While fellow Canadian lineman Orlando Franklin received more buzz during NFL free agency, Langton Ontario’s Austin Pasztor quietly signed an important contract of his own.
The former Virginia Cavalier agreed with the Jaguars on an exclusive-rights free agent contract hours before the start of the NFL’s 2015 free-agency period.
Pasztor developed his work ethic while growing up on an asparagus farm in Langton, Ontario. His play at Glendale High School earned him a spot on a travelling Canadian All Star team – a team that played an exhibition game against Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia prior to his senior year.
Fort Union offered Pasztor a spot at the school, which then led to a scholarship at the University of Virginia.
After four seasons as a starter with the Cavaliers (Pasztor’s streak of consecutive starts reached 45 during his senior year) he was named a second-team Associated Press All-American.
After going undrafted, the 6-7, 308-pound Canadian found his way onto the Jaguars practice roster. He was working to be a backup guard, but managed to get some repetitions in at tackle. He impressed enough that when the Jaguars traded tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens, Pasztor was inserted as the starter on the right side.
Since then Pasztor has started more than 20 games for the Jaguars (the only games missed were due to injury).
Ken Hornack from Fox Sports Florida reports that Pasztor is a big part of the Jaguars plans in 2015, and will be relied upon to provide better protection for young quarterback Blake Bortles
Outside of teammate Zane Beadles, no player on Jacksonville’s offensive line has started more games than Austin Pasztor