Thursday, October 3, 2013
RTC: Time for Luke Joeckel to develop
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars general manger Dave Caldwell wouldn't have traded left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens if he wasn't convinced Luke Joeckel was ready to step in.
Now Joeckel has to hold up his end of the bargain and begin becoming the elite player the Jaguars envisioned when they took him with the No. 2 overall pick in last April's NFL draft, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
Other than the first four games of this season, Joeckel has always played left tackle. He said he doesn't anticipate a long transition as he settles back into the spot because he's much more comfortable there than at right tackle.
Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:
The T-U's Vito Stellino writes that the Jaguars are hoping the return of receiver Justin Blackmon will jump-start the offense. Blackmon was suspended for the first four games because he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran gives three storylines to watch in his weekly Three And Out feature. One of the more interesting things he discusses is how Blackmon's return could help rookie receiver Ace Sanders.
The Jaguars announced that they've reached an agreement with Jacksonville city officials to pay $20 million of the $63 million needed for stadium improvements, which include two giant video scoreboards and an interactive area with a pool. The city will pay the remaining $43 million from a hotel bed tax.