Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fighting for His Job; Beadles Making Adjustments, but Younger Players Pushing Him

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fighting for His Job; Beadles Making Adjustments, but Younger Players Pushing Him

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

The Jaguars signed left guard Zane Beadles to a five-year, $30-million contract last year.

Now, he's fighting to hold his starting spot.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell aggressively addressed the offensive line after the unit was largely responsible for surrendering a league-high 71 sacks last season as the team went 3-13.

In free agency, Caldwell signed right tackle Jermey Parnell and center Stefan Wisniewski. Those moves were not surprising. He then took the revamp to another level by investing the team's third-round pick (67th overall) on left guard A.J. Cann.

For Beadles, the message was obvious and one he understands. His time as the starter could be dwindling.

He's experienced it first hand from the other side. Beadles was a second-round pick (45th overall) in 2010 and started 14 of the 16 games he played as a rookie for Denver.

"That's the business, man," Beadles said. "That's the front office's job. They're always looking to replace everybody. Always looking for better, younger talent. That's the way it is. The way I look at it is I need to come out and do my job. That's all I have to focus on."

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley conceded the night Cann was picked that Beadles probably didn't play as well as he had hoped. He also felt Beadles was spread out too thin, trying to lead a young line while adjusting to a new team. To complicate matters further, offensive line coach George Yarno left the Jaguars in the summer after being diagnosed with cancer leaving assistant Luke Butkus to assume the role.

Now, the Jaguars have a new line coach in the experienced Doug Marrone, as well as a more seasoned group, albeit learning a new offense under first-year coordinator Greg Olson.

The 28-year-old Beadles should still be hitting his prime and has been durable. He hasn't missed a game in five seasons, making the Pro Bowl in 2012. Last season, he played every offensive snap (1,037). That total led the team, ahead of strong safety Johnathan Cyprien's 982 snaps. …

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