Jacksonville Jaguars No. 4 wide receiver Ace Sanders will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he decided to seek help instead of reporting for training camp. Sanders’s absence will give rookie Allen Robinson snaps as the team’s No.3 receiver, assuming both he and Cecil Shorts III are healthy. The Jaguars are dealing with injuries and a suspension at WR, but they have the depth to overcome that and a likely standout rookie in Marqise Lee, who can star if he can develop consistency.
According to the Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley stated that Sanders could play in the team’s final preseason game, and this would give Sanders a tune-up game before the regular season. He’ll have to sit out four games after that, but it’s still good to get him on the field and have him catch passes from Blake Bortles, who is definitely testing David Caldwell’s master plan at the quarterback position. If Bortles can start and succeed, then he has talented pass-catchers around him.
Bradley stated that he isn’t sure if Sanders will be able to play against the Atlanta Falcons in their final preseason contest, but he did say that if Sanders checks out physically and is fit to play, then the Jags will trot him out there. It remains to be seen when Sanders reports to training camp, but I have a feeling we’ll see him out there before the season opens up. He caught 51 passes last season and is a nice slot guy with speed to burn, but he’s fighting for a spot in the pecking order.