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Jaguars rookie RB Fournette no lock to start season opener

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The release of the first depth chart of the regular season often helps to determine just who it was that actually won a position battle that remained undecided through the preseason.

That’s not the case with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jags released their first depth chart of the season on Tuesday, but it did little to tell us who will start at left guard or even running back when the team travels to Houston for its season opener on Sunday.

The Jaguars listed four players evenly at left guard, but the fact that Patrick Omameh, Earl Watford, Tyler Shatley and Josh Wells were not listed alphabetically or numerically may tell us something.

Then again it may not. Though the listing would seem to suggest that Omameh is ahead of the others, coach Doug Marrone says it’s still too soon to know who will actually get the starting nod.

 “We have work to see during the week and we’ll see where we are,’’ Marrone said Monday when asked if he had made a decision on who his starter at that spot would be.

 “We have two good practices coming up and Friday is a good practice for us, so it has kind of changed a little bit and (we’ll) see where we are going into the game.’’

The situation at running back isn’t very clear either. The team listed rookie Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon – in that order – as co-starters at the position.

That too was in keeping with what Marrone had to say about a starter at that spot. Just as he intends to do with the left guard, job, Marrone plans to wait until the end of the week to make a call.

The question at running back may be as much about preparedness as it is ability. Fournette ran the ball just nine times before he went down with a foot/toe injury.

He has been back at practice for a week now and the issue seems to behind him, but Marrone said he wanted to wait to make a call to see how the three candidates perform in practice.

“We’ll see how the week goes,’’ he said. “We’ll see who will be back there.”

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