News came down Friday afternoon that Jacksonville Jaguars starting left tackle Cam Robinson was out of practice due to a knee injury and shortly after we learned he would not be start. The injury was described as a non-contact injury and his knee gave out on a drill, but the feeling is that it’s not major and he won’t be out long. Robinson will be out Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 home opener however, with utility man Will Richardson getting the start at left tackle.
The good news is Richardson has only played left tackle once, on a kneel down play.
The team is confident in him, though.
“Very high,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said on Friday afternoon when he met with the media.
I have no idea what to expect from Richardson at left tackle, but he was originally drafted as a plan for the eventual starting right tackle, which is what he played at N.C. State, but was moved to guard this season and seemed to adjust well. The good thing is offensive tackle is not completely foreign to Richardson and the team did use him at times at tackle in training camp.
“We worked a little bit,” Marrone said about Richardson at tackle. “And then what happened is we were going to get them all out there working tackle, and then he started really playing well and he was competing for the right guard spot, so we kind of nixed that. We had him competing for right guard and now we have him playing tackle.”
Richardson won’t have an easy task on Sunday, likely facing off against Frank Clark for a lot of the game, but it is interesting the team decided to start Richardson instead of simply re-signing Josh Wells to start for a game.