JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars will be without an important rookie for a while.
Quincy Williams, a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, is expected to miss the preseason with a slight tear in the meniscus in his right knee. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the news Thursday afternoon, and the team confirmed it shortly thereafter.
Head Coach Doug Marrone told his weekly radio show Williams may be ready for the 2019 regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field September 8.
"Our expectation is that he'll be ready for the first game," Marrone said.
Williams, who played collegiately at Murray State University, had been working with the starters at weakside linebacker throughout Jaguars 2019 Training Camp. Telvin Smith, the Jaguars' starting weakside linebacker since 2014, is on the team's reserve/retired list.
Williams has impressed during '19 camp, showing good instincts to the ball and impressive speed. Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone earlier this week called Williams the team's fastest player.
Also on Thursday, rookie tight end Josh Oliver left practice with Marrone said was a hamstring injury.
"I'll probably have a better feel of the timeline [Friday] after the MRI," Marrone said.