The Jacksonville Jaguars will have Eben Britton back in the line-up for this Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Eben has missed the first two games due to a back injury. Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times Union reported that Britton will be back, but not as the starting RT. Instead, he could be moved inside to LG. The Jaguars apparently really like Guy Whimper at RT and plan on keeping him there. Current LG rookie Will Rackley will be moved down the depth chart to allow Britton to become the starting LG. This would give the Jaguars a very solid starting O-line consisting of Eugene Monroe at LT, Eben Britton at LG, Brad Meester at C, Uche Nwaneri at RG and Guy Whimper at RT. The Jaguars believe that this will give them a better chance of protecting QB Blaine Gabbert. It makes sense to do whatever it takes to protect your franchise QB. The Jaguars will then have Will Rackley, Jason Spitz, John Estes, Cameron Bradfield and Daniel Baldridge as back-ups.
Eben Britton has practiced all week in both the RT & LG positions. Moving him inside to LG would help in pass protecting as well as run blocking. This could provide the Jaguars with a long-term solution to their O-line problems. Will Rackley could be groomed to take over at Center when Meester retires. The Jaguars could then draft another big, nasty, dominating RT and their O-line would be set. Whimper will continue to be the starting RT until then. This would give the Jags one of the biggest O-lines in the NFL, perfect for protecting a top ten draft pick & future face of the franchise.
Meester is 6'3" and 302 lbs, Monroe is 6'5" and 308 lbs, Britton is 6'6" and 310 lbs, Nwaneri is 6'3" and 318 lbs and Whimper is 6'5" and 302 lbs. That's a lot of beef up front creating a wall around Gabbert. The back-ups aren't any smaller. Rackley is 6'3" and 309 lbs, Spitz is 6'3" and 305 lbs, Bradfield is 6'4" and 302 lbs, Estes is 6'2" and 302 lbs and Baldridge is the biggest at 6'8" and 311 lbs. Like I said, that's a lot of freakin beef up front. Defenses will not have an easy time getting to Blaine behind that line-up. Blaine should have all day to find the open WR and make the throws. This could mean very good things are in the Jaguars future. GM Gene has quietly built a offensive line that could be dominated for years to come.
Britton told reporters after he was drafted that he was going to make every other team that didn't pick him regret it. Now he will get his chance to back up that claim, just not as a RT. As long as they give Gabbert more time in the pocket before it collapses or he's forced to tuck the football and run for it & as long as they blast open huge holes for Jones-Drew to run through, then I will be like every other Jacksonville Jaguars fan out there.........very happy. GO JAGS!!!