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CBS announces broadcast teams for early Dolphins- Jaguars games

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CBS begins its 60th season of televising the National Football League when the regular season gets underway Sunday September 8th. And, we already know the announced crews for the opening weekend Dolphins and Jaguars games.

The network made the announcements about broadcasting crew assignments, as they unveiled their play-by-play and analyst teams on Tuesday afternoon in a press release:

Back for the third season as the number one team will be Emmy award-winning play-by-play man, Jim Nantz and former Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo. Romo (above) has blossomed into one of the top voices in the NFL over the last couple of seasons of being in the booth.

Nance and Romo will traditionally work the best matchup involving an AFC home team every week. They actually are broadcasting the week one Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans game to most of the country. There’s much hype around the Browns with former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield and the recent acquisition of former Giants receiver Odell Beckham.

As for the opening Sunday in South Florida, the Dolphins will play host to the AFC North Champs, Baltimore Ravens. And, the CBS team will be play by play man, Andrew Catalon and Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton.

Meanwhile, up I-95 a few hours in Jacksonville, Ian Eagle and Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Fouts, will call the Jaguars playing host to the AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs.

The following Sunday, the announcers will “flip-flop” for the Jacksonville and Miami games.

The network announced their week two assignments that include the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots traveling to Hard Rock Stadium to play the Dolphins. That match-up will have the team of Eagle and Fouts broadcasting the game.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars will travel to their AFC South rival, the Texans and that crew will be Catalon and Lofton. Nantz and Romo will work the second game of the CBS doubleheader between the Chiefs and the Raiders in Oakland.

We previously wrote about the Fox broadcast crews and their early season assignments, including for the Bucs September 8th opener with the 49ers.

The networks traditionally announce broadcast teams in two week increments throughout the season.

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Jags WR Marqise Lee returns to practice

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After losing veteran Alfred Blue in the first half of the 24–10 Thursday night loss to the Eagles with an ankle injury, the Jaguars are looking for offensive depth. In some fortunate news, WR Marqise Lee is off of the PUP list and has begun practicing today, roughly one year after suffering from knee damage that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season.

Head coach Doug Marrone made the announcement before practice on Saturday.

First Coast news reporter Ben Murphy got a video of Lee at practice receiving a pass from QB Nick Foles.

Last year, Lee was injured in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Falcons. He was hit by reserve defensive back Damontae Kazee on this play after a reception.

Lee suffered a torn ACL and went on injured reserve missing the entire season.

Lee became more prominent in Jacksonville’s pass offense in 2017 with 56 catches for 702 yards and three TDs. The Jags are surely going to rely on him this season which could mean he’ll see the field a bit in their third preseason game to get him readjusted to competitive game play.

However, they might not want to risk another potential injury before the season begins. We could see it going either way. We do know that he’ll be a great weapon for Nick Foles to utilize this season.

The return of Lee is coming off the heels of some other good news for the Jags announced earlier this week. Starting left tackle Cam Robinson was also removed from the PUP list on Monday after suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 last season. He has since made enough progress participate in some individual drills and should be ready, along with Lee, for their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other injury-related news, we await how serious Blue’s ankle injury is coming off this second preseason game. Meanwhile, the likelihood is that Leonard Fournette, backed up by Thomas Rawls, will be the two running backs when the Jaguars play at the Dolphins next Thursday night.

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Jaguars searching for RB depth after second preseason game

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With preseason game number two in the books, it’s apparent the Jaguars have real issues with running back depth due to injury. This after veteran Alfred Blue left the first half of the 24 – 10 Thursday night loss to the Eagles with an ankle injury and did not return.

Blue carried the ball four times for just five yards has Jacksonville offense once again sputtered behind a makeshift offensive line. Coach Doug Marrone was so concerned about that line situation and their ability to protect/block that starting quarterback Nick Foles and running back Leonard Fournette never saw the field for a single play during Thursday night.

That means that veteran at Thomas Rawls (above Thursday) was called upon to carry the ball a little more, and he did so, seven times for 19 yards including a long run of 11 playing in the first half.

Rawls is a 5th year veteran who had some modest success with the Seahawks, including rushing for 830 yards his rookie year in 2015 with a 5.6 yard per carry average. His numbers tapered off in 2016 – 17 with ankle and foot injuries, as he only played in 21 games in those two years. Rawls was later released and picked up by the Bengals, but injured again last season, and never carried the ball in Cincinnati.

Obviously, the Jaguars are wanting to implement Fournette, as the primary ball carrier, but they will need someone else to spell him on a series or two. Also, Fournette has had durability questions, as he missed parts or all of eight games last year with a hamstring injury.

The Jags were also hoping to bring along Temple rookie running back Ryquell Armstead, but after he carried eight times for 22 yards last week, he suffered a concussion in the preseason opening loss to the Ravens. Armstead hasn’t practiced since, and is still being evaluated with no further update Thursday.

Speaking of updates, we await how serious Blue’s ankle injury is coming off this second preseason game. Meanwhile, the likelihood is that Fournette, backed up by Rawls, will be the two running backs when the Jaguars play at the Dolphins next Thursday night.

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