The Jags added competition at these positions with the additions of Cann and Wisniewski, but who ends up starting where? Will Beadles step up and play like he's paid? Should be fun to watch when the pads are on.
Here's a blurb from DiRocco's ESPN jag-blog on Beadles getting some love from Marrone:
"He’s been outstanding," Marrone said. "A lot of times you think, 'Hey, this is a player that’s played quite a bit or played X amount of games; what you see is what you get,' but that has not been the case. I’ve seen him progress rapidly actually between Day 1 and Day 2. "
It’s not like Beadles was the only Jaguars lineman who struggled in 2014. The Jaguars averaged just 102.1 yards per game rushing (21st in the NFL) and gave up a franchise-record and league-worst 71 sacks. Granted, not all of those sacks belong to the offensive line, but the majority did, and that was a factor in how poorly rookie quarterback Blake Bortles played at times.
But Beadles was supposed to be the anchor of the line. The Jaguars gave him a five-year, $30 million contract after four seasons in Denver, and that’s why his performance was so disappointing.
The Jaguars signed center Stefen Wisniewski, who also can play guard, to a one-year, prove-it deal and drafted 6-foot-3, 313-pound A.J. Cann in the third round. That’s a pretty clear message that the interior of the line needs to play better.
I think we'll see Wiz at center because he knows Olson's system but Bowanko has a decent chance as well.
The Beadles/Cann battle is tougher to call and might come down to Beadles having to go out each week and play well enough to keep the rookie off the field.