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Who Are Some Outside Options For The Injury Depleted Jaguars Offense?

Zach Goodall

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Sep 9, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mike Gillislee (25) before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

With four members of the Jaguars offense on the injured reserve, as well as running back Leonard Fournette constantly being bothered by a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1, the Jaguars are going to have to start looking for some other options to help the offensive side of the ball.

After losing wide receiver Marqise Lee (knee ligament damange) in the preseason and left tackle Cam Robinson (torn ACL) in Week 2, things were already looking dreary for the offense in terms of health. Then, running back Corey Grant suffered a lisfranc injury (ankle) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core muscle) were lost during the Chiefs game this past Sunday. Both will join Lee and Robinson on the IR, with ASJ set to be placed on the short term reserve that will allow him to return to action in at least eight weeks.

Oh, and on top of all this, LT Josh Wells, who has been starting in place of Robinson, is dealing with a groin injury and was labeled as “week-to-week” by head coach Doug Marrone.

That’s four offensive starters, a reserve-turned-starter, and an offensive “weapon” all out for a significant amount of time, if not the season, before Week 6. Not ideal.

Considering the injuries are mounting, the Jaguars will likely be forced to scan the street free agent market and potentially make some trade calls to fill the voids left throughout the offense. Who could the Jaguars take a look at?

Free agents

RB Orleans Darkwa

The name constantly being floated around, Orleans Darkwa has connections to the Jaguars coaching staff and front office. The former New York Giants committee back played for Jaguars EVP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin when he was the Giants head coach in 2014-15, as well as OL coach Pat Flaherty during the same time frame.

During his four seasons with the Giants, Darkwa tallied 242 carries for 1036 yards and 10 touchdowns, with 26 receptions for 176 yards in the passing game as well. Considering he received no love in free agency this year, he would likely be a cheap signing. The Jaguars worked Darkwa out during the offseason, as well as last week.

RB Mike Gillislee

The former Patriots and Saints RB was just cut this past week when RB Mark Ingram returned from his suspension in New Orleans. A Florida native and a former University of Florida RB, Gillislee has rushed for 1291 yards on 274 carries, recording 16 TDs.

Gillislee has reported interest from his former Patriots team, but if nothing comes of that, Gillislee would be a fine complementary RB to T.J. Yeldon until Fournette returns fully healthy.

OT Will Beatty

While he is getting up there in age (33) and has dealt with numerous injuries during his career, Beatty offers 63 starts of experience and played for Coughlin and Flaherty from 2009-2015. He was most recently rostered by the Eagles in 2017, although he was strictly a reserve and didn’t play a snap.

Beatty’s deal with the Eagles was worth only $900k, so it’s safe to assume he would be a cheap, depth signing with veteran experience and familiarity with Coughlin and Flaherty.

Trade options?

After scanning depth charts across the league… sorry folks, there really isn’t anyone worth trading for as a bandaid for the Jaguars offense at positions of need.

The intriguing players would likely be expensive deals, such as Browns RB Duke Johnson. Considering that Fournette is this team’s lead back and should be back on the field within a couple of weeks, it’s nearly impossible to assume the Jaguars would send away assets with a capable starter in house in Yeldon.

Offensive line depth is weak across the entire league, so unfortunately there’s no worthwhile deals the jaguars could make for a left tackle. Trading for a starter would make no sense, unless they were nearing the end of their contract, considering the team is invested in Cam Robinson.

As for tight ends, the trade market looks much like the offensive line market. Just not much out there worth trading for.

So, to make up for the lack of trade options, let’s take a look at potential practice squad pickups aroud the league.

Practice squad pickups

RB Boston Scott, Saints

TE Andrew Vollert, Cardinals

TE Deon Yelder, Chiefs

RB Bo Scarborough, Cowboys

OT Jarron Jones, Buccaneers

OL Colby Gossett, Vikings

 

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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