Jaguars tab Wisniewski as starting center to open season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked veteran Stefan Wisniewski as the team's starting center.

Coach Gus Bradley made the announcement Monday, saying Wisniewski beat out incumbent starter Luke Bowanko.

Wisniewski started 61 games during four years in Oakland and played through a torn labrum last season. He had shoulder surgery after the season and signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Jacksonville in April.

He split first-team repetitions with Bowanko during training camp and started Saturday's preseason game at the New York Giants.

Wisniewski says ''It was always my goal to be a starter, and I'm excited that happened today. I can get that off my mind and move on.''

Wisniewski spent his final two years in Oakland working under current Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

Bowanko started 14 games as a rookie last season.

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