JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- For two years now, Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu have been fixtures at defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Knighton has started all but three games the last three years, missing a trio of games a year ago due to an ankle injury. Alualu has answered the call for 32 consecutive games the past two seasons since the Jaguars made him their No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.
But things could be different this year.
Both incumbents are being pushed by a pair of relative unknowns. C.J. Mosley has moved ahead of Knighton on the depth chart and started last Friday's preseason game against the New York Giants. D'Anthony Smith, who is pushing Alualu, was also a starter, but Alualu was held out by the coaching staff as a precautionary measure.
Both Knighton and Alualu had offseason surgeries. Alualu's surgery was in January and was done to clean up some issues with his knee that hampered his play a year ago. He had the benefit of extra months to rehab an...