To help get through the boring NFL offseason, we're going to attempt a series of breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars 90-man roster. This is obviously subject to change with Dave Caldwell's wont to churn the roster and I'm sure that trend will continue going forward. Nevertheless, we'll start going down the roster sheet in alphabetical order and touch on why a player might improve, or regress and their chances of making the roster.
Next up, offensive guard Zane Beadles.
The Jaguars received some criticism for the signing of Beadles in free agency because he hasn't been a consistent player for the Denver Broncos. He had a nice season in 2012, making the Pro Bowl, and looked as if he'd finally turned the corner in his NFL career, but his play tapered off and became inconsistent again in 2013.
Originally a second round pick of the Broncos in 2010, the 27-year old offensive lineman has been up and down with his performances. The first two years of Beadles career however is that he was playing with some bad quarterbacks and guys who had a tendency to take sakes, cause their own pressure and hold on to the football. When Peyton Manning arrived, Beadles had his breakout season but came crashing back down to Earth last year. The Jaguars hope they can get more of 2012 than 2013.
Why he might improve:
Beadles hasn't hit his peak yet, as far as age for an interior offensive lineman so he can still develop some consistency in his game that will put him closer to his 2012 form than his 2013 form. Realistically however, as long as he's not downright terrible at the left guard position it's an improvement for the Jaguars. Beadles knows his situation is stable with the Jaguars going forward with a good player next to him at left tackle in a zone blocking scheme, so unlike his first few seasons in the NFL, he knows what he's getting into.
Why he might regress:
As mentioned, outside of the 2012 season Beadles has been an up and down player at the left guard position. It's hard to take a lot away from his 2010 and 2011 seasons however, given the situation at the quarterback position and how tough it is to block for a player who plays quarterback completely randomly. With a stable quarterback he improved, but then regressed. It's possible Beadles could just always be an inconsistent player.
Chances of making the final roster:
Beadles is 100 percent a lock to make the Jaguars final roster. The team handed him a massive contract in free agency to play next to Luke Joeckel on the left side of the offensive line and assist in what the team hopes is a healthy rushing attack in 2014.