After suffering a scare with one rookie wide receiver injuring himself on the practice field, the Jaguars announced on Monday that their other rookie wide receiver will be on the shelf for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.
Allen Robinson suffered the injury while participating in the team’s first OTA of the week. It's unclear, according to Big Cat Country’s Alfie Crow, if Robinson was injured during practice today or tweaked it another way, but it appears the Jaguars are going to be careful with Robinson and keep him out a few weeks. It's a smart move, because hamstring injuries can tend to linger. It's not terribly important for Robinson to be on the field during OTA practices, though he's missing time working with Coach Jerry Sullivan, it's better for him to get healthy.
Last week, Marquis Lee suffered a jammed wrist, but has been cleared and returned to practice at full speed. The two rookies, along with first round draft pick, Blake Bortles, are expected to be the future pass/catch combination for the team.
Robinson declared for the draft out of Penn State after his junior year in Happy Valley. The Jaguars traded back into the second round to select the 6’3” receiver.
Joeckel back at full speed
Luke Joeckel is moving forward.
Now that he has worked to rehab his surgically repaired right angle it’s time for the left tackle to show he is ready to wipe his rookie campaign from memory and make 2014 his inaugural season.
"I’ve really never been hurt in football," Joeckel said. "The last time I was hurt was sophomore year in high school. Never missed a game or a practice in college. You get kind of negative about it all, but once you get back and really once you’re able to start working out again, that’s when you start feeling good.”
The irony about Joeckel’s injury was when he got hurt in the game against the Rams, he had just moved over to the left side after Eugene Monroe was traded to Baltimore. For less than one quarter in the Rams game, Joeckel was in his natural position.
Joeckel will team with Luke Pasztor on the right side to give the Jaguars to solid players on the outside of the line. The interior line of left guard Zane Beadles, right guard Brandon Linder and center Mike Brewster will all be counted on to solidify the Jaguars running game.
Shorts excited about OTA workouts
The happiest player on the Jaguars roster may be Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts.
After leading the franchise in receiving the past two seasons with little help, the fourth-year pro from Mount Union is happy to see Robinson and Lee added to a roster that includes Ace Sanders and Mike Brown.
It is also an exciting feeling for Shorts to be healthy again after two seasons where injuries cut his play short – no pun intended.
“It’s kind of a new feeling, because I haven’t felt this way in a long time,” Shorts said on Jaguars.com early this week during Jaguars 2014 organized team activities, which continue Tuesday with the fifth of 10 scheduled OTA practices at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields,”
Shorts is fully healthy as the Jaguars go through OTAs. He’s focused on staying that way – maybe more than at any point not just in three NFL seasons but in his football career.