Jaguars Place Pasztor On IR
Sunday's victory over the New York Giants came at a price for the Jaguars as starting right tackle Austin Pasztor ruptured his hamstring and was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2014 season.
It's still up in the air whether Jacksonville will go with Josh Wells, who played much of Sunday's game in place of Pasztor or Sam Young at right tackle.
“Wells did a pretty good job when he stepped in," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "The reason why we had him up over Sam Young is because of his flexibility. He could play left tackle and right tackle. Sam does a good job at right tackle so we’ll talk more about that but it will be one of those two.”
Pasztor's roster spot was taken by linebacker A.J. Edds, a former fourth-round pick of the Dolphins who has been a journeyman.
Marqise Lee Stepping Up
Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee has had a tough start to his career. After being the Jaguars highest draft pick at his position, Lee played his way out of the wide receiver rotation in favor of fellow second-round pick Allen Robinson and undrafted rookie Allen Hurns. Even journeyman Mike Brown saw more snaps than Lee, as he struggled running routes and lacked some effort early on in the season.
With Allen Robinson down for the season and Cecil Shorts almost constantly battling some sort of injury, Lee has been inserted in the lineup and he's made the most of his newfound opportunity.
In the last two weeks Marqise Lee has nine receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
“I mentioned to you that he’s had a couple of good weeks of practice but I think last week’s performance it happened faster," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "I was talking to him about it and I said you own this now. You’re on a little bit of a role and you understand what it takes. He felt like the number of plays he had last week and then having some success was really good for his spirit and good for his mind and to come in this game and build on that, that’s really good for him and for us.”
Lee had a huge catch on the Jaguars' game-winning drive and he looks like the speedy deep threat he was touted to be out of USC.
"I think we are trying to figure out more and more and see what Marqise does well and some of our guys. That was good and it ended up benefiting us," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said.
It may be out of desperation, but Marqise Lee is going to get a bigger role in the Jaguars offense.
Winnable Games On The Schedule
There's still time for the Jaguars to improve upon their 4-12 record from last season.
Although it's debatable whether or not that's the best thing for the franchise in terms of the best possible draft pick, it's tough to see wins as losses.
Three of the Jaguars four remaining opponents are inside the mediocre AFC South including a home game this Sunday with the Houston Texans. After traveling to Baltimore a week from Sunday in a game which the team will be sizable underdogs, Jacksonville returns home to face the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night football, December 18th. The team concludes it's regular season on December 28th at Houston.
Three of those four games are legitimately winnable for the Jaguars and with that they can potentially move out of the Top 10 of the draft.