HOUSTON | The Jaguars will return to Jacksonville on Tuesday after remaining in Houston following Sunday’s 29-7 season-opening victory against the Texans because of Hurricane Irma’s impact on Jacksonville.
In a statement released by the franchise, “In consideration for the safety of our players, coaches and staff, the Jaguars will return to Jacksonville (Tuesday) morning. Our thoughts continue to be with our city and the safety of our fans and all those affected by Hurricane Irma.”
On Monday, the Jaguars held their team and positional meetings at the team hotel’s ballrooms and they went to a nearby YMCA to get in their weight- lifting work.
The Jaguars announced last week in advance of their opener that that they would remain in Houston on Sunday night before re-evaluating their travel options on Monday.
Although Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, it caused extreme surge levels on the St. John’s River that led to flooding downtown and other parts of Jacksonville. The Jaguars are scheduled to play their home opener this upcoming Sunday at EverBank Field against the Tennessee Titans, who lost to the Oakland Raiders 26-16 on Sunday.
“Our prayers and thoughts are on everyone in Jacksonville,” rookie offensive lineman Cam Robinson said.
The Jaguars are coming off one of the most dominant opening game performances in franchise history. They were physically superior and had 10 sacks and rookie running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 100 yards on 26 carries in his debut game.
Although their game week routine has been altered somewhat by having to stay two extra nights in Houston, middle linebacker and captain Paul Posluszny said they won’t have a problem jumping back to their normal preparations once they return to Jacksonville.
“The main thing is when they gave us the schedule, we follow it,” Posluszny said. ”Obviously we would like to be home right now, but we’re flexible and we can adapt to whatever situation they give us. Today (Monday) we’ll have meetings and go over everything from this previous game and then start looking forward to the next (game).”