Jaguars Notebook: With Overton hurt, four long snappers try out

With long snapper Matt Overton likely headed to the injured reserve list, the Jaguars worked out four players on Monday.

 

In for tryouts were Ryan DiSalvo (San Jose State), Andrew East (Vanderbilt), Drew Ferris (Florida) and Colin Holba (Louisville).

None have appeared in a regular season game.

Overton dislocated his right shoulder while covering a punt during the second half during Sunday’s 20-17 overtime victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. After Overton was forced out of the game, fullback Tommy Bohanon handled the snaps for punts and guard/center Tyler Shatley for the place-kicking. Coach Doug Marrone indicated that they are still awaiting Overton’s medical evaluation before the Jaguars make a final decision on whether to place him on IR.

Rule concerns coach

Wide receiver Allen Hurns showed a lot of toughness in crawling off the field after he was injured to save a timeout.

Hurns made a six-yard catch and the play was completed with 46 seconds remaining. He left the field of play with 38 seconds on the clock and the next play was snapped at the 30-second mark. Had Hurns been unable to get off the field, the official’s stoppage would have cost the Jaguars a 10-second run-off because they were out of timeouts.

“That’s a rule I get concerned about, I really do,” Marrone said. “I struggle with that rule. … You don’t want to put a player in further jeopardy from the injury standpoint.”

The rule was created so teams couldn’t buy extra timeouts by feigning an injury.

Asked about Hurns’ status (right ankle), Marrone said he doesn’t anticipate him playing this week.

Omameh’s status

Though Patrick Omameh started at left guard on Sunday against the Chargers, he was held out from playing in the second half and was replaced by Shatley.

Marrone said Omameh wasn’t performing at the level needed because of his knee injury and they decided to make a change. Omameh was limited throughout last week’s practices and was listed as questionable to play against the Chargers on the Jaguars’ final injury report.

Favorable schedule

The Jaguars’ next three opponents are a combined 13-21. Jacksonville travels to play the Cleveland Browns (0-9) on Sunday followed by another road game at Arizona (4-5) on Nov. 26 before hosting the Colts (3-7) on Dec. 3 at EverBank Field. The Jaguars (6-3) won’t play a team with a winning record until Dec. 10 when they host the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) on Dec. 10. The Seahawks are second in the NFC West behind the Los Angeles Rams (7-2).

The Jaguars are tied for first in AFC South with Tennessee. The Titans play AFC North-leading Pittsburgh (7-3) Sunday before traveling to play at Indianapolis (3-7) on Nov. 26 and hosting Houston (3-7) on Dec. 3. The Jaguars will travel to play the Titans in the regular season finale on Dec. 31. In Week 2, the Jaguars lost to the Titans 37-16 at home.