Injuries opening doors for young receivers
The Jacksonville Jaguars were hoping that WR Laurent Robinson would be able to come off the concussion program but that was not to be. Robinson, who has suffered three concussions in this the earliest part of the season, has still not fully recovered
Head coach Mike Mularkey has been forced to rely on very young players including rookies Justin Blackmon and Kevin Elliott. Two-year veteran Cecil Shorts has already begun getting time with the first team.
“Yeah we worked Cecil Shorts over at the X position these last couple days,” coach Mularkey said on Wednesday. “He’s been over at the Z since really the beginning of OTA’s so we’re just trying to get him comfortable at that other spot. It is different and he’s got a lot of work over there.”
The front office is feeling the pressure of a 1-4 start and GM Gene Smith recently put the offense on notice in an interview with the Florida-Times Union.
“It’s not where you want to be for sure. I’m confident that it will improve. But there are a lot of different things – there’s certainly our health early in the year and that’s a part of the game, but there’s a level of synergy, players working together and you have to execute at a high level in order to be able to win. It can’t just be for two or three quarters.”
The Jaguars will next face the Oakland Raiders (1-4) in a battle to get to see who gets back on track first. Be sure to get your tickets and help cheer on your Jaguars