JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Cam Bradfield and Austin Pasztor went from the bench to the trench in less than week.
The Jacksonville Jaguars actually performed better with them on the field.
The former backup offensive tackles are now starters for the Jaguars, whose patchwork offensive line could prove to be a turning point or a trouble spot for the winless franchise.
The Jaguars (0-5) traded left tackle Eugene Monroe to Baltimore last Tuesday, then lost rookie Luke Joeckel for the season five days later. That thrust Bradfield and Pasztor into spots they've never been before — Bradfield starting on the left side for the first time in his NFL career and Pasztor on the right. How they handle the promotion could be the key to Jacksonville getting its sputtering ground game going against Denver (5-0) on Sunday.
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