Shatley, Omameh could start in place of Linder, Beachum for the Jaguars against the Ravens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The shuffle of the offensive line will likely return this week.

Following injuries to left tackle Kelvin Beachum (concussion) and center Brandon Linder (knee sprain), the Jaguars are expected to fill holes with backup linemen. 

With Beachum and Linder potentially sidelined for the Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, veterans Patrick Omameh and Tyler Shatley are likely to get the call in some form or fashion.

Omameh has started at guard for the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past and played left tackle when Beachum went down against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. Shatley has been around the team for three years and is likely to be the top interior option for the Jaguars.

"Both those guys, they’ve been here in the system, they understand it right now in their roles and they’ve looked, when they have had opportunities, they’ve answered the bell, both of those guys," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.

Head coach Gus Bradley said he has confidence in both backups if either were asked to start on Sunday.

“Fortunately they are guys who have worked together in camp," Bradley said.

"Maybe they haven’t on the game field. If it should go that way they know each other. It’ll take maybe a little bit of time or adjusting. I think they work at it. It is the next man up mentality. I think if those guys get an opportunity with whatever way we set it up it will be the ones we feel give us the best opportunity to run the ball and protect.”

On Thursday, Olson acknowledged Shatley's experience in the offense as well as his preparation for the potential center role.

"He sits in the quarterback meetings along with [Brandon] Linder, he’s been in there for two years now so he’s got a real good feel of what we’re looking for in terms of run game calls, protection calls and what we’re asking of him,” Olson said.

If Linder can't play, Shatley would start in his place. However, the Beachum replacement plan probably isn't that simple.

In theory, former starting left tackle Luke Joeckel could move from left guard to his former spot. That move would force either Omameh or first-year player Chris Reed to left guard. It would be a two-man switch, which may not be ideal.

The other option is to keep Omameh at tackle and keep the continuity of having Joeckel play left guard. 

The Jaguars could also add a veteran free agent but that may be too quick of a turnaround, even for a seasoned lineman.

"We will see how this plays out and how these guys come together and Beachum too," Bradley said. "We will have to play it out because it is a little bit day-by-day.”

Bradley added that if Beachum was able to get cleared from concussion protocol at the last minute, he may not need the full week of practice to start.

"We will see," Bradley said.

"I think that he has gained the confidence of a lot of us, but we will see where he is at. There are going to be some times where there are guys on the team where that may happen. He would be one of those guys we strongly consider."

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