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, a frustrating stretch that forced him to work harder and be more patient.He always felt like he would get another shot. He didn¡¯t expect it to be this week.But with Leonard Fournette missing practice because of a strained right hamstring, Yeldon is getting the majority of practice repetitions and preparing to carry the load Sunday against the New England Patriots (1-0).¡°Whenever my number is called, I¡¯ll always be ready to get into a rhythm and go,¡± Yeldon said. ¡°I really don¡¯t have a problem with that.¡±More Jacksonville Jaguars newsJaguars expect DE Yannick Ngakoue¡¯s holdout to be short-livedJaguars rookie safety Zedrick Woods submits retirement paperworkJalen Ramsey says Jaguars don¡¯t plan to give him contract extension this seasonJaguars sign former UCF running back Taj McGowan for added depthJaguars QB Nick Foles to miss OTAs for undisclosed ¡®personal reason¡¯While many outsiders believe there¡¯s a huge drop-off from Fournette to Yeldon, the Jaguars (1-0) insist there¡¯s only a marginal difference between the two. It¡¯s a big reason the old-school, run-first team kept only three running backs ¡ª Fournette, Yeldon and change-of-pace speedster Corey Grant ¡ª on the 53-man roster.Fournette tweaked his hamstring in the first half of Jacksonville¡¯s season opener at the New York Giants. He sat out practice Wednesday, and coach Doug Marrone said the plan is for him to do the same Thursday.Marrone said Fournette will go through tests Friday to see whether he¡¯s able to play in a rematch of the AFC championship game.Jacksonville is likely to be cautious with Fournette, the centerpiece of the team¡¯s offense. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Fournette ran for 1 Corey Grant Jersey
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, safety Tashaun GipsonConley started 34 of 53 games in four seasons with Kansas City, totaling 104 receptions for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns. He also played with Foles in 2016.Conley started 13 games last year, finishing with 32 catches for 334 yards and five scores. He missed 11 games in 2017 because of an Achilles tendon injury.A third-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Conley tied the record at the NFL combine for the highest vertical jump (45 inches) by a receiver.Conley says ¡°this is a tremendous opportunity. Playing with someone you know is one thing, but seeing the talent that we have here in Jacksonville on defense and the talent we have on offense, it¡¯s huge.¡±The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Ogbuehi started 25 of 35 games in four seasons with Cincinnati. He was the 21st overall pick in the 2015 draft.Ogbuehi fills a huge need created when Jacksonville released veteran Jermey Parnell in a cost-cutting move. The Jaguars didn¡¯t have a starting-caliber right tackle on the roster and had been expected to draft one with the seventh overall pick next month.Ogbuehi should give them the flexibility to consider other options in the first round.