles. Fellow sophomore linebacker Chad Muma will step in his place during his absence. Muma has played 20 defensive snaps this season, 19 of them in Week 3. Pederson thinks he'll do a good job filling in for Lloyd:
"Chad's been doing really well. "We wanted to make sure he continues to develop and play, and not hold him back. So getting him in the football game last week was by design. Now, he gets a chance to step up and start and be in the huddle full time. Lean on last year a little bit, young player who we're excited about, and he'll do a good job," Pederson said.
In addition to Lloyd, cornerback Gregory Lloyd and defensive end DaVon Hamilton won't be traveling to London. They're both on the Injured Reserve list. Left tackle Cam Robinson, defensive back Antonio Johnson and defensive end Dawuane Smoot will all make the trip.
Jaguars RS Jamal Agnew and Tim Jones will need to step up in Zay Jones absence
The Jaguars are no doubt taking the right approach with Zay Jones. Why press him into action and expose him to further risk? Having said that, his absence would be huge. Against Houston, tight end Evan Engram was the leading receiver with seven catches for 67 yards. Jamal Agnew had four receptions for 49 yards but also had a costly fumble in Texans territory. Jacksonville can't afford those kind of mistakes if they want to get back to the win column.
That said, Agnew won't be the only Jaguars receiver who must step up. Calvin Ridley has been dealing with drops the last two games. Had he been able to reeled in those catches, the offense would have reached the end zone. Regardless of the reason, Ridley needs to show out like he did in the opener, when he hauled in eight receptions for 101 yards with one touchdown.
The Jaguars have lost two in a row and one big reason is their inability to move the ball and score. If they want to beat the Falcons, they'll need to get the offense going, and they'll need to do it without Zay Jones.