Jaguars make decision on who will start at left tackle
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have settled on a starting offensive line, with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle and former first-round draft pick Luke Joeckel moving to left guard.
Beachum and Joeckel spent much of training camp splitting repetitions at both positions. Coach Gus Bradley picked Beachum because of "his body of work that he's had as well as what he's shown to us in camp."
The Jaguars gave Beachum a five-year, $45 million contract in free agency and declined to pick up a fifth-year option for 2017 in Joeckel's contract, so the outcome is what many expected. Joeckel was the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.
The big question is whether Beachum can return to form. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last October, missed most of the offseason and the first two preseason games. He was clearly rusty in his Jaguars preseason debut against Cincinnati on Sunday.
JAGUARS WAIVE BJOERN WERNER
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived former first-round draft pick Bjoern Werner and placed safety James Sample on injured reserve for the second straight season.
The 24th overall selection in the 2013 draft by Indianapolis, Werner signed with Jacksonville in May. He had one sack in three preseason games with the Jaguars.
Sample, a fourth-round draft pick from Louisville in 2015, played in four games as a rookie before ending up on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Earlier in the year, the Jaguars expected Sample to compete with Johnathan Cyprien for the starting job opposite Tashaun Gipson. Sample's injury means Josh Evans has a better chance of making the opening-day roster.
The team also waived tight end Nic Jacobs on Tuesday, trimming the roster to 75 players before the NFL deadline.