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Pederson Addresses O-Line Positions and Injury Updates for Week 5 vs. Bills

LONDON – The week's progress was good.

Head Coach Doug Pederson on Friday said that was true of multiple high-profile players as the Jaguars prepared for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Those players included left tackle Cam Robinson, rookie safety Antonio and wide receivers Zay Jones and Jamal Agnew.

A focus throughout the week has been Robinson, who missed the first four games under NFL suspension before practicing this week at the left tackle position where he started for the Jaguars from 2017-2022.

"Cam had a good week," Pederson said Friday in his final media availability as the Jaguars (2-2) prepared to play the AFC South-leading Buffalo Bills (3-1) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Sunday.

Pederson said Walker Little worked at left guard alongside Robinson this week. Little, a third-year veteran, started the first four games at left tackle with Robinson suspended after starting the final five games there last season with Robinson out with a knee injury.

"We haven't made a final determination yet there," Pederson said. "We've got one more day. Cam has done a nice job. We'll get through tomorrow and see where he's at mentally. But physically he had a good week and Walker had a good week in there at left guard.

"We'll go back and look at the tape today. Cam had a good week. We'll get through tomorrow and make sure we're all on board and comfortable making that move."

While Robinson hasn't played since his injury against Dallas last December, and while Little hasn't played a game at guard in the NFL, Pederson said he liked how the two worked together this week.

"It gives you a little more comfort knowing what we've seen as a staff," Pederson said. "We do feel comfortable with where Cam is. And maybe it's not so much Cam, but Walker kicking down a whole new position for him at this point. He has been our swing tackle a year ago and a starting left tackle the first four games. We'll see after [Saturday] where he is there."

Pederson also spoke positively of Jones and Agnew, with Jones missing the last two games with a knee injury and Agnew – the team's top kick/punt returner – missing this past Sunday's victory over the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium with a quadriceps injury.

"Both of those guys have had a real good week of preparation and practice," Pederson said. "Right now, I'm optimistic that they'll play in this game."

He added, "I think Zay will be a go. He had a good week. Hopefully, no setbacks. He should be fine."

Johnson, a fifth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft who impressed during the early part of training camp and preseason, missed the first four regular-season games with a hamstring injury.

"Barring any setbacks, we look for him to be up and active this week," Pederson said of Johnson.


  • Pederson said he doesn't expect defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot to play Sunday. The Jaguars this week opened Smoot's 21-day window to return from the Physically Unable to Perform list. Smoot has been on the list since the start of training camp because of an Achilles injury sustained last December and returned to practice this week. "We're optimistic that in the next week he'll be ready to go," Pederson said. "He has looked really good. He's really close. He had a really good week."


  • Pederson on quarterback Trevor Lawrence through four games this season: "Trevor's playing good. He's improving every week. There are probably a few throws that we learn from. He's still young – second year in our system, third year overall. He's a great leader. He's throwing the ball extremely accurately right now and seeing the field. There are things that affect that, whether it's protection breakdowns or maybe a mistiming on a route combination – things that are sometimes out of his control. But overall, Trevor has been playing really good and improving each week."

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