Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Linder Moving to Center

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Linder Moving to Center

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Four-plus months into the offseason, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley finally provided some clarity about the team's offensive line Saturday.

It was assumed - but never confirmed - right guard Brandon Linder would move to center, particularly after the Jaguars didn't re-sign Stefen Wisniewski, pursue Alex Mack or draft one.

Bradley made it just-about-official after rookie orientation wrapped up, saying Linder is getting the "majority of his reps," at center.

Bradley also said A.J. Cann is working at right guard and newcomer Mackenszy Bernadeau at left guard. If no outside candidates are added, the projected Week 1 starting group is Kelvin Beachum at left tackle, Bernadeau, Linder and Cann inside and Jermey Parnell at right tackle.

The Jaguars are taking a gamble with Linder, who will be the team's fourth center in as many years. He was their best offensive lineman as a rookie in 2014, but will be playing a new position with a surgically-repaired shoulder that cost him 13 games last year.

"I know he feels really good about the reps [at center]," Bradley said. "We threw him in there with the guys and it appears to be a very natural position for him."

The Linder move will allow Cann to stay put after an encouraging rookie year.

Bernadeau was signed in March after spending three years with Carolina (20 starts) and the last five with Dallas (29 starts).

"When you see him walk into the building, he's a very focused individual," Bradley said. "He's getting a shot."

Until Beachum (knee) is cleared to practice in early August,

Luke Joeckel will take the left tackle snaps. The Jaguars declined to pick up his fifth-year contract option Monday.

"Whether we picked that up or not, I don't see much effect on him other than he's extremely focused," Bradley said.


Second-round pick Myles Jack worked at middle linebacker during the practices.

"That was just so he could learn the whole defense and how we set up our defense," Bradley said. …

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