2013 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp preview: Guards and Centers

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The Jacksonville Jaguars interior offensive line shouldn't be much different than it was for the 2012 season. The biggest addition to the position group will be getting back Will Rackley, who missed the entire 2012 season with an injury. It was a position group that was plagued by injuries the past few seasons, but if all can stay healthy it could be a strength of the offensive line.

The Players

Brad Meester
Ht 6-3 Wt: 292
Age: 36 Exp: 14
Start of Camp Status: Starter, center

Meester returns to the Jaguars for his 14th season in the NFL and quite possibly his swan song in the league, but he's still an important part of the offensive line. Meester's play has started to decline a bit, but his intelligence and line calls are still going to be important for the team for at least one more season.

Camp Outlook: Meester will be the Jaguars starting center in 2013, barring injury.

Uche Nwaneri
Ht 6-3 Wt: 310
Age: 29 Exp: 7
Start of Camp Status: Starter, right guard

Nwaneri has been one of the better players on a woeful Jaguars offensive line the past two seasons, but has always struggled with consistency. Nwaneri struggled with that even more so in 2012 playing on an injured knee the entire season, having clean up surgery on it during the offseason. If Nwaneri is healthy, he should get back to being a good player in the Jaguars interior.

Camp Outlook: Nwaneri will be the Jaguars starting right guard in 2013, barring injury.

Will Rackley
Ht 6-3 Wt: 310
Age: 23 Exp: 3
Start of Camp Status: Starter, left guard

Rackley has been plagued by injuries early in his career, but if he's fully healthy he should help solidify the interior of the offensive line. I was expecting Rackley to make a big jump in his second season after struggling mightily as a rookie.

Camp Outlook: Barring injury again or just a disaster at the position, Rackley should be the starting left guard.

Mike Brewster
Ht 6-4 Wt: 305
Age: 23 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: backup, center and guard

Brewster joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent last season, considered by most a great signing and proved his versatility on the field, filling in at multiple spots due to injuries. Brewster eventually took over as the starting left guard and despite being a bit smallish for the position, handled it about as best he could.

Camp Outlook: Brewster should leave training camp as the Jaguars top interior backup lineman, at all three positions.

Jason Spitz
Ht 6-3 Wt: 298
Age: 30 Exp: 8
Start of Camp Status: backup, center and guard

I'll be honest, I forgot Jason Spitz was on the Jaguars roster. Spitz signed with the Jaguars in 2011, but hasn't been a factor at all and likely isn't in the team's plans. Spitz can play all three interior offensive line positions, but has dealt with injuries during his time with the team.

Camp Outlook: Spitz has an uphill battle to make the final 53-man roster and will need to beat out some young promising players.

Drew Nowak
Ht 6-3 Wt: 300
Age: 23 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: backup guard

Nowak joined the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent defensive tackle in 2012, but due to injuries at the offensive line position and depth at the defensive tackle position, he was switched to offensive guard. To everyone's surprise, Nowak looked good at the position during the preseason and likely would have made the final roster if it wasn't for landing on injured reserve.

Camp Outlook: Nowak will have to show the same displays of dominance he showed briefly last season to make the roster, but he's got a shot at the final 53.

Austin Pasztor
Ht 6-7 Wt: 308
Age: 22 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: backup guard

Pasztor was signed late in the 2012 season due to injuries at the position and was thrown into the starting lineup. He performed admirably and might be worth holding on to, to develop.

Camp Outlook: Pasztor has a chance to be an active game day backup and make the final 53-man roster if he can show what he did in 2012.

Stephane Milhim
Ht 6-5 Wt: 315
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: backup guard

The Jaguars brought in Stephane Milhim as an undrafted free agent, who will compete for a backup job on the interior of the offensive line.

Camp Outlook: Milhim has a shot to make the practice squad if he shows the team he's worth developing during the preseason.

Mark Asper
Ht 6-7 Wt: 325
Age: 27 Exp: 2
Start of Camp Status: backup guard

Asper joined the Jaguars in 2012, when they team was picking up lineman as they were injured, trying to fill roster spots. The Jaguars are his third stop in the NFL so far.

Camp Outlook: Asper has an uphill battle to make the final roster.

Dan Gerberry
Ht 6-3 Wt: 302
Age: 27 Exp: 1
Start of Camp Status: backup center

A late addition, Gerberry is likely going to be fighting for the backup center role as Brewster can double as a guard or center. He's spent most of his career on the Lions practice squad.

Camp Outlook: Gerberry will really need to impress to make the Jaguars roster and/or practice squad.

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