AFC South: Todd Wade

Jags continue O-line work, add Naeole

September, 17, 2008

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky


The Jaguars continue to give themselves options at guard after losing both Maurice Williams and Vince Manuwai for the season as a result of injuries they suffered against the Titans on opening day.

Today they brought back veteran guard Chris Naeole. The 12th-year veteran had spent the past six seasons in Jacksonville after signing as an unrestricted free agent on April 8, 2002. He was released on March 3 of this year. Naeole spent his first five NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Naeole, 33, missed the final eight regular-season games last season after suffering a quadriceps injury at New Orleans Nov. 4 and being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 6. He had started all eight games before the injury at right guard and had started all 87 games played for the Jaguars. The former first-round pick out of Colorado in 1997 has started 150 of his 154 career games.

They had a roster spot for Naeole after cutting receiver D'Juan Woods who's now back on the practice squad. The team also added linebacker Lamar Myles to the practice squad, releasing offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan.

Last week the Jaguars added veteran Todd Wade but said he was a few weeks away in his recovery from an ankle injury. He is listed as the backup to Milford Brown, who started at right guard in the Week 2 loss against Buffalo after joining the team early in the week.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky


Todd Wade is a few weeks away. The Jaguars are willing to wait.

A day after adding two veteran interior linemen to replenish depth, Jacksonville put guard Maurice Williams (biceps) on IR and signed Wade, who participated in a part of practice.

"Todd has a situation where he's got an ankle that'll be a little while, we understand that, but it was an opportunity to acquire him ahead of some other teams that were waiting on the ankle to heal up," Jack Del Rio said. "So we understand he has that but we're going to work him as we can into practice."

The Jaguars' info on Wade:

Wade, 31, spent the past two seasons with the Washington Redskins before being released in final cuts on Aug. 30. The 6-8, 314-pound offensive lineman has started 96 of his 99 career games while with Miami (2000-03), Houston (2004-05) and Washington (2006-08). The ninth-year veteran was originally selected by Miami in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Mississippi. He will wear jersey No. 70.

He's played predominantly right tackle and will likely battle with Charles Spencer, also coming off an injury, to be the primary backup to starting tackles Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos.

The Jaguars now have backups starting at both guard spots and center, with only center Brad Meester in line to return this year. Without surprisingly good performances from guards Uche Nwaneri and Tutan Reyes, the Jaguars high hopes could be undone by their offensive line injuries.