Earlier this week, the Jaguars finally put together their expected starting offensive line.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked veteran Stefan Wisniewski as the team's starting center.
Coach Gus Bradley made the announcement Monday, saying Wisniewski beat out incumbent starter Luke Bowanko.
Wisniewski started 61 games during four years in Oakland and played through a torn labrum last season. He had shoulder surgery after the season and signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Jacksonville in April.
He split first-team repetitions with Bowanko during training camp and started Saturday's preseason game at the New York Giants.
Wisniewski says "It was always my goal to be a starter, and I'm excited that happened today. I can get that off my mind and move on."
Wisniewski spent his final two years in Oakland working under current Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
Bowanko started 14 games as a rookie last season.
Why is this a good move?
Normally if the competition is close, you go with the younger guy. That's not the correct course of action with the offensive line. The offensive line is so valuable because it protects the team's biggest investment, quarterback Blake Bortles. Despite what the Jaguars say publicly, they're not ready to win big, at least not this year. With that said, they need the line to be as good as it possibly can to avoid a repeat of last season where none of the Jacksonville quarterbacks had much of a chance.
The competition was close, but Wiz was better. If he made $5 million instead of $2 million, Luke Bowanko would be the starter and Wisniewski would be on his way to a different city. At $2 million, it's worth keeping the slightly older guy.