Another Saturday night of Super Bowl weekend and another Hall of Fame bypass for Jaguars legendary left tackle Tony Boselli. However, credit the mammoth Boselli for this: he remains gracious and philosophical, even through the disappointment about his possible chances of getting in.
Boselli spoke exclusively with Jaguars.com in Atlanta, shortly after learning that as one of the 15 finalists, he was not inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, yet again.
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“It’s disappointing. It’s been three years in a row, now,” Boselli chuckled. “I thought this was the last time…. All of those guys (the five modern ones selected Saturday) are great players. You can make an argument for every one of them….You sit back and try to be thankful to be part of the process.”
Boselli makes reference to the fact that it’s the third year in a row that he’s essentially had to do the “losers interview” on not getting tabbed by the Hall of Fame selectors.
We made the case earlier in the week that Boselli does have a very strong argument not only from his Jaguars career, but the fact that, the voters set a very interesting recent precedent by putting Broncos running back Terrell Davis in the Hall two years ago. This is with Davis’ having a stellar career cut short by injury.
Further, Boselli had every bit the resume’ as Orlando Pace, the former number one overall pick of the St Louis Rams shortly after Boselli was taken by the Jaguars in the 1990s. While Pace had a longer career, he didn’t have that much more in terms of accomplishment, except having gone to the Super Bowl twice and winning one.
And maybe, that is something that is being held against Boselli. Although, you can hardly say that having gone to an AFC Championship Game, as the Jags did early on in his career, isn’t a significant accomplishment.
Further, with Boselli having only played five years in the 90’s and still being named that decade’s best left tackle by the football writers, that speaks volumes too.
Further complicating things, was last year’s class that included first time players on the ballot like Randy Moss Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. They all got in with the necessary votes. Same thing in 2019 for Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez and Champ Bailey.
Still, the fact that Pace is already in and also, another left tackle, Jonathan Ogden former offensive tackle of the Ravens got in too, there likely will be continued momentum for Boselli to eventually get the necessary 75% votes.
Boselli concluded the interview with something that is very realistic and profound. You truly don’t know the timing and there are numerous players that have waited a long time for the call to come. And for some, it never comes.
Still the sentiment, including from those voting in the room has to be: that Boselli is one of the strongest candidates over the course of the last few years. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been a finalist the last three times.
For now, it will be another 52 weeks to wait and find out, if the Jags pillar lineman will get the call next year in Miami just before Super Bowl 54?
Jags WR Marqise Lee returns to practice
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.
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First Coast news reporter Ben Murphy got a video of Lee at practice receiving a pass from QB Nick Foles.
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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.
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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.
Jaguars searching for RB depth after second preseason game
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.