Jaguars notes after season-opening win

Ofensive line, Fournette stood out, Robinson injury the lowlight

By Sam Kouvaris - Sports Director
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Staying in Houston another night, Doug Marrone said he was keeping tabs on what’s going on in Jacksonville.  He also noted that September 11 was a particularly personal remembrance for him.  One of his teammates was in one of the towers and a close friend was a firefighter in New York, killed during the rescue.

On Allen Robinson, Marrone said,

“We all understand next man up but what I think about is how hard ARob has worked and what kind of year he wanted to have. He was set up for a great year but to sustain an injury is really a blow.” Surgery hasn’t been set for Robinson’s torn ACL.

On the offensive line:

“I was happy with the physicality and how they played.  The level of expectation will be higher going forward.”

On Arrelious Benn:

“He’s done an excellent job on special teams.  He’s somebody who we can put in the game and play.  He’s a smart player.  He can play multiple positions, slot, outside.”  Benn will get more playing time at wide receiver now that Robinson is out for the year.

On Jason Myer’s missed kicks:

“I thought Matt Overton (the long snapper) had his best game.  (Marrone played that position) “He did an excellent job.  It’s always concerning when somebody doesn’t do what they’ve done what they’ve done in practice.”  No word or whether they’ll look at kickers again this week.

Paul Posluszny played only 8 snaps on defense in the game but Marrone said it was because of what the Texans brought to the line of scrimmage on offense.

“Poz played 8 snaps but he’s giving quality plays on special teams.  They went to 11 personnel so we had to match that.  His role will be week-to-week depending on how other teams play us.”

And despite his production in his first NFL game, Marrone wasn’t ready to anoint Leonard Fournette as the starter or up his workload.

“I think you’re always concerned when you haven’t been around a player in the NFL and obviously that’s a concern for all the rookies that play. You really don’t know the anxiety of the game or what’s going to get to them or how they’re going to react. There’s just so many factors that go into it. Obviously you feel more comfortable as you see them play, so for me going forward, I just think it’s a matter of the production. As long as he has production there, as any player on our team, you continue to play and if you can keep that production level up, you can play more and more and I see that out of Leonard. But obviously, if someone is having results like that, you’d like to build upon that, but we know we have a 15-game season. We feel like we have two guys with Leonard and Chris [Ivory], they’ve given us a good solid, powerful backfield.”

 

 

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