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Jeremy Maclin Will Be Playing
Maclin is set to return after missing time last season to an ACL injury. The fifth-year receiver has had trouble staying healthy in his career, but when he’s in the lineup, he’s a legitimate threat with every touch.
Maclin will play across from second-year cornerback Dwayne Gratz. Gratz is physical but will have his hands full with Maclin, who has decent size (6’0”, 198 lbs), speed and reliable hands.
Cecil Shorts Still Not 100 Percent; Allen Robinson Participates in Full
According to John Oehser of Jaguars.com, the Jaguars' top receiver, Cecil Shorts, sat out Thursday nursing a tight hamstring. Shorts has had nagging hamstring injuries over the offseason, and I wonder if there isn’t a chronic issue there.
Luckily, per Oehser, the Jaguars got back their second-round draft choice, Allen Robinson, who should be fully ready for the Week 1 game. If the Jaguars are without Shorts, it’ll be up to rookies Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns to pick up the slack.
Denard Robinson is Toby Gerhart’s Backup
This is exciting news for Jaguars fans. Last year, Robinson was put in an “offensive weapon” role that really left him in flux in terms of a position. This offseason, the Jaguars thought that Robinson should be focused strictly on the running back position, and it’s seemed to work out.
Robinson is the anti-Gerhart—where Gerhart is slower but powerful, Robinson is flashy and elusive. Robinson is the perfect change-of-pace option for Gerhart and could be dynamic on the field.