Jaguars planning competition between Beachum and Joeckel at left tackle

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When the Jaguars drafted tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick of the 2013 draft, the expectation was that he’d become a fixture on their offensive line for years to come.

Joeckel moved right into the starting lineup at right tackle as a rookie and was set to take over at left tackle when the Jags traded Eugene Monroe to the Ravens, but Joeckel broke his ankle and missed the final 11 games of the year. He has started 30 games at left tackle the last two seasons, although he hasn’t played up to the level expected and General Manager Dave Caldwell made it clear Monday that the arrival of Kelvin Beachum as a free agent this offseason is meant to get better play from the spot.

“They’re going to compete and that’s been the central theme of our team since [coach] Gus [Bradley] got here, is competition,” Caldwell said, via the team’s website. “Wherever we can find somebody to come in and compete at a reasonable rate, we’ll do that no matter what the position is.”

Beachum is coming off of a torn ACL and Caldwell said the team expects he will be ready to go early in training camp if not before. Beachum has played some guard in the past and Caldwell seemed to suggest that the loser of the competition could be an option to play guard when he said he was “sure both are going to play somewhere.” Asked specifically about Joeckel kicking inside, Caldwell said they’d see how things play out and gave a similar answer regarding the call on Joeckel’s fifth-year option that must be made in the next couple of months.

13 responses to “Jaguars planning competition between Beachum and Joeckel at left tackle

  1. Caldwell traded Gabbert for a 6th round pick, invested twice the draft capital and salary in Bortles, and the team has the same record over the past two years as Blaine’s first two seasons. Not to mention that Gabbert had the same record over the last half of last season with the 9ers (considered by far to be an inferior team prior going into last season) as Bortles did in Jax. Good work Dave, have you convinced Shad that the 5 year program should be extended to a 10 year program due to unforseen circumstances?

  2. And the headline of this article says it all… a 1st rd pic #2 over all and a undrafted player is gonna unseat him… the NFL draft is amazing to watch and i love the drama… but damn is it ever over hyped…

  3. 1. Allen Robinson
    2. Telvin Smith
    3. T.J Yeldon
    4. Dante Fowler Jr.
    5. Luke Joekel
    6. Allen Hurns
    7. Johnathan Cyprien

    They are about to add another high 1st round pick..

    They have some solid pretty decent Vets..

    1. Malik Jackson
    2. Jared Odrick
    3. Paul Pozluszny
    4. Prince Amukamara
    5. Julius Thomas

    Then you decide on Blake Bortles…

    but man as a fan of another team, have a little jaguar envy right now.

  4. Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher pretty much single handedly devalued the tackle position in the draft. Good work guys, that shouldn’t have been possible!

  5. Its what needs to happen. I really like the signing.. push the kid, or give it to the undersized try-hard if the kid doesn’t step up. I’ve said before that LT is the only position that wasn’t subjected to ‘competition’. Finally.. it is.

  6. Wow, you just can’t waste the 2nd overall pick on a Guard!

    You keep him at Left Tackle till he gets it.

  7. Just to be clear, Beachum was indeed drafted at the end of
    the 7th round, by the Steelers using one of their supplementary
    draft picks. He was a major value ‘hit’ (248th overall) by the Steelers.
    He solidified the LT position up until his ACL injury, so if he is back healthy
    Mr Joeckel has his job cut out for him. Hate to see him go, but a nice pick-up
    by the Jags. Good luck to Kelvin.

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