The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line in 2017 was above average, probably a lot better than most gave it credit for, but for the 2018 season it should be much better for a few reasons. For one, Cam Robinson started at left tackle as a rookie, and while he did a nice job, he will be one more season experienced and through a full NFL offseason problem. Brandon Linder is back full healthy, as is Jermey Parnell and AJ Cann has pushed off any competition so far. Oh yeah, they also added that Andrew Norwell guy.
The biggest thing however, is consistency. The Jaguars offensive line through training camp has been the same group of five, and it appears it’s going to stay that same group of five going forward.
“It is definitely true,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Nate Hackett said on Monday when asked if it was true the line has been consistent with the personnel this offseason. “I think even looking back at the OTAs we had a lot of movement in there. I give a lot of credit to Jermey Parnell. He has done a great job keeping himself healthy and being able to be out there. He has had a ton more reps working with A.J [Cann]. A.J. has been out there this whole time, which is great. [Brandon] Linder, [Andrew] Norwell, Cam [Robinson]. It’s great to see those guys continually work together, talk and communicate. Especially with the pace that we go at practice. It stresses them to have to talk all the time. I think that’s something that you see consistently getting better.”
In past seasons there has always been one or two open spots on the line and you’d see a lot of shuffling around, multiple times, and really not have anything settled until Week 1 of the regular season. You can tell when a line hasn’t gotten comfortable working as a unit, but for the 2018 season, it sure sounds like the offensive line is already building that unit mentality and will be ready to go in New York.
“It’s just great right now kind of where those guys are and kind of working together and improving,” Hackett said. “It’s just everything you see being more efficient. You guys know that’s what we’re always looking for.”
If the Jaguars can continue trotting the same five out through the preseason, with success on the field, they’ll be way ahead of where they were last season in regards to the line being settled and ready to go. The first few weeks of the season will be important to the Jaguars 2018 success, so the more reps they get together the better.