Following a week in which backup left tackle Richard Collier was shot, starting guard Maurice Williams hurt himself in preseason warm-ups and was mostly ineffective in his few snaps against the Titans. Throw in a potentially major knee injury to his backup, Uche Nwaneri, and the Jaguars have a pretty desperate situation on their offensive line, as evidenced by the seven sacks they gave up and anemic 33 rushing yards by a team that sports quite possibly the best running back tandem in football.
One of the players who could be brought in needs no Mapquest directions to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, as he's played here for the Jaguars for six seasons, and was the opening day starter a year ago. Of course we are talking about right guard Chris Naeole, who injured his leg a year ago which forced him onto the injured reserve list. Naeole was then unceremoniously released when the team decided to go with a youth movement.
Although Naeole hasn't been in any camps this season and his physical condition may be a question mark, the 6'3", 320 lb. guard is very familiar with the Jaguars system and Scout NFL Expert and Sirius NFL Radio host Adam Caplan has Naeole rated as the best offensive guard currently available.
"He has plenty of starting experience and with the Jacksonville Jaguars hurting at both guard spots due to injury, they could look to re-sign him," Caplan wrote.
In the next day or two we will find out Uche Nwaneri's status for the season, and even if he will not be placed on the injured reserve, the Jaguars will need to add some more depth on the line. Naeole seems like a perfect fit assuming he's in playing shape.
Some other options for the Jaguars may be former Atlanta Falcon Kynan Forney, former New Orleans Saint and Cleveland Brown LeCharles Bentley, former Patriot Mike Flynn, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Toniu Fonoti.
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