Earlier on Wednesday, we noted that the Jacksonville Jaguars may be a poor team, but their offense is worthy of some praise. However, Wednesday’s injury report out of Jacksonville suggested that their offense could be severely limited this week.
The Jaguars’ top two receivers—DJ Chark and rookie Laviska Shenault Jr.—both missed practice due to injury. Chark did not finish Sunday’s game against the Texans due to an ankle injury, while Shenault is currently listed with a hamstring issue.
Shenault was the Jaguars’ second-round pick this season, and he has already assumed a lot of different roles for their offense. He’s lined up on the outside, in the slot, and even in the backfield. On Wednesday, Lions head coach Matt Patricia noted just how much of a weapon he can be for opposing defenses.
“ I think (head) coach (Doug) Marrone has obviously done a great job of utilizing him with (offensive coordinator Jay) Gruden and putting him into some different packages that have allowed him to be successful,” Patricia said. “I think it just, obviously, puts a tremendous amount of stress on the defense to try to figure out exactly what player he is. Is he a wide receiver? Is he a running back? Is he a gadget guy? He can play wildcat quarterback. So, you spend a lot of time, defensively, trying to figure that out.”
However, with both players potentially out, the Jaguars offense could be severely limited this Sunday. Instead, we may see Jacksonville rely heavily on slot receiver Keelan Cole or veteran Chris Conley—both of whom have tallied over 190 receiving yards through five games.
The Lions full injury report isn’t out yet, but they may be short handed defending Jacksonville’s receivers. Veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant reportedly missed Wednesday’s practice after leaving Week 4’s game against the Saints with a hamstring injury.