The Jaguars held practice on Thursday following a day off due to Hurricane Dorian. Each and everyone one of the Jaguars' players made it back safe and sound.
Josh Oliver and Cedric Ogbuehi, who are both nursing hamstring injuries, were the only players not to participate in practice in preparation for the Jaguars' week one contest with the Chiefs.
Jaguars' head coach Doug Marrone is preparing for the worst. If Cedric Ogbuehi, who is the team's primary swing tackle, is unable to take the field on Sunday, the Jaguars will have a backup plan in place. Second-year offensive lineman Will Richardson, who played tackle in college at NC State would probably be the guy who would fill in as the backup tackle. The hope is obviously that the Jaguars won't need to worry about who the backup is at either tackle spot.
The goal has always been to get rookie tight end Josh Oliver back on the field for week one. He injured his hamstring early in training camp but was regularly flashing prior to the injury. If he can play in the first game, it will help the Jaguars open up the middle of the field. If not, the Jags still have Geoff Swaim and James O'Shaughnessy, who have both shown the ability to make plays in John DeFilippo's offense.
It appears that Marrone's newly found cautious approach to the preseason paid off in a big way. Marrone chose to give his starters more practice reps, in a controlled environment, than in-game reps throughout the preseason. The Jaguars won't be undermanned entering 2019. It remains to be seen, however, if the Jaguars' health will endure throughout the 2019 season. There will be injuries, but if the Jaguars can do a better job of avoiding the dreaded injured reserve, they'll be in great shape to compete for a playoff spot once again.
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