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Eben Britton started for an injured Michael Brewster on Sunday against the Jets, but struggled in his first start since Week 7.
The Jacksonville Jaguars started Eben Britton at left guard against the New York Jets on Sunday, due to the injury to rookie Michael Brewster, and there was a noticeable difference. Britton has struggled to really fit into a position after being drafted in the second-round of the 2009 draft as a right tackle, moving to left guard and losing his starting spot to an undrafted rookie.
As Pro Football Focus points out, Britton struggled mightily against the Jets defensive line on Sunday.
Eben Britton (-5.7) has been moved to left guard and things aren't looking any rosier there. He was beaten for a sack, a hit and four hurries in this game, not to mention being flagged for a false start as he just couldn't live with the interior strength and speed of the Jets. The Jaguars line is far from a poor unit but Britton is the clear weak cog, and in this game was primarily responsible for destroying drives and the offense's chance to bring the game back.
It's not a surprise, given Britton's stuggles in the past, that he performed poorly against a good defensive line. Britton's contract is up after the season and he may not even be worth bringing back for depth purposes if he's that much of a liability in spot duty.