The Jacksonville Jaguars are fortunate, compared to other NFL franchises this offseason, in that the majority of their impact players are returning under contract. So, I figured we would go position by position and look ahead to the 2018 season and go over who the Jaguars have, where they could upgrade and how much they’re spending at these various positions (2018 cap hits).
Let’s move to the offensive side of the ball and take a look at the offensive line.
The Jaguars starting offensive line I think is overall very underrated. The team did struggle to consistently effectively run the football against run fronts, but I’m not really going to kill them for that. That’s a tough task and you have to basically have a line full of absolute maulers to get that done effectively. The Jaguars did upgrade their line in the offseason however with the addition of Andrew Norwell and now left-to-right will line up with Cam Robinson, Norwell, Brandon Linder, AJ Cann (?) and Jermey Parnell. Their starting five should be more than good enough in pass protection and should be upgraded in the run game. They’ll be a workhorse once again for how the Jaguars want to play.
The Jaguars depth on the offensive line is a bit interior heavy, in the sense that their current backup tackles are Josh Wells and Will Richardson, the latter of which is a rookie. If one of Robinson or Parnell go down for any long period of time, it could get a little rough. On the interior though, the team is pretty deep. Richardson should be able to kick inside and may compete with Cann for the starting right guard position, plus you return guys like Tyler Shatley and Chris Reed. Also, keep an eye on undrafted rookie Tony Adams, who was Richardson’s teammate at NC State. Adams can play all along in the interior line and some thought he had potential as a future starting center.