The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Jacques McClendon the starting center for their season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, head coach Gus Bradley told reporters Monday.
Going into training camp, Mike Brewster was set to take the starting center role over for Brad Meester, who retired after a 14-year NFL career.
Brewster struggled at center in the Jaguars' first two preseason games, which led to competition at the center spot. Brewster did not make Jacksonville's final roster.
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McClendon also beat out rookie Luke Bowanko for the starting job.
From The Florida Times-Union:
“Jacques is going to be our center going into the game,” Bradley said. “He took all of the reps, or most of the reps, at one. Luke got some in there, but we have made that decision.”
McClendon has started two games in his NFL career. The 26-year-old started at left guard last season against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. He was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft.
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