Houston vs. Jaguars Game 6 Oct 21st Texans_Digital - Page 80

Next up, the Houston Texans – a division rival at TIAA Bank Field that has won three straight games to get to 3-3. Win it, and things feel much better around here. Post an L, and you’re falling behind as the halfway point draws near. A crossroads indeed. Offense The Jaguars executives, coaches and players will not use injuries as an excuse as a reason for the issues the last two weeks. “I think it’s easy to see or easy to say or easy to stand up here and talk about the ‘woe is me’ aspect of injuries, I really do,” Marrone said on Monday. “I think when you look around the league, you see a lot of them here and there. Maybe not as many at a position or one side of football, but at the same time, there has to be some sort of rally, meaning that whatever those clichés are … The common one is ‘next man up.’” “Next man up” is correct, but let’s review what has happened to decimate the Jaguars offense over the last few weeks. AP AP IMAGES Images Last week alone, the Jaguars placed three offensive players on the reserve/injured list, including left tackle Josh Wells, running back Corey Grant and tight end Austin Seferian- Jenkins. Add them to starting wide receiver Marqise Lee who was injured in the preseason and starting left tackle Cam Robinson who are done with knee injuries, and what the team envisioned as the offense at the start of the season changes a bit. Starting running back Leonard Fournette has played in only the fi rst half of two games so far while battling a hamstring injury, and the Jags could use his presence to get closer to their identity. Tight end Niles Paul injured his knee in the fi rst quarter last week in Dallas and could likely see missed time as well. The Jaguars are on their third left tackle of the season in Josh Walker, who made his fi rst career start last week in his fourth NFL season. The Jaguars signed Ereck Flowers as another potential player at the tackle position after he was cut by the New York Giants. The rest of the offensive line has been battling through nicks the last few weeks.