The Jaguars once used the second pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Luke Joeckel, hoping he’d become their left tackle of the future.
Now, he’s the left guard of the present.
According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he’s decided to start free agent acquisition Kelvin Beachum at left tackle and Joeckel next to him at left guard in the regular season opener.
Neither of them will play in the preseason finale.
The Jaguars didn’t pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would have cost them $11.9 million. That means Joeckel’s entering a contract year, at a new position.
Issues of expectations and pride aside, it’s also going to be interesting to see if Joeckel is any good at playing guard. There were a few moments Sunday against the Bengals when he looked overwhelmed and/or ended up on the seat of his pants. But he was lined up across from star defensive tackle Geno Atkins, and he does that to people sometimes.
Joeckel was clear this offseason he wanted to win his old job back, but today’s announcement makes it clear he didn’t.