JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former East Burke and Clemson football star Tyler Shatley played 13 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars a season ago, largely on special teams.
The former undrafted free agent in 2014 who the Jaguars decided they couldn’t let go, now 25 years old and in the final year of his rookie contract, wants to do whatever it takes to show the team he’s more than a backup.
“Right now I’m just trying to do everything I can to be more valuable to the team,” Shatley recently told Jaguars.com.
“I played center during OTAs, and then during camp I’m going to play a little guard, just kind of showing that I can still do that (and) that I can back up all those positions.”
Jaguars.com speculates the likeliest starting spot Shatley could grab along the offensive line is at left guard.
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Third-year veteran Brandon Linder is the favorite to play center, and second-year player A.J. Cann started 13 games at right guard a season ago.
Shatley, a Valdese native, lined up at defensive tackle, fullback and punter for the Cavaliers and both defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Tigers.
Shatley (6-3, 305) was 2009 NCHSAA male athlete of the year and was an All-ACC selection with the Tigers.