Jason Spitz Scouting Report

The Jaguars officially signed former Green Bay offensive lineman and Jacksonville native Jason Spitz to a two-year contract. Are the Jaguars getting a viable replacement for Vince Manuwai? Find out everything you need to know about Spitz in this scouting report.

Knowing that Justin Smiley and Vince Manuwai weren't anything close to in-shape, the Jaguars cut ties with the veterans and inked former Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville native guard Jason Spitz to a two-year deal.

"Shoring up the offensive guard position, being able to bring in Jason Spitz, that was huge for us after both (Justin) Smiley and Vinny (Manuwai) came in and had issues we really weren't aware of," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said.

What are Spitz's measureables?:

Spitz is 28 years old and attended college at Louisville. Spitz was the Packers full-time starter for the first three years of his five-year career, but started just four games in the last two seasons combined.

Like many of the linemen on the Jaguars, Spitz is versatile and he can play all three interior positions. The real question is how well can he play those positions and can he be a starter?

We asked Packer Report.com publisher Bill Huber, who has covered every game Spitz has played in to share his thoughts about the Jacksonville native. Here's what he had to say--

Jason Spitz has never been the same since suffering a back injury that required surgery in 2009. He had started 45 of a possible 52 games at the time of the injury, including the first four games of 2009 at center. He barely played last year, with his most extensive playing time coming in a December game at Detroit, after starting left guard Daryn Colledge went down. When the second half began, Spitz was on the bench because of poor play. Spitz is your prototypical West Coast lineman. He's not big and he's not going to beat a 330-pound defensive lineman by himself. But he's smart and knows how to play. He used to be athletic but I think the back has taken some of that away. If you're counting on him to be a starter, good luck. I think that time has come and gone. But you could do a lot worse for a utility backup.

With the knowledge that Spitz likely isn't a starting caliber player, the Jaguars could be in a bind on the interior. Rookie William Rackley was drafted for a reason and his game experience may begin sooner rather than later. Don't discount the possibility of Vince Manuwai returning to the team assuming he loses weight and after Week One, where veteran's contracts will not be guaranteed.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and 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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