May 16, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Linder (65) signs an autograph for a fan during Rookie Minicamp at Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
LT: Luke Joeckel, 2013 First Round Pick
LG: A.J. Cann, 2015 Third Round Pick
C: Luke Bowanko, 2014 Sixth Round Pick
RG: Brandon Linder, 2014 Third Round Pick
RT: Jermey Parnell, 2015 Free Agent Addition
The offensive line was overhauled this offseason and it’s a good thing for Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The black hole at right tackle has been filled by 2014 Dallas Cowboys standout Jermey Parnell and Bane Zeadles finds himself replaced by a third round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft at left guard. Beadles wasn’t a major under-performer, but general manager Dave Caldwell believed he could either do better or find someone else who could. Cann can step in and play immediately.
Stefen Wisniewski was signed away from the Oakland Raiders at center and while he expects to start, I’m giving the nod to Bowanko based on the potential he displayed last season. Wisniewski is a 61 game starter and will certainly be tough competition for the young Bowanko, though. This is a position where I could certainly be wrong and it’s perfectly fine if I am because Wisniewski is a proven veteran and knows how to be successful at his position.
The biggest standout along the offensive line is Brandon Linder at right guard. He was an absolute stud as a rookie last season and he can only build on his success going forward. The Jaguars were fortunate to bring him in last offseason and I hope he has another stellar year.
Luke Joeckel is the big wild card along the offensive line. While early indications are positive, the first selection of Dave Caldwell’s tenure as general manager has been a disappointment thus far. Originally starting at right tackle and then breaking his ankle at left, Joeckel hasn’t been able to play up to weight and he hasn’t been able to get comfortable with the Jaguars yet in his young career. I like what he could do given a strong offseason of work, he just has to go out and prove it this year.
We’ll revisit all of the starters closer to the start of the season as well as we learn more about the abilities of the new additions and progress made by the young players.
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