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2016 Jaguars free agent profile: Is Stefen Wisniewski replaceable?

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There's been a lot of talk about improving our offensive line, but is center Stefen Wisniewski replaceable?

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One of the areas the Jacksonville Jaguars are likely to look to upgrade in the offseason is at the offensive line, but not in the way that most people seem to think. Center Stefen Wisniewski was signed last offseason on a one-year "prove it" deal, partly because of his familiarity with offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s offensive system, but also to be competition for Luke Bowanko. Wiz eventually won the starting center position and started all 16 games for the Jaguars, but the question as to whether or not he "proved it" still remains.

What he does well

Wiz brought a little bit of stability to the interior of the offensive line, but it wasn’t necessarily the upgrade that most people thought it would be. Wiz didn’t really do anything exceptionally well, he wasn’t penalized a lot and his noticeable mistakes came down to a few bad snaps at seemingly the most inopportune times. So, in essence what Wiz "did well" is that he wasn’t particularly noticeable on offense, good or bad. Bringing Wiz back wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Jaguars, but he doesn’t appear to be the long term solution at the position. Wisniewski was pretty solid in pass protection however, so if there is one noteworthy positive it’s that he wasn’t an issue in keeping Blake Bortles upright.

Concerns

As mentioned, Wiz was just kind of ho-hum at the position and he had a few critical bad snaps that you could argue cost the Jaguars wins. While Wiz was solid in the pass protection department, he didn’t really add anything in run blocking like the Jaguars had hoped. The team struggled to run the football with any consistency, or most of the team even effectively. Part of that was the fact that Wiz was playing next to a rookie thrown into the fire and Zane Beadles, but he had his own issues in the run game as well.

Outlook

As mentioned, retaining Wisniewski wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Jaguars overall, but he’s definitely someone they can and should upgrade. He’s a solid center who’s not going to bog you down and if he’s brought back it should be in a depth capacity. The center position definitely needs upgrading for the Jaguars, be it through free agency, an internal solution or in the 2016 NFL Draft. Personally, I don’t think I’d bring Wiz back into the fold.