Jaguars lineman Tyler Shatley offers dependable depth wherever he is needed

Tyler Shatley has become the Jaguars' sixth man on the offensive line.

While Shatley doesn't have a set position, he has offered support at multiple spots throughout the first nine games of the season. He has played more than 50 percent of the Jaguars' offensive snaps, filling in wherever he has been needed.

The bulk of his work has come over the last five games. During that period, the Jaguars are 4-1.

During Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Chargers, Shatley continued to provide the Jaguars with dependable depth.

Starting right guard A.J. Cann had worked through a triceps injury over the last two weeks. Shatley prepared throughout Week 10 to potentially take over for Cann in case his injury caused him to struggle against the Chargers.

Cann never left the game.

Instead, it was left guard Patrick Omameh who struggled to overcome a knee injury in the first half. Shatley was asked to play in place of Omameh in the third quarter.

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The switch from right to left guard isn't an easy transition. The positions aren't as similar as some may think.

"I think it is hard for some people to understand," Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Monday. 

"People are like right guard, left guard? It is a big difference because one is a right-handed stance and then all of a sudden you go to the left side and you are in a left-handed stance, so everything is reversed. I thought he handled that well."

Shatley's relief work wasn't restricted to just offense against the Chargers. He eventually had to fill-in on special teams.

"Then all of a sudden during the course of the game we were like, ‘Oh, by the way, you are going to snap on field goals and PATs.'" Marrone said. 

Long snapper Matt Overton suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter. He would be replaced on the punt team by fullback Tommy Bohanon. On field goals, Shatley snapped the ball.

"That is a lot on someone’s plate going through the game," Marrone said. 

"Sometimes it’s better when you just find out about it. When you get it prior to the game and you start thinking about all the things that happen, sometimes it’s just better to throw someone out there, but I think Tyler will be able to answer that better than me, but that is a tough situation. He did a nice job.”

Shatley was responsible for the snaps on kicker Josh Lambo's game-tying and game-winning field goals against the Chargers.

It was just the latest example of Shatley's versatility and dependability this season. 

Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter at @Mike_E_Kaye.

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