Offensive Line faces tough matchup in Chandler Jones & JJ Watt

Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor have tough matchups this weekend as the Arizona Cardinals come to town. Arizona has a high-flying offense and a tough defense. The Jacksonville Jaguars will have to win the battle in the trenches in order to win their first game of the 2021 season.

Taylor will primarily face old Jaguars nemesis, J.J. Watt. The Jaguars will have a slight advantage in that matchup due to Father time. Watt is not the same player he once was in Houston.

The matchup to watch is Robinson going against Chandler Jones. On paper, this looks like an advantage to Arizona. However, Robinson has a nasty streak inside which motivates him on occasions.

Analytically, according to Pro Football Focus, Jones has the highest grade of 90.5 to Robinson’s 63.7. Jones has recorded five sacks to lead the NFL. He got all five sacks in week 1 against Tennessee.

Robinson is better in pass protection than run blocking. He grades 63.3 as a pass blocker and 58.1 as a run blocker. Jacksonville might want to run behind Taylor to the right side of the offensive line.

Trevor Lawrence has been sacked once in each game. The Jaguars have protected him so far but the tandem of Jones and Watt will be a real test. One way to neutralize the pass rush is to run straight at them.

Physically, Robinson stands 6-feet-6 weighing 320 pounds, and ran a 5.15-second 40-yard dash. Jones stands 6-feet-5 weighing 265 pounds and ran a 4.87-second 40-yard dash. The speed and quickness edge goes to Jones by a slim margin.

Expect Robinson to get help from a tight end to corral Jones. Perhaps Jacksonville will run an early screenplay to cool the jets of Jones’s speed. The Jaguars have to disrupt Jones’ mindset of getting after Lawrence with some play-action and screens or even reverse with LaViska Shenault.

Jacksonville’s offensive line needs to have an outstanding game on Sunday. Robinson needs to manhandle Jones as much as possible. Most of all, the Jaguars need to win the game before traveling to Cincinnati on Thursday night.

How cool would it be for the Jaguars to win two straight games to become 2-2 for the season? Be sure to catch the current JJC podcast where Andre Moultry accurately discusses the Jaguars situation in each podcast episode.

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