Last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a virtual revolving door on the offensive line and although their center position improved at the end of the season, it was still subpar at best.
The Jaguars division rival Houston Texans released two-time Pro Bowl center Chris Myers on Wednesday, and the team could have interest in the 10-year veteran.
State of the Texans.com publisher Patrick Starr was kind enough to furnish us with this scouting report on Myers.
6-4 286 lbs. 10th season, acquired via trade from Broncos in 2008.
A little undersized for the position but he has been the most durable offensive lineman for the last 8 seasons and has started 128 consecutive games and played in 153 straight. Myers currently holds the longest active streak in the NFL among offensive lineman and longest active streak of games started as center.
Pros: Myers is a technician built for the zone blocking system. He is undersized but can get to the second level in a hurry when he get an adequate push. His pass protection is underrated with him playing on the interior of the offense and his football game I.Q. is solid due to extensive playing time. Considered a leader by teammates, Myers is everything you want to build an offensive line around and a veteran needed on the field.
Cons: His lack of size at center hurts him at times, he is overwhelmed by bigger defensive lineman. His real struggles came against true nose tackles playing over him and pushing him into the backfield. This year it seemed more of an issue in the past. He is pretty much a zone fitting player and struggles to do much else. Was asked to be a power run blocker and times and that did not have the best results. Myers is scheme limited as a player.
If the Jaguars want to employ more of a zone-blocking scheme it would make perfect sense to bring in Myers. Even if they don't, he still represents a major upgrade over guys like Luke Bowanko and Jacques McClendon. With a lack of elite talent hitting the free agency market at center, the Jaguars should certainly investigate what it would take to bring Myers in for competition at the very least.
Should the Jaguars Pursue Chris Myers?
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