- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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General manager Gene Smith and the Jaguars have been about foundation building the past couple years.
BrittonThe offensive line foundation isn’t in great shape right now.
Right guard Uche Nwaneri has received mediocre reviews, at best, so far in camp, and right tackle Eben Britton has even worse buzz. And, according to Tania Ganguli, Britton had a minor procedure done on his back during the last week that will keep him out for the remainder of the preseason.
He’s expected to be ready to return for the season opener Sept. 11 against Tennessee.
Undrafted free-agent Daniel Baldridge out of Marshall is listed as Britton’s backup. Veteran backup Guy Whimper, who played a bit for the Jaguars last year, is backing up Eugene Monroe on the left side and can flip over.
The team has the salary cap flexibility to seek a better veteran option as insurance. New Orleans just released Jon Stinchcomb, who’s played nine years.
Meanwhile, as Pete Prisco pointed out on Jacksonville radio today, the left side of the line, which was not supposed to be as strong as the right, appears in good shape with a very fit Monroe at tackle and rookie Will Rackley at guard.