The Jaguars had an up-and-down season in which they lost their first two games and their last four. …
Jaguars Report Card - OL
The Jaguars also started rookie tackles in first-round draft pick Eugene Monroe at left tackle and second-round draft pick Eben Britton at right tackle. Both started nearly ever game and only missed time due to sickness (Monroe) and minor injuries (Britton). Both started off slow, but by the end of the season both looked like they will be cornerstones on the offensive line for many years to come.
The real rough part of the offensive line this season was at the left guard and center position. Guard Vincent Manuwai was coming off a torn ACL at the start of the 2008 season and he struggled for much of the year. Center Brad Meester also struggled mightily. Meester really hasn't been the same since his stellar season in 2007 and has gradually gone down hill since. Meester is renowned for his line calls and knowledge of the game, but physically he doesn't look as if he can be an effective full-time starter anymore. The word coming out of the front office is that Meester may be replaced by guard Uche Nwaneri in the 2010 season and Manuwai may move from the left side to the right side, where his struggles in pass protection can be hidden a bit easier.
Final grade: C+ While the offensive line had it's ups and downs, it improved significantly from the 2008 season, as expected. The line did give up just as many sacks as it did in the 2008 season (42), but it wasn't nearly as brutal as it was in 2008. Not to mention the line produced a Pro Bowl running back in Maurice Jones-Drew. This unit with some minor tweaking should become a very, very good line going on into the future.
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