The Jaguars had an unfortunate day on the injury front. Both of their 2019 third-round picks went down with injuries.
Tight End Josh Oliver was off to a hot start in training camp. Early in Thursday's practice, he burned another rookie, safety Andrew Wingard, in a one-on-one drill. As Oliver was crossing the goal line, Wingard tackled him from behind. When he got up from the ground, Oliver immediately started limping and did not return to practice.
We now know that Oliver suffered a hamstring injury. The extent of that injury, however, will remain unclear until his MRI results come back. Oliver was expected to be a contributor early and often for the Jaguars' offense, even if he wasn't going to be the full-time starter.
Quincy Williams was also forced to leave practice early. The bad news is that Williams suffered a meniscus injury that will require arthroscopic surgery. The good news is that the Jaguars expect him back by the start of the regular season.
Williams will miss out on valuable reps between now and then. But according to Doug Marrone, Williams has been on the field for more snaps than any defensive player during training camp. He's thrived for much of camp with his speed and instincts on full display. I still expect Williams to enter the regular season in the starting lineup at the weakside linebacker spot. If he does return in time for the regular season, Williams will face the ultimate test in week one when Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs come to town.
Stay tuned for more.
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