JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars will do some juggling up front Sunday.
They’ll do so with some significant youth.
With defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and offensive tackle Cam Robinson ruled out with injuries shortly before kickoff, the Jaguars announced that two players with no NFL experience – Josh Allen and Will Richardson Jr. – will make their first starts in the 2019 regular-season opener.
The Jaguars play the defending AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
Allen, the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, will start at end in place of Pro Bowl end Calais Campbell. Campbell will start at three-technique tackle in place of Dareus, who was ruled out shortly before the game with an elbow injury. Allen had worked as a reserve throughout preseason and training camp.
Richardson, a fourth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft who missed his rookie season with shoulder and knee injuries, will start for Robinson. Richardson – who competed with A.J. Cann for the starting right guard position in preseason – never has played left tackle professionally or in college. He will start at left tackle because in addition to Robinson backup left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is out with a hamstring injury. Robinson sustained a knee injury Thursday in practice.
The Jaguars enter Sunday’s game with both starting offensive tackles never having taken an NFL regular-season snap. Rookie second-round selection Jawaan Taylor will start at right tackle.
Also inactive for the Jaguars Sunday: Wide receiver C.J. Board, running back Devine Ozigbo, linebacker Austin Calitro and tight end Josh Oliver.