Amid all the James Mungro Memorial Award presented by (sponsor pending) madness, we can’t overlook our former winners.
Rodney Austin seems fine. He took 28 snaps on offense on Saturday, the seventh most on the team, and played well. At one point he even pulled off his patented move, plowing into a Brown after the play was over. Austin will make the team as a backup guard. His spot is virtually wrapped up.
Jacques McClendon isn’t fine. He’s in camp battle that would be sad if it wasn’t so funny.
I watched all the Buccaneers vs. Jaguars game. It was … an experience. The Jaguars are dreadful, and McClendon was part of the problem.
On the first play (seen above), Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy pushed McClendon over and tackled the running back for a five-yard loss. Two plays later, McCoy embarrassed McClendon, faking inside and then going outside for a free trot into the backfield.
McClendon settled down after that, but the damage might’ve already been done. The Jaguars replaced him with Brandon Linder after the second series. The rest of the starters remained on the field.
Fortunately for McClendon, Jaguars center Mike Brewster put out one of the more embarrassing pieces of game film in the history of the NFL. In four series, Brewster snapped the ball over the head of Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne twice. These weren’t snaps that were a little high and Henne mishandled. They were bullets that had the same trajectory one would have if he was trying to shoot a bottle rocket out of Jacksonville’s stadium.