May 28, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard A.J. Cann (60) holds a blocking pad during OTAs at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
2) A.J. Cann, Guard, Third-Round Pick, Jacksonville Jaguars
A.J. Cann is in a position battle with Zane Beadles for the starting left guard spot. While I personally believe Beadles has the upper hand and will likely fend off the rookie in the end, it is still important to keep an eye on Cann and see if he can muscle his way to the starting role based almost solely on his raw athleticism.
That isn’t to say that Cann can’t be a polished guard who can use technique and mechanics to win on the offensive line. He certainly can, but he’s just not on the same level as Beadles in terms of polish.
How Cann handles himself in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers is going to impact his battle with Beadles. While certainly not the definitive effort to unseat the established veteran, it is important for Cann to show that he can implement some of the things he has been learning during training camp and still show that aggressive approach to the game that helped him excel in college.
Cann’s efforts may have the most impact of any rookie for the Jacksonville Jaguars in this game. He is in a position to become a starter and he’ll be working to show that he can be one in the NFL. Keep an eye on him to see how he fares. Compare him to Beadles through the game.
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