Jacksonville Jaguars right tackle Luke Joeckel, who was the second overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, is hoping to play in Saturday’s preseason game after missing last week with a hip injury. There is no question the Jaguars would like to see the rookie get some work in during the preseason to better prepare him for what lies ahead during the regular season.
“I feel good – I feel ready to go,” Joeckel said, according to Jaguars.com.
If Week 1 started today, Joeckel would be suiting up for sure. However, with it still only being the preseason the Jaguars are not willing to rush anything. Obviously, they would like to see him get some playing time under his belt. However, his overall health is far more important. As of right now, Joeckel will remain a game-time decision for the team’s third preseason game, which will come against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Ideally, today (Thursday) would have been to go out there and have him get some practice reps on the field but we were unable to do that, so we best utilized him to lock it in mentally and we’ll see how it goes,” head coach Gus Bradley said, according to Jaguars.com. “He’s not going to be playing as much as the first group but we would like to see him play.”
Joeckel had been the starting left tackle for Texas A&M since his freshman year. He concluded his college career by winning the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top blocker in four conferences) after the 2012 season. He also protected the blind side of Heisman Trophy Award winner Johnny Manziel.