Jaguars Positional Analysis- Offensive Line

We're deep into the 2011 offseason and Jaguars information is certainly scarce. We figured that this is a pretty good time to examine the current roster, position-by-position. We're going to move on to the offensive line.

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The Jaguars offensive line figures to be a team strength in 2011 as left tackle Eugene Monroe is entering his third NFL season, and his improvement from his rookie season to Year 2 was extraordinary. Jacksonville expects to have former second-round pick Eben Britton back at right tackle, and there should be solid competition amongst the three interior line positions as the only players guaranteed roster spots are Uche Nwaneri and rookie Will Rackley.

Will Eben Britton recover fully from his shoulder injury and if so is he good enough to be Eugene Monroe's opposite bookend?

Eben Britton expects to have a clean bill of health entering the 2011 season (whenever that will actually occur) but there are still questions about how good the 6'7" tackle actually is. Britton's struggles during his rookie season were shrugged off to rookie growing pains, but he didn't take any strides during his second season. The former second-round pick was very inconsistent prior to his season-ending shoulder injury.

Can the Jaguars veterans hold onto roster spots for another year on the inside?

Center Brad Meester is the longest-tenured Jaguar on the roster and there really hasn't been much competition for his job over the last 11 years. That all changes now that Meester's level of play has slipped and younger players such as Uche Nwaneri and Will Rackley are versatile enough to play each of the interior positions. Meester will have to win his job in training camp for the first time in a long time.

Whose job is Will Rackley going to take?

Jaguars third-round draft pick Will Rackley was not selected to "hold a clipboard". Rackley will play early and it will likely be at the expense of one of the team's veterans. Although Rackley doesn't figure to play center as a rookie, he will be in competition with center Brad Meester and veteran guard Vince Manuwai for a starting job. The loser of that battle will likely face a pay cut or outright release.

Will the Jaguars add any other veteran talent when free agency opens?

The Jaguars want to get younger on the line and they would like to add a versatile, depth type of player if one falls in their laps at a discounted price. Without knowing the free agency rules, it's impossible to determine whether some of the talented interior linemen will be on the market or if they will be restricted. Expect the Jaguars to sign a veteran tackle as the prospect of former undrafted rookie Kevin Haslem being one snap away from starting might make the front office a little uneasy with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback.

Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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