The Jacksonville Jaguars have been trying to figure out what to do with their starting offensive line, primarily at the center and right guard position. The team picked Brandon Linder out of Miami (FL) in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he's been thrust into a competition for the starting right guard position.
"He got a lot of reps on the first team. Jacques [McClendon] did too, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told reporters after Monday Night's practice at Bartram Trails High School.
"We got some other guys in there too. Marcel [Jensen] was in there with the ones. I told you that's our plan: try to get Chris Smith in there with the first group as an LEO end. So we're going to get those young guys in there and give them opportunities. Linder got quite a few."
As mentioned, the real battle on the Jaguars offensive line will be at the starting center and right guard spots, with the latter appearing to be a battle between Linder and McClendon. McClendon joined the Jaguars last season off waivers and was bounced on and off the active roster seemingly weekly.
"It's going back and forth. You'll see Jacques play guard and maybe some center," Bradley said, when asked if Linder had an edge with the first team. "You'll see him move around a little bit just to see the best match-ups or to see the best guys in there."
The starting position isn't likely to be cemented until sometime in the preseason, as I'm sure the Jaguars will give both players some time with the starting unit.