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Jermey Parnell being a key lineman is something Jaguars fans didn’t expect in 2017

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For the most part, the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 are about what we expected overall. The defense is good, better than most thought it would be, but most thought it would be good. The offense struggles and leans heavily on the run game, while quarterback Blake Bortles is a roller coaster.

One thing that happened that most Jaguars fans didn’t expect in 2017, was that the offensive line ended up being a lot better than people gave it credit for, more specifically that right tackle Jermey Parnell would be such a key cog in the offense. There was a lot of talk about possibly cutting Parnell to save cap room, because he had a disappointing season in 2016.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, who was the team’s offensive line coach in 2016 prior to Gus Bradley being fired, seemed to hint that Parnell played most of last season hurt and not to his full ability. Early in 2017 it was clear Parnell was much better than most thought and his loss the past few weeks due to a knee injury had way more of an impact than many people expected.

Parnell has practiced the past two days and looks set to return on Sunday, so it’s likely the team’s run game can get back on track behind the big road grader.