When Luke Joeckel went down with a sprained ankle against the Panthers last weekend, we were once again reminded of how thin the Jaguars are at left tackle.
Sam Young replaced Joeckel and played out the final two quarters. Young's performace was far less than stellar, leaving many to wonder if the Jags would implement any changes during the week.
One of the more talked about options has been the application of Luke Bowanko into a tackle postion. After Luke lost his starting center role in training camp, Gus Bradley introduced the idea of Bowanko playing a little of the tackle position as well as back-up center.
It was a topic that resurfaced this week.
"He's a guy that has put together a really good week and I think our confidence is growing with him at the tackle spot," Bradley stated on Thursday.
In a situation where Bowanko absorbs a tackle position, the plan would be to move Jermey Parnell to the left tackle spot and put Bowanko at the right tackle postion.
Still, this scenario would only unfold in an "emergency situation," as Gus Bradley put it.
Luke Joeckel's chances of playing against the Dolphins on Sunday increase with each passing day, but are still somewhat slim. The Jaguars still seem to believe that Sam Young can get the job done, and he will definitely start on Sunday should Joeckel not be able to go.
If Young really struggles, however, I don't think it's that unreasonable to go ahead and give the Bowanko-tackle experiment a try. If he's had a good week in practice at the position, he should be ready to go if his number is called.