The Jacksonville Jaguars are shuffling their offensive line – and not for performance reasons.
Right tackle Austin Pasztor broke his hand in Thursday night’s preseason loss at Chicago and will be sidelined at least a month. Pasztor said Friday he fractured the fourth metatarsal in his right hand.
”Right now, I think we’ll re-evaluate in about a month or so and see where he’s at,” coach Gus Bradley said. ”He’s not out for the season.”
Cam Bradfield will start in Pasztor’s place next week when the Jaguars play at Detroit and likely will be in the lineup opening day at Philadelphia. Bradfield started 11 games at left tackle last season and 12 games at right tackle in 2012.
”The good thing is that Cam Bradfield stepped in last year and did a nice job at the tackle spot,” Bradley said. ”I would say that Cam started off in training camp playing solid. I think he’s picked it up. He’s picked it up the last week or so, gaining confidence. He played pretty well (Thursday) night. We’ll definitely have to bring other guys in to help because of that situation. We feel confident with him.”
Even before Pasztor’s injury, Jacksonville’s line was unsettled.
Center Mike Brewster struggled in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, prompting coaches to rotate four players at the key position against the Bears. Right guard remains an open competition, too, with Jacques McClendon and rookie Brandon Linder, a third-round draft pick from Miami, vying for a starting job.
”Once we get this all put together, we’ll progress,” Bradley said. ”We had three different guys playing the center spot (Thursday) and we did better at running the ball. We just have to keep going. I think they’ve played enough with Cam to understand what he’s about in there.”