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Jaguars lose rookie LB Quincy Williams to injury

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The bad news continues for the Jaguars defense and this time it’s an injury to a rookie that they have been counting on.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the story Thursday afternoon that rookie safety / linebacker Quincy Williams has suffered a significant knee injury and will be out at least a month and maybe longer:

The Jaguars third-round pick back in April out of FCS Murray State was being counted on with the absence of former pro bowl linebacker Telvin Smith. Smith announced in May that he would not be playing this season and would forgo his $9 million salary for reasons that are yet to be disclosed.

Williams has been taking reps with the first-team at linebacker although he played a good portion of his career at safety in college. The 5’11 225 lbs. player had 111 tackles with 9.5 for loss with two Ints, while playing hybrid linebacker for the Racers last season.

The Jaguars Williams is the older brother of Quinnen Williams, who was an All-American defensive tackle at Alabama and was drafted with a third overall pick by the New York Jets in April.

Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone appeared on his Jaguars.com/radio simulcast show Thursday afternoon and was optimistic that Williams will be ready for the opener:

Jacksonville will now turn to a couple of other reserves in Ramik Wilson and DJ Alexander to try to fill in with Williams out. Wilson was a reserve on the NFC Champion Rams a year ago tallying 35 tackles with three for loss. The former Georgia Bulldog signed as a free agent with the Jags in the offseason.

The Jaguars are also without arguably their best edge pass-rusher in Yannick Ngakoue, who is continuing his holdout for a long-term huge contract.

So, while the Jaguars still have Pro Bowl players like Calais Campbell and Jalen Ramsey, plus, rookie pass rusher Josh Allen, the issues of whom they don’t have on that side of the ball, are mounting up.

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Jags coach Marrone acknowledged Wednesday he’s in jeopardy

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As the Jaguars 2019 season has spiraled downward, their head coach acknowledged Wednesday that there are likely changes coming in North Florida.

Doug Marrone, in his third full season as the Jags head coach, met with the media prior to Wednesday’s practice:

“We’re all fighting for our jobs. When you look at it from that standpoint, each person has to make their own decision on how they handle those things….It’s a constant microscope in this league, but I think it gets magnified when you are not winning football games,” Marrone said plainly.

It’s no secret that the Jaguars are plummeting. Sunday they were embarrassed again at home, this time by the L.A. Chargers 45 – 10. That was the fifth consecutive decisive loss (by at least 17 points) for a team that was once 4 – 4 and in the conversation are the AFC Wildcard picture.

Yes, there are injuries including the team losing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and recently linebacker Myles Jack to season-ending IR. The same on offense where WR Marqise Lee never got healthy and made contributions this year. He, too is back on injured reserve.

Further, the team also had to deal with the constant off field distraction and then decided to trade away arguably their best player, defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams. Granted, Ramsey wanted out and was trying not to play while the trade was being consummated. Still, this missed him on the field and it was an issue.

Then, there’s the mess on offense, where the Jags offensive line is in shambles and Marrone had to bench high-priced free agent quarterback Nick Foles before last week’s game. That’s because of his ineffective play and lack of mobility to play behind their poor line.

Rookie Gardner Minshew, who had won four games earlier this year, didn’t do much with only 162 yards in the air and a late third-quarter touchdown that only cut the lead to 31 – 10 in the loss Sunday.

Further, running back Leonard Fournette has now been neutralized by the lack of good line play and the inability to get the passing game going. Fournette went from having a good start to the season that included three 100-yard or more games out of four in late September and October, to having five of his last six games where he has run for 50 yards or less.

So, everywhere you look, the Jags are struggling and losing, and owner Shad Khan is expected to make wholesale changes at the end of the year.

But for now, Jacksonville must go out to Oakland this week and try not to be further embarrassed there.

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Jaguars injury woes continue- LB Myles Jack to IR

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The bad news on the injury front for the Jaguars continued on Thursday, when they placed star linebacker Myles Jack on injured reserve.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the news first:

Jack missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury that was believed to be a sprain suffered in the loss to the Colts two weeks ago. However, the move to IR indicates it may be more serious.

The Jaguars season has unraveled over the course of the last month with injuries to their defense and the team trading away perennial Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the Rams. Jacksonville had already put DT Marcel Dareus on IR, All-Pro defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been trying to battle through a bad back and DB Tony Harrison has still not been cleared with a concussion.

Coach Doug Marrone has expressed the last two weeks that it has been a struggle for his defense with all of the injuries mounting late in the year.

As for Jack, he had settled in the middle linebacker roll after Telvin Smith abruptly retired in May.

Jack has been solid, but not spectacular, in the middle of the defense registering 7 or more tackles in five games this season. However he hasn’t forced a fumble, has only one interception and half of a sack. Jack also has just three tackles-for-loss at a position that often dictates much more output than that.

The former second-round pick out of UCLA had question marks about his knee coming out of college, when the Jaguars took him in the 2016 draft. However, he has answered critics on his durability by being active for all 59 games of his career up until last week.

Jacksonville will use veteran Donald Payne at middle linebacker for now. Payne played significantly last week against the Buccaneers and has been on and off of Jacksonville roster this season.

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