Well, so much for the ominous news that Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson might not be ready for the opening regular-season game. The team has done a reversal and activated the injured left tackle off the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list Monday morning and he participated in their camp workout.
Coach Doug Marrone made the announcement prior to practice that the Jaguars have changed their mind from what he told the media Saturday and will begin acclimating Robinson to practice and conditioning:
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 12, 2019
We wrote Saturday that Marrone discouragingly stated that it didn’t look like Robinson or injured wide receiver Marqise Lee would be ready for the season opener September 8th with the Chiefs. Both players are coming off of ACL knee surgeries after being hurt at the beginning of last year.
However, Robinson is obviously improved to the point where the Jaguars have decided to bring him along with hopes that he will be ready to start the season.
Florida Times-Union beat writer John Reid tweeted this video of Robinson working with a blocking sled with a medical sleeve and brace on his left knee:
Back to work for Cam Robinson pic.twitter.com/3oZ0WJBtj0
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) August 12, 2019
Robinson was drafted in 2017 in the second round out of Alabama, and he played in all 16 games his rookie year. A year ago, he was installed at the important left tackle position throughout the off season and preseason games. However, he suffered the torn ACL in the first quarter of the Jags week two win over the Patriots and was placed on season ending IR.
The Jaguars have had hopes that Robinson would be fully recovered for the 2019 regular season, as a decision would have been looming to put him on the final 53 man roster for week one or risk having to leave him, under PUP rules, on that list deeper into the regular season.
It’s very unlikely that Robinson will see much, if any actual live contact in the short-term, but rather the team will gradually work him in the next 10 days or so, as the preseason unfolds.
Jags QB Foles returns to face Colts Sunday in key South battle
Nick Foles will be making his return to the field with the Jaguars after recovering from the broken collarbone he suffered in the season opener. There’s a lot of hope riding on his return that he can recharge the struggling offense as they head into the playoff race.
Foles spoke with the media on Wednesday and addressed what it’s like reentering into the season midway through, especially going into an ACF south matchup right off the bat.
Quarterback Nick Foles meets the media following today's practice. https://t.co/SPhDErCIdn
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 13, 2019
“Its harder. Guys have been playing for a long time. More is on the line. Offenses and cultures and teams have been developed… That’s the biggest challenge of stepping back in and playing football when it’s been awhile. But I look forward to the challenge because of the guys I get to step into the huddle with and be with on the sidelines”
Foles is reclaiming the starting spot from rookie Gardner Minshew who has done his fair share of not only bringing home a couple of solid wins, but bringing life back to the Jacksonville franchise.
But, Minshew made it easier for Marrone and the Jaguars to make the decision to put him on the bench, when he played poorly and threw a couple of horrible interceptions in the fourth quarter of the 26 – 3 loss to Houston two weeks ago at Wembley Stadium.
In fairness, not much had been going right throughout the day on either side of the ball for the Jaguars in that game, and Minshew had been really good with 13 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions over his previous seven games before London.
Clearly, it’s the safer play for Jaguars to go back to the Super Bowl hero from two years ago in Foles, whom they gave a massive contract to in March.
Jacksonville landed the former Eagles QB by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.
And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help. His efficiency and decisiveness on offense, especially when under pressure, could bring the Jags as much success as he saw in his time in Philadelphia.
According to Pro Football Focus, Foles completed 44 out of 73 of his passes (60.3%) for 566 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions while under pressure. Against the blitz, Foles completed 37 out of 51 (72.5) passes for 457 yards and four touchdowns.
While Minshew put up solid numbers, passing for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions in nine total games, he struggles significantly more when under pressure, which is why its safer so go with the vet late in the season.
Foles has been back at practice for about two weeks and had a bye this past weekend to prepare for divisional matchup with the Colts. It will be a huge first test back, as they travel to Indianapolis to try and start a run in a game that will greatly affect playoff chances.
Jaguars Khan Wednesday- “no plans to move team to London”
Having just played and lost their most recent home away from home game in London, the Jaguars are on their bye week, but owner Shad Khan was making some news on Wednesday night talking about the possibility of playing more than just a game a season in England.
Khan appeared on the NFL themed half hour highlight and interview show called “The Grind,” that airs on the Epix premium cable network. And, the show is hosted by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.
The show profiled Khan rising from meagher upbringing in Pakistan to eventually becoming a billionaire businessman in the U.S. and now, sports franchise owner of the Jaguars and Fulham FC of the English Premier Soccer League.
But, of particular of interest was when Eisen began to talk to Khan in a taped interview from last week about the Jaguars potentially playing more than a game in London or moving altogether to England?
With the subject of an @NFL team moving to London being a very hot topic, I sat down with @Jaguars owner Shad Khan in the UK and asked just how viable that is. And if that relocated team could possibly be his.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 6, 2019
He first asked the Jaguars boss about the possibility of any team moving full-time to England to which Khan responded,
Personally, in my humble opinion, I don’t think it’s anywhere close to that (demand for full time team/16 games in England). We don’t want to have more games than there’s organic demand for.”
Eisen, then followed up with the logical question that everyone in North Florida and around the NFL seems to speculate about with the Jaguars, would Khan completely relocate to England?
Khan answered matter-of-factly,
“Well, I think, no. There are no plans to move the team to London.”
Obviously, that is an answer that is generic and one that Khan, who still has a lease at TIAA Bank Field and big business interest in Jacksonville, has to give.
The NFL currently plays four international games in London, and the belief is when the new collective bargaining agreement comes around in another two years, that the number may increase to 8 games with the potential of 16. In that case, every team in the league would play every year in London.
All of that is theoretical though at the moment.
What we do know is the Jaguars have had a multi-year agreement in place to continually play in England and Khan reiterated on the show that it’s been very beneficial financially, if not essential, to help his bottom line with the Jaguars staying in Jacksonville.
Obviously, circumstances and answers can change in the future, including the number of games the Jags might play in a season in the U.K. in the future.
And Khan (and everyone else paying attention) knows that, too.
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