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Jaguars’ rookie Austin Pasztor will start as left tackle

10/4/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Before Austin Pasztor was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he played as a hockey goalie in Canada. Being a national sport, it was no surprise he played it too. But with time Pasztor grew up and the -foot-7 and 308 pound player started turning his enthusiasm towards football.
 
Eventually he was signed by the Jaguars as an offensive tackle and he will be starting at the right tackle position in the upcoming match against the St. Louis Rams. The change comes as the Jaguars traded their left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Ravens and Pasztor gets his chance to shine. He will still be under analysis and the starting position is also being contended by Cameron Bradfield.
 
Although Pasztor is not the type of guy to openly express his feelings, he was nevertheless happy to receive the starting position.
 
“I’m just trying to focus on each day and not look ahead to Sunday,’’ the new offensive tackle said.
 
Pasztor’s journey wasn’t easy to make it to the Jaguars. He was first noticed by The Fork Union Military Academy during a game against The Canadian All-Star team. From there, he attended the military school for his senior high school year and during that time he played a game at Virginia .
 
Even so he went undrafted and got signed up by Minnesota Viking in 2012 but was cut when finalizing the 53 man roster.  He was then signed by the Jaguars into their practice squad and started the last three games of 2012. He didn’t win a starting position this season as Luke Joeckel was the second overall draft pick and Will Rackley recovered and was taken off injured reserve.
 
Pasztor didn’t stand out during the team’s training camp but did get secondary positions to fill and was also put in special teams.
 
Pasztor attributed his commitment and hardworking habits at the family farm.
 
“If you work hard, you’ll get an opportunity,’’ he said.
 
Pasztor has just six appearances in NFL games and has now been shifted to a starting position. This sudden change does show that he has noticeable talent to get promoted so fast. Even though he was mostly used as a guard, he is adapting well to the tackle position.
 
Jaguars’ offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch was happy with Pasztor and optimistic he would fit well.
 
“What’s cool about Pasztor is that he comes to work every day with that lunch pail mentality, that grizzly kind of looking guy that just wants to hopefully get nasty and be able to play with a physical toughness about him,’’ he said.
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