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Marrone on Robinson: "We'll see how it goes"


JACKSONVILLE – Cam Robinson's injury is a sprain.

That's comparatively good news for the Jaguars, but Head Coach Doug Marrone on Monday said he had few specifics beyond that regarding the team's rookie starting left tackle.

Robinson, a second-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, sustained an ankle injury on the Jaguars' first offensive play in a 27-0 victory over the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday.

Robinson, who started the first seven games of the season, did not return to the game.

"We'll just see how it goes when he comes back," Marrone said Monday during his next-day media availability at EverBank Field. "They just told me, 'sprained ankle.' We'll see how it goes the next couple of days, and we'll see how it goes when he starts putting weight on it."

The Jaguars on Sunday also were without rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who sustained an ankle injury against the Rams the previous Sunday. A third rookie, wide receiver Dede Westbrook, has been out since being placed on injured reserve days before the Jaguars' regular-season opener; Westbrook is eligible to return November 5 against Cincinnati.

The Jaguars have been without center Brandon Linder the last three weeks because of an illness.

The Jaguars have their bye week this week, with meetings and strength and conditioning planned for the next three days. They are scheduled to be off Thursday through Sunday and return to practice next Monday to begin preparing to play Cincinnati.

"I'd like to get them back," Marrone said of the injured players. "I'll wait until Monday when they prove that they're out there and nothing crazy happens."

Also on Monday:

*Marrone discussed running back T.J. Yeldon's nine-carry, 122-yard, one-touchdown performance Sunday. Yeldon, a second-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, had been inactive in the first six games of the season and played Sunday in Fournette's absence. "I think it makes you look at things," Marrone said of the impact of Yeldon's performance on his game-day status moving forward. "Where are we on backs? What's the situation? Where are we on special teams?" …

*Marrone said newly-signed kicker Josh Lambo could improve his kickoffs. Lambo, who replaced Jason Myers last week after Myers' release, converted three of three extra points and two of two field goals (33 and 42 yards). He had two touchbacks Sunday and the Colts returned his second-half kickoff from the goal line to the Indianapolis 36. "At least two of them that they were getting the ball at three-point something seconds," Marrone said. "That's not giving us enough time to cover. I mentioned to him, 'We know what you need to work on, and that's kickoffs.'" …

*Marrone said he would like to see the offense continue Sunday's improvement on third downs and making big plays, and he said the team needs to improve ball security after two giveaways Sunday. He said the focus defensively will remain on a run defense that has struggled at times – "We want the total package" defensively, he said – and that special teams must create more opportunities in the return game. …

*Marrone discussed the play Sunday of quarterback Blake Bortles, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 330 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Bortles had 282 yards passing at halftime, at which time he had passes of 52, 50 and 45 yards. His longest completion of the season entering the game was 35 yards. "I thought he felt very secure in the pocket even though he was under pressure at times," Marrone said. "I think it shows when he does have the time and he's able to sit back there and we can get the routes vertically down the field we can make those plays and get guys open." …

*Marrone said coaches graded half of the team's 10 sacks Sunday as "coverage sacks," and again credited the secondary as a huge part of the team's league-leading 33 sacks through seven games. "I've never seen a lot of sacks from a team that can't cover well," Marrone said. "Any time you can take progressions away, it helps."

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