The Jacksonville Jaguars have revamped quite a few positions on their roster heading into the 2014 NFL season, but one that will be completely different is the offensive line. The Jaguars will have four completely new starters from what they had to end the 2013 season and the lone returning starter, Austin Pasztor, has a lot to prove still going forward.
The projected starting lineup for the Jaguars offensive line in 2014 is the following:
|Left Tackle||Left Guard||Center||Right Guard||Right Tackle|
|Luke Joeckel (22)||Zane Beadles (27)||Michael Brewster (24)||Brandon Linder (22)||Austin Pasztor (23)|
As you can see, the projected starting lineup has just a single player over the age of 25 and outside of Zane Beadles, just 30 total starts under their belt as a whole. The average age of the projected starting lineup is 23.6 years old, making it the second youngest offensive line in the the entire NFL.
Luke Joeckel - 5 starts
For the most part however, we don't know exactly what we're going to get from the projected starting offensive line that the team will trot out on to the field and we likely won't know until at the earliest the end of the NFL preseason. Joeckel was the No. 2 overall pick last season, but started just five games before breaking his ankle. In his five starts, all but one at right tackle, he was up and down and looked as you'd expect a rookie to look.
Joeckel played just 280 snaps in 2013 with only 12 on the left side, where he'll be starting this upcoming season. For the season he gave up just three sacks (according to Pro Football Focus) and 11 quarterback hurries. As mentioned he showed some flashes on both sides, including a very promising first start at left tackle against Robert Quinn and was holding his own until he snapped his ankle just 12 snaps into the game.
Zane Beadles - 62 starts
The oldest and most experienced player on the Jaguars offensive line is new free agent acquisition Zane Beadles. Beadles started 62 games for the Denver Broncos after being selected in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Jaguars hope the veteran can anchor an inexperienced offensive line and bring some more consistency to his game. Beadles has show flashes of being dominant, but for the most part in his career his play has been up and down.
Michael Brewster - 15 starts
Michael Brewster is someone who's showed versatility as a backup and spot starter, playing both center and guard. While he's started 15 games in his NFL career, all of those have been at the guard position and he's only played center in the preseason, which has been a mixed bag. The biggest question surrounding Brewster's game is his overall strength, which has been his downfall at the center position, which at times has to go against big nose tackles, especially in a division where every other team runs a three-man defensive front. It's likely that Brewster will have competition from sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko and Patrick Lewis for the starting job.
Brandon Linder - 0 starts
The Jaguars traded up into the third-round of the 2014 NFL Draft to pick Brandon Linder, which presumably puts him in the drivers seat for the right guard position. I have to be perfectly honest and say I don't know much of anything about Linder outside of that he's played both right guard and right tackle for the Miami Hurricanes and seemed to be better on the interior than at tackle. Linder will have some competition from Drew Nowak and others for the right guard spot, however.
Austin Pasztor - 15 starts
Pasztor was thrown into the starting lineup after the injury to Luke Joeckel and Eugene Monroe being traded to the Baltimore Ravens. For the most part, Pasztor did well in his 12 games at the right tackle position, giving up just five sacks per PFF, and had a hell of a game against Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt in both match ups. Pasztor will likely be battling with Cameron Bradfield for the right tackle position, but given his play and his run blocking on the right side he should have the upper hand.