Pashos Has a New Neighbor on Jaguars Line

Jaguars' offensive tackle Tony Pashos is about to get yet another new neighbor.

Pashos is the 6-6, 325-pounder who was signed by the Jaguars as one of two unrestricted agents in March 2007 after starting at right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens for four seasons. And even though the Jaguars had Maurice Williams at right tackle and who had started 64 consecutive games at that spot, a day after Pashos was signed, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio anointed him the starter.

Pashos worked adjacent to Chris Naeole for the first eight games of the year until Naeole suffered a torn quadriceps tendon at New Orleans to end his season. That put Williams back in the starting lineup next to Pashos. They teamed well together with the Jaguars sending much of their running game over the right side.

But Pashos appears to be getting another new neighbor. Del Rio has flip-flopped Williams with former left guard Vince Manuwai. It's a move that Pashos says he's comfortable with.

"Vinny is a natural guard. Mo (Williams) was in there and battling, learning the position and starting at the same time, all at once," Pashos said. "Vinny does things a little more standard than what Mo was doing. They are both tremendous guys.

"I trust each and every guy they put next to me out there. It's going to be a good combination. There's a whole lot of beef over there."

Beef that opened a lot of holes for the running game and provided first-time starter quarterback David Garrard enough protection to enable him to post a 102.2 passer rating, third best in the NFL a year ago.

Pashos doesn't want to see the line play ease up at all. They helped turn a running game into the NFL's second most prolific ground attack at 149.4 yards per game, second only to Minnesota's league-leading 164.6 a contest.

"We can't lay down. We need to work at it to make it great again and that is emphasized to us every day in the O-line room," Pashos said. "We have to go out there and work for that running game work to be better in the passing game. We don't want to be a one-hit wonder around here. We want to be great continuously and go even farther next year in the playoffs."

While Pashos is confident that the line will remain a steady force for the Jaguars, he also likes what he's seeing on the defensive side of the ball. The club used its first two picks in last spring's college draft to grab defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves.

Pashos says the duo made a nice impression in the team's organized team activities this spring.

"From what I have seen, both our top two guys, (Derrick) Harvey and (Quentin) Groves, have tremendous talent," Pashos said. "Harvey looks like a natural at it now. I'm thinking who knows how soon until he's going to be the best ones out there. He has just unreal ability. It's all up to him now."

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