Doug Marrone Talks Jaguars Player/Injury Updates, The Affects of the Pandemic & Team Development
Going into Week 4 Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew is averaging over 280 yards per game with a 2-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
While he may also be likely to take off for positive yards when flushed from the pocket, Minshew is a sign that the Jaguars and coach Doug Marrone need more of the focus to be on other parts of the game plan. Coach Marrone took questions in regards to plenty of other areas which were of team-related substance.
One topic brought up during the morning media session was the position of kicker. Josh Lambo has been dealing with a left hip injury since Week 2 and will be placed on injured reserve for a minimum of three weeks. A point of emphasis about how important his loss may be for the Jags: Lambo is the only kicker since 2017 to make 100% of his field goal attempts at home (44 attempts).Coach Marrone had this to say concerning his kicker’s value and his potential replacement:
“First thing is we are bringing in, obviously, some veteran kickers. We’ll know more today. I have the names, I just want to make sure that – if they’re actually on campus. We had to wait a couple days because of the protocol, and make sure that they pass it before we bring them in.” He continued. “Next thing is with Lambo. I think I don’t ever feel like he was never appreciated. I think we always knew how good he was, and consistent he was and we’ve always appreciated that. We signed him to a contract – he was voted one of the captains. So, I think from a stand-point maybe Gene (press member) where we’re sitting, the coaches and the players, we have a great appreciation for him. It’s unfortunate that he had that injury, because obviously he’s very consistent, works extremely hard. I just saw him right before I came in here. He’s off crutches, so he’s walking around. We’ll just work on rehab and try to get him back as soon as we can.”
Another player brought up during the sit-down with coach Marrone was rookie cornerback C.J. Henderson and his “swings in play”.
“It’s a difficult position to play because you got to play 60-something snaps full speed, all the time, really for a possibility of four plays. And it’s that type of mentality and he has all the ability in the world, and we have all the confidence in him. We’re just gonna keep working with him and getting him better because he can be that guy that can lock somebody down, and that’s why we drafted him.”
Much more was emphasized during the media session with the Jaguars coach. Check out the video for more from coach Doug Marrone and much more inside details on his young Jacksonville roster!