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Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 training camp preview: Offensive tackles


The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line as whole was a mess in the 2012 season, but in the 2013 season the addition of Luke Joeckel on the outside should significantly improve the tackle situation. Guy Whimper was released from the squad, so the depth is a bit different than last season as well.

The Players

Eugene Monroe
Ht 6-5 Wt: 306
Age: 26 Exp: 5
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 left tackle

Eugene Monroe returns as the Jaguars starting left tackle despite the selection of Luke Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick. Monroe settled in last year as a top tier left tackle, despite the overall poor play of the Jaguars offensive line. He ranked in the Top 10 for left tackles by Pro Football Focus' grading scale and if he can continue that form in 2013 could be rewarded with a brand new contract.

Camp Outlook: Monroe will enter camp and should exit camp as the team's No. 1 left tackle.

Luke Joeckel
Ht 6-6 Wt: 306
Age: 21 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Starter, No. 1 right tackle

The Jaguars picked Joeckel with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft with the intent to start him opposite Eugene Monroe. The team presented studies on how the league is moving more towards two "elite" offensive tackles and wanted to get on the forefront with two young stud tackles. In theory it makes sense, but it will be interesting to watch if the team keeps Joeckel at the right tackle position.

Camp Outlook: Joeckel will enter camp as the starting right tackle and shouldn't have any problems holding the position.

Cameron Bradfield
Ht 6-4 Wt: 308
Age: 25 Exp: 3
Start of Camp Status: Backup, swing tackle

Cameron Bradfield is a classic case of sample size gone wrong. Bradfield looked like a promising offensive tackle after filling in for spot duty in 2011 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and holding his own, but after being inserted as a regular starter at the right tackle position he struggled week to week. Bradfield is still useful however as a backup swing tackle, which is probably his best position.

Camp Outlook: Bradfield should enter and exit camp as the team's primary offensive tackle backup.

R.J. Dill
Ht 6-7 Wt: 310
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup, swing tackle

The Jaguars picked up R.J. Dill in undrafted free agancy and is a big body at the position. He has the height and length that NFL teams want in an offensive lineman, but the real key will be seeing how he handles speed rushers and if he can handle playing on both sides of the offensive line.

Camp Outlook: Dill will be battling for a roster spot, but if he can show the ability to at least be serviceable he has a shot at being the secondary swing tackle backup.

Roderick Tomlin
Ht 6-5 Wt: 300
Age: 22 Exp: R
Start of Camp Status: Backup, offensive line

Like R.J. Dill, the Jaguars picked up Roddy Tomlin in undrafted free agency but he might not wind up as an offensive tackle when everything is all said and done. Tomlin made a statement in the Raycom All-Star Game during the draft process and even held his own against the Florida State pass rushers his final season with Murray State.

Camp Outlook: Tomlin will be battling for a roster spot, but he could be versatile enough to play all over the offensive line which should increase his chances of making the final roster or the practice squad.

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