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It’s Allen Reisner’s chance to shine.
The second-year tight end from Iowa will make his first start for the Jacksonville Jaguars because of an injury to Marcedes Lewis.
In reality, Reisner has been starting most of the preseason as Lewis has been dealing with a calf injury.
Lewis missed practice late this week for the Jaguars and was ruled out of the game tomorrow by head coach Gus Bradley on Friday.
Now, after showing some real ability in the preseason, it is real for Reisner to show what he can do in the regular season.
The 6’3”, 255-pounder has been very effective underneath in the middle of the field and in the end zone for the Jaguars and scored two touchdowns in the preseason.
According to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com, “Lewis suffered the original injury in pregame warm-ups against the New York Jets on Aug. 17 and had been limited in practice until earlier this week. He re-injured his calf Wednesday when he tried to come off the line of scrimmage during team drills and hasn't practiced since.”
In other camp news:
This is the first game Gus Bradley will be on the sideline in the NFL as a regular season head coach. He said on Jaguars.com he was excited, but he also knows there will be butterflies as well.
“We try to calm it down the best we can, but yeah, I think it’s a nervous excitement,” he said late this past week.
As of Saturday, the team also doesn’t know for certain who will start at quarterback, with Blaine Gabbert being limited all week with a thumb injury. He is listed as questionable, as are guard Will Rackley (ankle) and running back Justin Forsett (toe).
If Rackley cannot start, look for back up Mike Brewster to get the call.