Doug Marrone, the Jacksonville Jaguars new offensive line coach, worked with Zane Beadles throughout OTAs this offseason to broaden the veteran guard’s stance.
The idea is that a wider stance will give Beadles more leverage, allowing him to hold his ground against opposition more effectively. And in training camp, Beadles will need all of the leverage he can muster to hold his ground against looming rookie guard A.J. Cann.
It’s pretty clear, up to this point, that the plan is for Beadles to start at least the first few games at left guard over the third-round rookie Cann. Beadles will enter the second year in his five-year, $30 million dollar contract after struggling at multiple times last season.
A.J. Cann, drafted out of South Carolina, enjoys the proven ability to play both center and guard positions. The Jaguars, of course, tactically chose to place Cann behind Beadles at the guard spot. The idea is that the younger, more athletic Cann will light a fire under the sixth-year veteran.
Some fans hold onto hope that Cann will flash too much potential for the team to detain him from the starting spot. Moving into training camp, however, the job is still very much Beadles' to lose.
But if Beadles can’t, A.J. Cann.