Jaguars' Joeckel adjusting to right-side move

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm •  Published: May 4, 2013
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"I want to get on the field," he said. "I want to help my team win football games, whatever position it might be. If they wanted me to go play guard, I'd go play guard. I definitely would love to be a left tackle in the future, but whatever gets me on the field is what I'd do."

So far, the results have been positive.

"He has excellent movement skills, great balance, he's a very smart kid," offensive line coach George Yarno said. "He's working hard. He's going to get better fast. He's competitive. Love what I've seen so far.

"He's so smooth, a fluid mover. He has great, natural balance. His lower body has a lot of power in it. He has a low center of gravity. He has all those things you look for in a tackle, especially. I'm really excited to get to work with him."

The real test will come when Joeckel lines up against Jaguars starter Jason Babin and Jeremy Mincey during organized team activities later this month. Maybe even more telling will be his first days in full pads, when coaches and teammates will get a better feel for his physicality and toughness.

"He's right on track," head coach Gus Bradley said. "Now he just needs to get more and more reps. It'll probably take him a little bit of time on the right side, but he will get it. You see he's such a professional already with handling it that he will get there."

Equally challenging for Joeckel has been dealing with his newfound stardom. After the draft, he returned to College Station, Texas, and was mobbed for autographs and pictures around town.

"It was pretty crazy," he said. "An offensive lineman finally gets his face on TV and now you're getting recognized. It's not a bad thing. It was very cool. I was getting stared at before because I was so large. But now I'm getting stared at because my face was on TV. It's a little different."


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