After spending the last two weeks sounding overly optimistic about the time table for the returns of left tackle Cam Robinson and wide receiver Marqise Lee, head coach Doug Marrone threw a huge bucket of cold water on any hopes that either of the two will be on the field when the Jaguars open the regular season against the Kansas City Chiefs in a month.
While meeting with the media this afternoon prior to the team’s return to the practice field after an abysmal showing by the second and third team player in Baltimore Thursday night, Marrone appeared dejected as he faces the reality of opening the season with the horrors of another patchwork offensive line that torpedoed the team’s 2018 season.
Doug Marrone says he doesn’t think WR Marqise Lee and LT Cam Robinson will be ready for the start of the regular season. “We just can’t get them over the hump.” #Jaguars— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) August 10, 2019
Today was as down/frustrated as we’ve heard Marrone in a while, he has been fired up most of camp. Especially early.— J.P. Shadrick (@jpshadrick) August 10, 2019
Needless to say, this is not the news that the team nor the fans were looking for, especially in regards to Robinson. The expectations since the spring were for Robinson to be ready by at least the third game of the preseason with Lee slightly more further behind. It appears Robinson perhaps has suffered a setback in that time line.
With Robinson out, the Jaguars will continue to shuffle through Cedric Ogbuehi, Leonard Wester, Josh Wells and whoever else may have played left tackle from Pop Warner to college. None of those options offer the potential or talent that Robinson brings.
To pile on to the increasingly bad news, Marrone confirmed that right tackle Jawaan Taylor injured his knee from a fall to the ground during Tuesday’s final practice with the Ravens. He offered no timetable for his return.