The Jacksonville Jaguars have only been in training camp for two weeks, but there are already injury concerns along an offensive line that is being trusted to help second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert remain upright in 2012.
First, the Jaguars lost their favorite to win the starting left guard position Will Rackley to a high ankle sprain in the first week of camp. Rackley, who struggled mightily in his rookie season, needed to have a strong camp to keep his job. Now that he will likely miss the entire preseason, he will not have a chance to show improvement.
Then, the Jaguars lost backup guard Jason Spitz in their annual inter squad scrimmage game last Friday with a foot injury that is likely to keep him out for 2-3 weeks. Spitz was expected to hold down the fort at left guard until Rackley is able to return, but now the Jaguars are stuck with a hole at left guard.
Originally, the Jaguars tried out two of their backup centers at left guard. However, Wednesday at practice the Jaguars took a different approach towards filling the hole at left guard that may ultimately put their five best offensive lineman on the field.
The Jaguars moved right tackle Eben Britton inside to left guard, a position he played in couple of games last season before going on injured reserve with a back injury. They then replaced Britton at right tackle with second-year swing tackle Cameron Bradfield, who the Jaguars coaching staff is extremely high on after making the team last year as an undrafted rookie.
In his only start last year, Bradfield filled in admirably at left tackle for an injured Eugene Monroe against an extremely tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
The Jaguars new look offensive line will get its first test on Friday night when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and their elite defensive line come to Jacksonville for both teams first preseason game.