The Jacksonville Jaguars have still maintained that second round pick Cam Robinson is a left tackle, at least for now. Robinson worked as the team’s second team left tackle on the first day of training camp, with a handful of first team reps mixed in, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to be a back up if he doesn’t win the starting job.
Marrone seemed a little more open to Robinson changing positions going forward on Thursday after practice.
“I’m really not concerned about that right now. I think there will be a point that you have to do that,” Marrone said when asked how he can get both Branden Albert and Cam Robinson to gel on the offensive line.
“My concern right now is actually trying to find out who is the best left tackle, who are the best players. That’s what we’re trying to do here, create a competitive environment,” Marrone continued. “If someone’s not doing their job right, put someone else in there. Let’s go. That person is going to get an opportunity, but make no mistake about it, eventually we’ve got to get these guys settled in and playing together. I understand that. Hopefully it will show itself. Next week is a very difficult week. It’s five straight days, and we should have a good feel of how the players are going.”
Marrone has consistently said he’d like to know who the “best five” are by the end of next week, prior to the team heading to joint practices with the New England Patriots. At this point, the team is likely just getting a look at how Robinson does against NFL talent at the left tackle position, while also making sure Albert is in shape and able to handle the load. As mentioned a few times in the past, if the team does intend to move one of the two to guard, they’ll want to do it relatively soon so they can get those transition reps in.
The team has already alerted some players on the offensive line they’ll be bouncing back and forth, including A.J. Cann.
“We told him [Cann] to be prepared to flip back and forth, and doing so is in the best interest of putting the best five out there,” Marrone said about Cann playing left and right guard in camp. “So with the flexibility that he gives us, obviously that was a conversation with him. Be prepared for both, just get yourself ready to play.”
I would expect some movement on the offensive line through the end of next week, but by the end of next week we should know who the initial starting five offensive lineman will be. I would have to think Robinson factors into that, once they decide who the starting left tackle will be.