The Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of injuries last year, especially on the offensive line. By the end of the season there was only one Week 1 starter left on the active game day roster, recently re-signed right guard A.J. Cann, and the rest were back ups of backups.
As stated, it was simply a mess.
That’s why adding quality depth to the offensive line was a priority in both free agency and the NFL Draft — selecting Jawaan Taylor as the right tackle of the future was a big deal, but if you ask new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo he’ll pull Cedric Ogbuehi’s name out of a hat as someone he’s excited to see.
“I’m pleased with our depth on the O-line right now. I really am. I think we’ve had a couple nice additions. Cedric Ogbuehi is moving really, really well right now and playing well. Guys like that, I don’t want to say ‘surprised you’ because I saw what he did on tape. It wasn’t really surprising, but it’s been pleasant to see his athleticism. You see that on tape, but then you see it in person, as well. I brought up Ced, but there are a lot of guys I could mention that I think can give us a lot of depth on the O-line.”
It’s interesting that DeFilippo would start with Ogbuehi, who was only signed two months ago and isn’t expected to compete for a starting spot. It speaks to the fact that Ogbuehi has already stood out as a solid addition to the roster and his likelihood of making the 53-man roster after the preseason.