The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line has been a source of great frustration this season as they have struggled to open holes for the run game and have failed to keep the quarterback protected.
It is perhaps most frustrating for Jaguars fans as general manager Gene Smith has devoted a number of high draft picks towards fixing the offensive line, but his efforts have yet to produce results.
Perhaps the most frustrating player along the offensive line is 2009 second-round draft pick Eben Britton. Britton was selected to play opposite left tackle Eugene Monroe and bookend the Jaguars offensive line for the next ten seasons, but those plans have not panned out for the Jaguars.
Britton has spent the majority of two of his four NFL seasons on the injured reserve list and he has been largely ineffective when he has been healthy enough to play. This season, Britton has lost his job at two different positions to guys who went undrafted. In training camp he lost his right tackle job to Cameron Bradfield and then lost the left guard job to Mike Brewster early in the season.
Britton returned to the starting lineup this past weekend against the New York Jets and was completely outmatched by their defensive line. Now, the Jaguars are testing out other options at the left guard position this week in practice. Britton has lost snaps to backup Steve Vallos and practice squad player Austin Pasztor in the Jaguars preparations for the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
If Britton loses his job again for the third time this season for poor performance it would almost certainly spell doom for his future with the Jaguars. It would also be another negative mark against Smith who has seemingly missed in a big time way on several of his draft picks over his four seasons with total control over the roster.