The Jacksonville Jaguars entered training camp with Michael Brewster penciled in as the starting center on the offensive line. The way events unfolded however, it could be rookie sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko who gets the starting nod in Week 1.
The funny thing about that is, Bowanko is who the Jaguars selected in the 2014 NFL Draft with the draft pick they received from the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Bowanko started out with the backup offensive line working at right guard and center, but a combination of the poor play of Brewster and Jacques McClendon led to the coaching staff trying different combinations, which included two rookies on the interior.
"(Luke) Bowanko, he’s showed his athleticism. He’s struggled a little bit just bracing maybe because of the ankle or the knee, but he’s showed some athleticism," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said on Sunday. "His consistency, you saw it today, just centering. We need some better snaps. That consistency, he’ll do it for the most of the time. For us, he’s got an upside. We like his athleticism, we like his toughness, but the consistency is the coaching point for him."
On Sunday in practice it appeared Bowanko was getting reps with the first team offensive line and if he starts on Friday against the Atlanta Falcons, he'll most likely be the team's starting center on opening day. It's a little bit of a concern that essentially three of the Jaguars starting offensive line are rookies (considering Joeckel), that could lean to why the team is opting to go with veteran quarterback Chad Henne over rookie Blake Bortles.