JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone indeed is sticking to the plan.
That means the Jaguars for a second consecutive 2019 preseason game are expected to hold out more than a quarter of their roster when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason home opener at TIAA Bank Field Thursday at 7 p.m.
Marrone, the Jaguars’ head coach, told media Tuesday he likely would follow much the same playing-time plan against the Eagles as he implemented in a 29-0 preseason-opening loss at Baltimore last Thursday.
Quarterback Nick Foles and 26 other Jaguars players are expected to be held out of the Eagles game. The Jaguars held 30 players, including Foles, out of the loss in Baltimore.
Jaguars offensive players not expected to play Thursday:
Foles, wide receivers Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and Tyre Brady; running backs Leonard Fournette and Ryquell Armstead; left tackle Cam Robinson; left guard Andrew Norwell; center Brandon Linder; right tackle Jawaan Taylor; and tight ends Josh Oliver, Geoff Swaim and Charles Jones. Lee, Brady, Armstead, Robinson, Norwell, Taylor, Swaim, Oliver and Jones were held out for injury reasons with the other players coaches’ decisions.
Jaguars defensive players not expected to play:
Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and D.J. Hayden; safeties Cody Davis and Ronnie Harrison; linebackers Myles Jack, Quincy Williams and Jake Ryan; defensive ends Lerentee McCray, Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue; and defensive tackles Abry Jones and Marcell Dareus. Davis, Ryan, WIlliams and Dareus were held out for injury reasons with the other players coaches’ decisions.
Jaguars rookie sixth-round quarterback Gardner Minshew is expected to start a second consecutive game, as are rookie edge defender Josh Allen – the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft – and ’18 first-round defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Starting safety Jarrod Wilson, 2017 third-round defensive end Dawuane Smoot and offensive linemen A.J. Cann and Will Richardson are expected to play. Cann, Richardson and Brandon Thomas are competing at right guard.
Lee (knee) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and Ryan (remains on the Reserve/Non Football Injury list.
Three offensive players listed as starters on the unofficial depth chart are expected to play: Cann, tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and tight end James O’Shaughnessy. Strongside linebacker Leon Jacobs and Wilson are the only two defensive starters expected to play.