Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is going through an awkward stage. His hand placement, foot stagger and set balance seem strange -- all part of his transition from left to right tackle. He might feel a bit off, but he looks just fine. Joeckel has been downright dominant through two days of rookie minicamp, showing exactly why the Jaguars selected him with the second overall pick in last week's NFL draft. He hasn't allowed a sack or even a pressure in team drills. It shouldn't be much of a surprise because he's going against undrafted rookies and tryout players. But it's surely a good start for a former Texas A&M standout, playing a somewhat different position for the first time in years. "It's feeling a lot better than I thought it would," Joeckel said following another rain-soaked practice Saturday. "My set felt a lot cleaner today and my first step felt a little bit faster today. It's going to be a process, but it's moving along pretty well." The Jaguars already have Joeckel locked into a starting role this fall, with hopes that he will help solidify an offensive line that allowed 50 sacks last season. Coaches and front office personnel believe an improved line will allow them to more accurately evaluate quarterback Blaine Gabbert, whose first two years were filled with team turmoil and key injuries. Adding Joeckel to a line that's getting starting guards Uche Nwaneri and Will Rackley back from injuries should make the Jaguars more functional than they've been the last two seasons.
Jaguars' Joeckel adjusting to right-side move
CBS Sports | May 5