The Jacksonville Jaguars have started to get hit by the injury bug early in the 2019 season, but nothing really all that major as it stands. The team has been without starting left tackle Cam Robinson, who just came of the PUP list on Monday, and guys like Andrew Norwell and rookie Jawaan Taylor have been dinged and out of the lineup.
It’s always rough to see so many injuries at a maligned group this early in training camp/preseason, it does open some doors for guys like second-year offensive lineman Will Richardson.
The 2018 fourth-round pick didn’t do much as a rookie, as he battled his own injuries, but so far in the 2019 Jaguars training camp the word from multiple people is that he is legitimately pushing A.J. Cann for the starting right guard position. Though, the injuries on the line have kind of stalled that a bit and pushed Richardson into playing some other roles and impressing the coaching staff.
“I was thinking about Will [Richardson Jr.] because Will’s played a bunch of right,: Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday when asked how the return of Robinson will impact the offensive line makeup/rotation. “Now Jawaan Taylor, obviously he’s out, so I’ll probably keep Will over there at right because I really think he’s one of the better storylines for the team. I don’t know if a lot of people have written about it, but he’s really done a hell of a job from where he was last year to this year and that’s a credit to him.”
As mentioned, Richardson by all accounts was pushing Cann for the starting right guard position. He played the most snaps in last Thursday’s preseason game of all of the offensive lineman and I thought he had a real nice showing at the right tackle position. He’s also been filling in at left guard for the injured Norwell, which will probably lessen his chance to win the starting right guard position, but overall is a good sign.
The coaching staff seems to feel good about Richardson at three different spots on the offensive line and quality depth at multiple positions is definitely something the Jaguars have been missing.