Jacksonville Jaguars: Austin Pasztor

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday that rookie quarterback Blake Bortles continues to progress in his development throughout OTAs, and the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran writes that the third overall pick agrees with his coach.

"It's coming [along] really good, meeting every morning with [offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch] and having Chad [Henne], Ricky [Stanzi] and Stephen [Morris] to bounce stuff off of," Bortles said. "Just getting the reps is obviously the best way for me to progress -- be on the field, watch Chad do it, and then get the opportunity for me to do it."

Bradley said that Bortles is beginning to show the kind of poise needed to lead a team on the field.

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The Jaguars have sold 65 percent of the new cabana seats for the season, writes the T-U's Vito Stellino.

O'Halloran also writes that right tackle Austin Pasztor, who had offseason shoulder surgery, says he'll be ready to go for training camp.

NFL.com's Dave Dameshek and others draft an All-AFC South team.

CBS announced its broadcast teams for the 2014 season. Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts are the network's No. 2 team.

The daughter of former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell won the Miss Alabama competition and will be competing in the Miss America pageant.
Which player should the Jacksonville Jaguars take with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft? That’s a question that GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley are trying to answer before the first round on Thursday. Not that they’re asking, but I’m here to offer some help. Every day until the first round I’ll argue for a certain player. We're going to go with the caveat that each of the players is available when the Jaguars make their selection.

Today I make the case for offensive tackle Greg Robinson. Tuesday we'll be making a trade.

Way back in March, during the media breakfast at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was asked how he would rank the positions in order of importance to build a franchise.

Quarterback, obviously, was No. 1. But then Bradley, who has always coached on the defensive side of the ball, said the next most important position was offensive line. Then pass-rusher and cornerback.

If the Jaguars aren’t taking a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick, then following Bradley’s rankings they should take an offensive tackle. And the best, according to most experts and analysts, is Auburn’s Greg Robinson.

There’s a compelling argument for Robinson, even though the Jaguars drafted offensive tackle Luke Joeckel second overall in 2013.

Taking the 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson to play right tackle would solidify the edges of the offensive line for years. Austin Pasztor, who started 12 games at right tackle in 2013, could move to right guard and shore up a spot that was a weakness last season. The team signed Zane Beadles in free agency and installed him as the starter at left guard, so the only position that would be questionable is center, where third-year player Mike Brewster goes into camp as the starter.

There’s no arguing that Robinson is one of the best players in the draft. He’s also one of the most athletic non-skill position players as well. His 4.92-second 40-yard dash and 113-inch broad jump were the best among all offensive linemen. Though Robinson needs to improve his footwork, technique and his hand use, he is fast, tough strong, and a very good run-blocker. Nearly every draft analyst believes he’s going to become a franchise left tackle.

They said the same thing about Joeckel last season, so that would give the Jaguars two young, bookend tackles and the beginning of a dominant offensive line -- and remember, it’s much easier for a young quarterback’s development to operate behind one of those than to be worried about getting hit all the time.

There is a precedent for building an offensive line with a pair of high draft picks at offensive tackle. The San Francisco 49ers took Joe Staley with the second of their two first-round picks in 2007 (28th overall) and he has started 98 games at left tackle. Three years later, San Francisco took Anthony Davis with the 11th pick and he has started every game since at right tackle.

The 49ers’ offensive line is a big reason Colin Kaepernick has had such success so quickly.

The same thing would happen in Jacksonville if the Jaguars took Robinson.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Taking an offensive tackle in the first round for the second year in a row is a real possibility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to a league source, Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews visited the Jaguars last week and he is one of the players who general manager David Caldwell may target with the No. 3 overall pick on May 8.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Matthews -- the son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews -- spent last Thursday at the Jaguars’ facility. It was an under-the-radar visit by one of the draft’s top prospects, who at one point was regarded as the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Most draft analysts have Matthews rated behind Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, who was among the 16 players who visited the Jaguars during the week of April 6-11, but he still is projected to be a top-10 selection.

"With Jake Matthews’ pedigree and his ability, he could be the best value in the draft that nobody’s talking about," the league source said.

If the Jaguars were to take Matthews, it would reunite him with his former college teammate Luke Joeckel, whom the Jaguars took with the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft. It also would give the Jaguars the chance to solidify the edges of the offensive line for years. Though Matthews played left tackle as a senior, he spent his first three seasons playing at right tackle while Joeckel started at left tackle.

The Jaguars certainly aren’t one player away from making a run at the playoffs, and while their needs at pass-rusher, quarterback and receiver are more pressing than right tackle, this is a draft deep on offensive talent. The Jaguars spent most of their 2013 draft picks on defense, and Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have said this year’s draft would be more focused on offense. There are no other elite offensive tackles outside of Robinson and Matthews but the Jaguars can find quality receivers and quarterbacks in the second and third round.

There is a precedent for building an offensive line with a pair of high draft picks at offensive tackle. The San Francisco 49ers took Joe Staley with the second of their two first-round picks in 2007 (28th overall) and he has started 98 games at left tackle. Three years later San Francisco took Anthony Davis with the 11th pick and he has started every game since at right tackle.

Adding Matthews also would allow the Jaguars to move Austin Pasztor, who started 12 games at right tackle in 2013, to right guard and shore up a spot that was a weakness last season. The team signed Zane Beadles in free agency and installed him as the starter at left guard, so the only position that would be questionable is center.

Bradley said last week that third-year player Mike Brewster is the No. 1 center but he’ll be pushed by several players -- including Patrick Lewis, another former Texas A&M player whom the Jaguars claimed off Cleveland’s practice squad last December.

The Jaguars have been transparent and open regarding their visits, so the secrecy surrounding Matthews’ visit is intriguing. If they are indeed interested in taking Matthews, keeping his visit quiet may have been an attempt to keep teams that also may be considering offensive tackles -- Buffalo, Atlanta and Oakland -- from making a move to trade up. If Houston were to take Robinson with the No. 1 overall pick -- unlikely, but not out of the question -- and those other teams knew the Jaguars were going to take Matthews at No. 3, they may try to work out a trade with St. Louis, which has the No. 2 pick.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars begin offseason conditioning on Wednesday. There is minimal on-field work allowed and only strength and conditioning coaches are allowed on the field, so there's not much football coaching going on.

But this is the first look at the 2014 Jaguars. They'll look a lot different after next month’s draft, but here’s an early look at the offensive depth chart. The defensive depth chart will appear Tuesday:

Henne
Quarterback

Starter: Chad Henne.
Reserves: Ricky Stanzi, Matt Scott.

The Jaguars are going to draft at least one quarterback, but the job belongs to Henne. GM David Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley have said they don’t want a rookie quarterback to play right away. They want him to take the time to learn the game while not having to worry about winning games each week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Stanzi the second active quarterback for the first part of the season.

Gerhart
Running back

Starter: Toby Gerhart.
Reserves: Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson, Delone Carter.

Gerhart was signed to replace Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars believe he can be an every-down back. He’s never done it at the NFL level, though he was a beast at Stanford, so there’s an element of uncertainty. The plan is 15-20 touches per game. The player everyone is watching is Robinson, who struggled holding onto the ball last season. This will certainly be a make-or-break offseason for him. Expect the Jaguars to draft a back as well.

Fullback

Starter: Will Ta’ufo’ou.
Reserves: Shaun Chapas, Bradie Ewing.

The Jaguars claimed Ewing in late March. He was a fifth-round pick of Atlanta in 2012 but missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL. He played in two games last season before being placed on IR with a shoulder injury. The fullback wasn’t really involved in the offense in 2013. That may change if the talent level improves.

Lewis
Tight end

Starter: Marcedes Lewis.
Reserves: Danny Noble, Clay Harbor, Brandon Barden.

Lewis really came on in the last third of the 2013 season and should be a 50-catch guy in 2014. Harbor is a flex tight end and is better used off the line of scrimmage. Noble had the big catch-and-run against Arizona but otherwise was a blocker. This position needs another weapon, but it’s probably not going to be that high of a priority in the draft.

Wide receiver

Starters: Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders.
Reserves: Mike Brown, Kerry Taylor, Chad Bumphis, Stephen Burton, Tandon Doss, Jeremy Ebert, Lamaar Thomas, Stephen Williams.

This is a position the Jaguars are sure to address in the draft as well. Outside of Shorts, Sanders and Brown, the Jaguars have little experience and not much production. Justin Blackmon is still suspended and the Jaguars aren't counting on anything from him. Doss had more success as a kick returner than receiver in Baltimore and that's likely to continue in Jacksonville. The Jaguars need a big, physical receiver as well as someone who can demand double teams and free up other receivers to make plays. They could find all of that in Sammy Watkins at No. 3.

Offensive line

Starters: LT Luke Joeckel, LG Zane Beadles, C Mike Brewster, RG Will Rackley, RT Austin Pasztor.
Reserves: OT/G Cameron Bradfield, OT Sam Young, C Matt Stankiewitch, G Jacques McClendon, G Stephane Milhim, G Drew Nowak, OT DeMarcus Love.

The question marks are Brewster and Rackley because they’re going to have to hold off challenges from guys already on the roster, as well as any rookies. The Jaguars nearly landed Alex Mack in free agency but when the Cleveland Browns matched the Jaguars’ offer sheet, Brewster inherited the starting job. Caldwell and Bradley publicly said they have confidence in Brewster, a third-year player from Ohio State who suffered a fractured ankle in Week 15, but that was before they signed Mack to an offer sheet. Rackley struggled last season, but he deserves credit for playing much of the season with a knee injury. Expect the Jaguars to draft a center and a guard and bring in several undrafted free agents to compete at those spots. Bradfield started 25 games at right and left tackle but also can play guard, which makes him a valuable reserve.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars right tackle Austin Pasztor signed his one-year tender offer for $570,000 on Thursday, which gives him another season to prove that he can be a reliable starter.

He got a good start on that last season. Pasztor became the Jaguars' starting right tackle when GM David Caldwell traded Eugene Monroe to Baltimore after the fourth game of the season. Pasztor started the final 12 games and Caldwell said after the season that he felt pretty good about Pasztor and Luke Joeckel being the team's starting tackles in 2014.

Pasztor signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2012, was cut by the Vikings just before the season began, was claimed by the Jaguars and started three games at guard. He entered the 2013 season as an extra lineman.

Locking in Pasztor for the 2014 season gives the Jaguars three-fifths of their starting offensive line. It's still unclear who is going to play right guard and center. The Jaguars are expected to sign center Alex Mack to an offer sheet on Friday, but the Cleveland Browns can match the offer.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell is close to putting together what could become a pretty good offensive line.

Provided the Cleveland Browns don't match whatever offer the Jaguars are expected to make to center Alex Mack on Friday, of course.

Mack
If the Jaguars are able to land the Pro Bowler, Caldwell will have put together a group of players that has a chance to become the team's best offensive line in more than a decade. The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Mack is a significant upgrade from Brad Meester, who retired after the 2013 season, physically and has shown he's adept at handling the myriad of disguised fronts and looks defenses are using.

The Jaguars added Pro Bowler Zane Beadles (6-4, 305) in free agency and installed him as the starter at left guard, lining up alongside second-year tackle Luke Joeckel, the No. 2 overall pick in 2013. Joeckel (6-6, 306) played in only five games, four at right tackle and less than a half at left tackle. He did show a lot of promise in the short time he was on the left side, keeping St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, who had 19 sacks last season, at bay.

When Joeckel moved from right tackle to left tackle following Eugene Monroe's trade to Baltimore, first-year player Austin Pasztor stepped into the starting job at right tackle and held onto the job for the rest of the season. The coaching staff likes the 6-7, 308-pounder and is excited about his potential as a long-term starter.

The only question mark is what the team will do at right guard. The Jaguars released Uche Nwaneri last month and could move left guard Will Rackley, who started 12 games last season, into that spot. The Jaguars also could try Mike Brewster, Jacques McClendon or Cameron Bradfield there as well, or draft a guard in the middle rounds.

Another possibility -- which seems unlikely at this point -- would be for the Jaguars to draft Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews at No. 3 and slide Pasztor to right guard.

Even taking the uncertainty at right guard into consideration, the Jaguars' new-look line has the potential to be pretty formidable over the next several seasons, as long as Joeckel continues to develop and Mack and Beadles continue to play at a Pro Bowl level.

The Jaguars haven't had a truly dominant offensive line since the 1999 season. That group was anchored by left tackle Tony Boselli, generally recognized as the best left tackle in the game at the time, and right tackle Leon Searcy. Ben Coleman, Zach Wiegert and Rich Tylski were the guards and John Wade started every game at center.

The '99 team didn't set any rushing records but long-time Jaguars observers consider that the best offensive line in team history. The Jaguars did go 14-2 that season and lost to Tennessee in the AFC Championship game.

The potential lineup in 2014 and beyond has a chance to be better than any group the Jaguars have had in the last decade. At the very least it's pretty much a guarantee that newly-acquired running back Toby Gerhart is going to be spending a large amount of time running behind the left side.
ORLANDO -- Fourteen Jacksonville Jaguars received performance-based incentives of more than $100,000, led by rookie safety Josh Evans.

Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida in 2013, was thrust into a starting role because Dwight Lowery sustained a concussion in a Week 3 loss to Seattle. Evans was expected to spend the season in a reserve role but instead ended up playing 653 of a possible 1,016 snaps (64.3 percent). That additional playing time earned him $181,381.06 to bring his total compensation for 2013 to $437,205.

Performance-based pay compensates players whose playing time was much higher than what their salary would have paid. Players whose base salaries are very low -- which is usually low-round draft picks and undrafted free agents –--stand to earn the most money under the program.

In addition to Evans, the following players earned more than $100,000: offensive tackle Austin Pasztor ($175,996.58), offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield ($155,588.53), receiver Mike Brown ($142,384.82), cornerback Will Blackmon ($134,617,61), cornerback Alan Ball ($129,120.82), receiver Ace Sanders ($127,592.32), safety Winston Guy ($112,796.88), cornerback Mike Harris ($110,352.63), fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou ($108,097.31), safety Johnathan Cyprien ($108,018.59), receiver Cecil Shorts ($104,795.99), cornerback Demetrius McCray ($104,681.44) and tight end Clay Harbor ($102,227.69).

On the other end of the spectrum was running back Delone Carter, who received $182.17.

Jaguars players received a total of $3.46 million in performance-based pay, which is the league limit for each team. However, the players will not be paid until April 1, 2016.
Cameron Bradfield

Position: Offensive tackle

Type: Restricted

Summary: He played in a career-high 15 games and started 11 games at left tackle. He became the permanent starter after Luke Joeckel suffered a fractured ankle in Week 5 against St. Louis.

Why keep him: He’s an experienced player (38 games, 25 starts) who can play both right and left tackle so he provides good depth. Plus, he turns 27 in September.

Why let him go: Joeckel and Austin Pasztor project to be the starting tackles and the team may opt to find a younger, cheaper alternative to Bradfield. He has obviously proved he can start in the league and another team may give him a much better offer than the Jaguars are willing to match.

Best guess: He re-signs and gives the Jaguars quality depth.

Free-agency series: Offensive line

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Here is the fifth of a 10-part series breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars' free-agency needs, position by position:

Offensive line

Who is on the roster: OT Cameron Bradfield, G/C Mike Brewster, OT Luke Joeckel, C Patrick Lewis, OT DeMarcus Love, G Jacques McClendon, G Stephane Milhim, G Drew Nowak, G Uche Nwaneri, OT Austin Pasztor, G Will Rackley, and OT Sam Young.

Joeckel
Analysis: Injuries hurt the unit early in the season and really impacted it late. The group struggled in the transition to a zone-blocking scheme early in the season as well, which is why the Jaguars finished the first eight games last in the NFL in rushing. Joeckel, whom the Jaguars took with the No. 2 overall pick, spent the first four weeks of the season at right tackle before moving to his natural spot at left tackle following the trade of Eugene Monroe. He played less than a quarter against St. Louis before suffering a fractured ankle, but he was handling Robert Quinn (who finished with 19.0 sacks) pretty well before he got hurt. His injury forced Bradfield and Pasztor into the lineup, and Pasztor played surprisingly well. The team is encouraged by his potential. The biggest issue is the interior of the line. Brad Meester retired, so the Jaguars need a center. Nwaneri was solid at right guard, but left guard was an issue because Rackley played hurt all season and the Jaguars could never generate much push in the middle of the line.

NFL free agents of interest: C Alex Mack, C Ryan Wendell, C Brian De La Puenta, G Jon Asamoah, G Geoff Schwartz, and G Rich Ohrnberger.

Need meter: 9. After quarterback and leo, the interior of the offensive line is the Jaguars’ biggest need. GM David Caldwell has said the team would like to address that in free agency, and it would be a surprise if the Jaguars didn’t sign at least two starters, including a center, within the first few weeks of free agency. It’s unlikely the Jaguars would target the big names that are available, mainly because of cost, but if those players linger on the market and the price drops, the Jaguars would get involved. Even though Joeckel is talented and seemed to thrive in the very limited time he spent at left tackle, there are still questions about him, so the Jaguars might opt to add some experienced depth at tackle. Competition for roster spots on the line will be among the more interesting training camp battles.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock falls in line with most of the other draft analysts: He sees the Jaguars going quarterback or pass-rusher with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

But, as Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union writes, there's no slam dunk among the quarterbacks, so what the Jaguars do depends on how much GM David Caldwell grows to like one of the QBs over the next several months.

"Do they fall in love with one of those three quarterbacks, and is he available at three?" Mayock said. "That's the first question. The second need after quarterback becomes an edge rusher. At three, depending on the quarterback situation, if their guys isn't there [Jadeveon] Clowney or [Khalil] Mack makes a ton of sense to me."

Mayock also had several other things to say about the Jaguars during a conference call on Tuesday. He said offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is one of the league's better young quarterback coaches, likes right guard Austin Pasztor, and said the Jaguars also need to address the interior of the offensive line.

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If the Jaguars do want to draft a quarterback, they apparently will only have to worry about what the Houston Texans do with the top pick in the draft. St. Louis coach Jeff Fischer said Tuesday that Sam Bradford will continue to be the Rams' starter, which all but assures that the Rams aren't going to take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick.

Tennessee Titans president and CEO Tommy Smith said the team is shaking things up this offseason because the status quo is unacceptable.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler lists the 10 prospects with the most to gain or lose at this week's NFL combine.

The NFL's competition committee is considering changes to the PAT, including making it longer.

Baltimore left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was acquired this past season in a trade with the Jaguars, is scheduled to be a free agent next month. He is the latest player to say there are no hometown discounts.

NFL Network's Elliott Harrison sees the Jaguars as potential suitors for free agents Jared Allen and Jason Hatcher.
With the NFL combine starting Wednesday, here's a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars' positions of need on offense and which prospects the team might be looking to take a closer look at in Indianapolis. Positions of need are listed in order of importance. A look at the defense comes Tuesday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars have a lot of holes to fill on the roster and the next part in the process comes this week when general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley evaluate, watch and interview prospects at the NFL combine.

Here's a breakdown of what the Jaguars need, in order, on offense and some potential targets:

Quarterback: There's no question this is the Jaguars' top need, although pass-rusher is only slightly behind. Caldwell wants to re-sign Chad Henne before free agency begins next month, but Henne is a bridge player or someone who can mentor a young quarterback and begin the season as the starter if the rookie isn't ready. The Jaguars haven't completely given up on Blaine Gabbert, either, but he's entering the final year of his contract and it would be surprising if he were re-signed after 2014.

Potential targets: Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Aaron Murray.

Interior offensive line: The Jaguars have to find a center to replace the retired Brad Meester and a left guard to upgrade from Will Rackley. The Jaguars will address this area in free agency as well but the team also wants to add some young talent. The Jaguars appear set at both tackles (Luke Joeckel and Austin Pasztor) and right guard Uche Nwaneri has two more years remaining on his contract. He's scheduled to make $4.775 million in each year, though, and could be a cap casualty after 2014. Mike Brewster and Jacques McClendon can play guard and center but neither appears, now anyway, to be the long-term answer. It wouldn't be surprising if the team took an interior offensive lineman in the third round, especially if the Jaguars took a quarterback earlier.

Potential targets: G Gabe Jackson, G David Yankey, G Brandon Thomas, C Marcus Martin, C Weston Richburg, C Russell Bodine.

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Stephen Morton/AP PhotoThe Jaguars need to find a feature back in the event they do not re-sign Maurice Jones-Drew.
Running back: The Jaguars are more than likely going to lose Maurice Jones-Drew in free agency, which leaves them with Jordan Todman, Denard Robinson, Delone Carter, and Justin Forsett on the roster. Forsett is likely going to be cut, but even if he's retained none of those players is a feature back. The Jaguars don't need to invest a high pick at this spot because good backs can be found in the later middle rounds.

Potential targets: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Jerick McKinnon, Tre Mason, Lache Seastrunk, Dri Archer, Andre Williams.

Receiver: The Jaguars aren't planning on getting anything from Justin Blackmon in 2014 because they don't yet know his status, which is the correct way to approach his situation. Cecil Shorts is entering a contract year but has yet to stay healthy for a full season. Ace Sanders, Mike Brown, Kerry Taylor, Lamar Thomas, and Stephen Burton are complementary players. The Jaguars need to find a bigger, physical receiver. If they do that in free agency, this area drops to the bottom of the offensive needs list.

Potential targets: Josh Huff, Odell Beckham Jr., Davante Adams.

Tight end: Marcedes Lewis came on strong at the end of the season and he should be a 50-catch player in Jedd Fisch's offense if he stays healthy. After Lewis, though, there isn't much. Clay Harbor is a flex tight end but he's a free agent and the Jaguars will have to decide if they want to re-sign him. Danny Noble is raw and needs more work. The Jaguars want a bigger tight end who can line up next to Lewis in two-tight-end formations.

Potential targets: Marcel Jensen, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Crockett Gilmore, Jake Murphy.

Jacksonville Jaguars mailbag

February, 8, 2014
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In this series, Michael DiRocco counts down the 10 plays that shaped the Jacksonville Jaguars' season.

Play No. 9: Joeckel goes down

Situation: Second-and-1 from the St. Louis 48-yard line.

Score: Jacksonville leading 7-0.

Time: 3:50 remaining in the first quarter.

Joeckel
DiRocco’s take: Luke Joeckel lasted less than a quarter at his natural position. The No. 2 overall pick began the season at right tackle because the Jaguars already had a left tackle in Eugene Monroe. Joeckel moved to left tackle after GM David Caldwell traded Monroe to Baltimore days before the Jaguars’ game at St. Louis. Early returns were positive, because Joeckel limited defensive end Robert Quinn, who finished the season with 19.0 sacks, on the Jaguars’ first three drives. On the second play of their fourth possession, however, Joeckel got his right leg caught underneath him in a pile and suffered a fractured right ankle that ended his season. Joeckel wasn’t devastated, but pretty darn close. He was so excited to return to his natural position and had admitted that he didn’t quite feel right playing right tackle. The silver lining is that the injury happened early enough that Joeckel is expected to be completely healthy by the time OTAs begin in April.

Season impact: With Joeckel’s injury, the Jaguars were suddenly down to their No. 3 and 4 tackles forced into starting roles for 11 games. Cameron Bradfield, who started 12 games at right tackle in 2012, moved to left tackle. Austin Pasztor went in at right tackle and played solid football, showing Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley he deserves a chance to prove he can become a fixture at the spot. The offensive line played better in the second half of the season than it did in the first half as it adjusted to the zone-blocking scheme and mixed in more man-blocking schemes.

Quote: "That was probably the hardest part. I finally get to live my dream, play left tackle in the NFL, and got less than a quarter and then this happens. You know, God puts you in these situations, and the only thing you can take from it is to get stronger. Just got to call on Him, call on the people that are really important in my life that’ll help me through this, and come back better and stronger from all of it." -- Joeckel
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here are highlights from the weekly Jaguars chat. You can find the full transcript here.

Joeckel
Sidney Deane (Crenshaw): Any word on Luke Joeckel's recovery from the ankle injury? Did you see enough from him to be confident in penciling him in as the starting LT next season?

DiRocco: He is progressing on schedule and is expecting to participate in OTAs in April. I liked what I saw from him in the few plays he had at left tackle but that's not enough to be convinced he's a stud. He'll have to prove himself again this season.

Tom (Jax, FL): Please tell me that you agree that the Jags shouldn't waste a pick on an RB with the top 3-4 rounds. RBs are just a dime a dozen in this league and can easily be found in later rounds. With the short life span of RBs these days, they need to go get talent on the DL and OL.

DiRocco: I agree with you for the most part, but it would be tempting if a guy like Tre Mason was sitting there in Round 3 to take him.

Billy Hoyle (Watts): Did Austin Pasztor play well enough to warrant the starting job at RT? Would be nice to build some continuity on the OL and that would be one less position to address during the offseason.

DiRocco: He played well enough to earn the chance to go into camp as the starter and become the clear-cut starter. His development gives the Jaguars the option not to address that position if they don't want to in the draft or free agency. They could get by with him as the RT for another year.

Junior (Sizzler): Caldwell and Bradley talked at length about "establishing a culture." What exactly does that mean? Is it a legitimate goal and step in the process or simply a way to keep the focus off of W's and L's?

DiRocco: That means establishing a certain way of doing things, like the way the players study in meetings, the tenor in the meetings, the attitude in the locker room and weight room. Basically establishing, and excuse the cliche, the Jaguars Way. Their point is that by doing that, it's a formula that leads to wins.

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