The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to take on the Miami Dolphins in the third preseason game of 2019 on Thursday night. It will be a nationally televised game and will be everyone’s first look at the first team offense and defense, including Jaguars fans. Head coach Doug Marrone has sat most of the starters through the first two weeks of the preseason, but on Thursday most of them will play, including the full starting offensive line.
The only question is; who will those five starters be?
“[We’ll] make a decision later on about how much we want to see,” Marrone confirmed this week that third-year left tackle Cam Robinson would be playing some amount of snaps as he continues his work back from a torn ACL that saw him miss the majority of 2017.
The left guard spot is going to be Andrew Norwell, who has also been banged up since week one and the center as expected will be Brandon Linder. The real intrigue on the offensive line is going to be on the right side.
I would expect that second-round pick Jawaan Taylor will get the start this week and will be expected to be the Week 1 starter. The team has been running various players out at right tackle through the first two games, none of them good, while Taylor has been dealing with a knee injury. With Taylor healthy, I would expect him to start.
The big question is the right guard spot, which has been manned by A.J. Cann so far. Cann has started both preseason games and has been just kinda “meh”. The interesting part of the position has been second-year player Will Richardson, who has pushed his way into the conversation for the position and some feel has even surpassed Cann. I wrote last week that Richardson deserved a shot to start at the right guard spot, as he’s certainly stood out more than Cann has so far, and Thursday should give him that chance.
I expect (hope) the Jaguars starting offensive line to look like this on Thursday night:
LT: Cam Robinson
LG: Andrew Norwell
C: Brandon Linder
RG: Will Richardson
RT: Jawaan Taylor