Posted August 19, 2014 02:04 pm - Updated August 19, 2014 02:57 pm

Jacques McClendon likely to start ahead of Mike Brewster at center for the Jaguars Friday night

Jaguars' Jacques McClendon (66) during the first day of a two-day rookie minicamp at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, FL, Friday, May 16, 2014. (The Florida Times-Union, Gary McCullough)

Jacques McClendon has taken the snaps as the Jaguars first team center all week and will likely start at center Friday night in Detroit, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said Tuesday.

Mike Brewster, who started the first two games, but had two bad shotgun snaps in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, has been working with the back-ups.

With McClendon starting at center, rookie Brandon Linder has been playing right guard with the first team.

For most of camp, Brewster was the starting center and McClendon was battling Linder for the right guard spot.

Fisch lauded McClendon’s “intelligence, toughness and experience with us’’ and said he played for offensive line coach George Yarno (who is on medical leave) when he was in Detroit so he’s familiar with the terminology.

“He’s got a great competitive edge and personality,’’ Fisch said of McClendon. “He really does a nice job of bringing the group together. He has a great rapport with the quarterbacks and they enjoy talking to him and they enjoy bouncing ideas off of him in terms of game management and how we’re going to handle different fronts and pressures so all in all, he’s done a nice job.’’

McClendon said he hasn’t been told he’s the starter.

“I’m just doing whatever I’m asked to do and try to do it to the best of my ability,’’ he said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to compete and do the best I can.’’

He added, “There’s no question you always want to be a starter and have starter value.’’

Brewster said, “They’ve got to rotate guys and see what is going to work the best.”