The Jacksonville Jaguars leave for their annual trip to London on Thursday. Newcomer Jaelen Strong may not be with them when they leave.
The Jaguars claimed Strong off waivers from the Houston Texans on Tuesday, and it’s safe to say he wasn’t completely ready for all that entailed.
While Strong was ready and willing to move on to another team he wasn’t quite ready just yet to move on to a team headed overseas.
“I wasn’t expecting to have to leave the country,’’ said Strong, who came to realize on Wednesday that he has misplaced his passport.
“It’s somewhere in my house,” Strong told reporters. My family is there now tearing my house apart looking for it.’’
If they find it the Jaguars will add to their lineup on Sunday a wideout who can stretch the field for them.
That became a need when top wideout Allen Robinson went down with a torn ACL just a few plays into the Jaguars season opener.
That the Jaguars have turned to Strong makes sense. A 2015 third-round pick out of Arizona State, he’s only 23 and immensely skilled.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he has elite NFL size and he ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Just walking walk through the door, Strong’s presence has already left an impression on his new quarterback, Blake Bortles.
“I didn’t know he was as tall as he is,’’ Bortles said. “That’s obviously a good thing (after) you lose a guy like A-Rob.’’
As impressive as he looks, though, Strong has struggled to make a good impression on the field. He did in Houston anyway.
In 19 games with the Texans, the only team he’s played for in the NFL prior to joining the Jaguars, he’s had just 28 catches.
UPDATE: The Jaguars finished practice early to depart for London tonight. Strong did not participate due a hamstring injury. And even though his family found his passport, he will not travel with the team for Sunday’s game overseas, but stay behind to rest/rehab.