MONROE, SMITH, RACKLEY RETURN
Monroe, the Jaguars’ starting left tackle, participated in practice on Saturday, as did linebacker
Monroe, who sustained a hit to the head in practice on Wednesday, August 15, was cleared in a concussion test Friday, head coach Mike Mularkey said.
“It stinks not being able to play,” Monroe said. “I had to heal up. I’m good now and ready to get back to work. I can’t wait. Seeing the progress that the team is making, that the offensive line is making – it’s promising. I want to be a part of it.”
Smith said he doesn’t know if he will play against Atlanta on Thursday, but he worked in team and 7-on-7 drills Saturday. He said he doesn’t doubt he will play in the regular-season opener.
“I’m working my way back in,” Smith said. “I’ve been staying in it in meetings and helping the younger guys,” Smith said. “Now, it’s getting out there and actually doing in working my way to full speed.”
Rackley said he participated in team and 7-on-7, and Mularkey said he wasn’t quite back to 100 percent.
“It felt good today,” Rackley said. “It was good to finally get back out there.”
With Monroe back, Mularkey said the starting offensive line this week will be Monroe at left tackle,
“It’s really the first full week of what we think is our starting offensive line working together,” Mularkey said.
UP TO MJD
Mularkey said he can’t predict the future.
He also said it’s difficult to comment on what he doesn’t know, which is why he can’t give a final date on when
Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, has been holding out since the start of training camp. Jaguars owner Shad Khan and general manager Gene Smith have said they don’t plan to renegotiate his contract.
If/when Jones-Drew reports, how much and how soon he will play, Mularkey said, “depends on him, really – what kind of shape he’s in, how fast he picks up the system.”
“I’m not going to put him in a position where he has any chance to fail, because in the long run we all fail,” Mularkey said. “I’m not going to expose him to failure. It’s just not going to happen. I’ve never gone through this process with any player at any position, so I don’t know where we are with that.”
Mularkey said Jones-Drew does not have a playbook, and when/if he does return, he must go through a three-day process without pads before he can practice full or play.
Mularkey said that means for now,
“If there was a game today, he’d be in the starting lineup,” Mularkey said of Jennings.
“He (quarterbacks coach Greg Olson) is just an incredible teacher, and very patient in everything he does. He’s very passionate and very intelligent. He’s exactly what I foresaw when we hired him. Based on the interview process, I knew exactly what we were going to get. I sit in the meetings with the quarterbacks. There’s a lot of information that goes to them that’s very easy to take in and transfer to the field.”
“(Wide receiver) Justin (Blackmon) is doing a great job. He’s finding ways to get open, making plays after the catch and he’s doing good things with the ball in his hand.”
The Jaguars will practice Sunday then return to practice Monday as they prepare for the preseason finale against the Falcons Thursday night at EverBank Field.
*Mularkey said the Jaguars will work with receivers this week on making plays with defenders in their face. He said after Thursday’s game that the rest of the receivers needed to do what Blackmon has been doing in terms of making plays on the ball given the opportunity. Mularkey said there were plays to be made by the receivers Thursday that could have been made. “It’s not like it’s a lack of trying, or lack of effort,” Mularkey said. “They would have been Top 10 plays on ESPN if we had made some of those catches, but we expect that. They expect that of themselves.”
*While wide receiver
*The Jaguars released eight players on Saturday morning: cornerback Ashton Youboty, wide receiver Chastin West, quarterback Nathan Enderle, running back DuJuan Harris, linebacker Nate Bussey, cornerback Mike Holmes, linebacker Donovan Richard and offensive tackle Dan Hoch. The team now has 82 players and must reduce the roster to 75 by 4 p.m. Monday. The team will then reduce the roster to 53 on Friday, August 31.