Every NFL game is won or lost in the trenches. Offensive line play has been a sore spot for most Jacksonville Jaguars fans. These linemen are the force that moves the offensive juggernaut.
Seems like that the Jaguars’ o-line has resembled an old fashioned quilt. A patch here and a patch there make up the theme of each quilt. Doug Marrone has moved guys here and there to make up for various injuries.
In 2020, the Jacksonville are one step closer to becoming a playoff contender. Most of all, past draft picks will blossom into good NFL starting linemen. Let’s hope they can stay healthy all season.
As training camp opens, look for the biggest battle to be for the left tackle job. Cam Robinson and Will Richardson are in fierce competition to protect Gardner Minshew’s blindside. At the time of this writing, right tackle Jawaan Taylor is moved to the reserve/Covid-19 list.
Taylor’s predicament is a temporary set back. Expect him to be the starting right tackle in week 1. Andrew Norwell will be the starting left guard while Brandon Linder returns as the starting center.
The right guard is going to come down to A.J. Cann or Tyler Shatley. Ben Bartch could surprise everyone by winning the right guard job. He was around Fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jaguars fans need to keep an eye on K.C. McDermott. As a versatile lineman, he is the type of lineman that Marrone likes. He can play guard or tackle position. The other linemen on the roster will battle for practice squad jobs.
The key to a successful season is consistent blocking from each lineman. It will be interesting to see which players end up winning the right guard job. Let’s watch and see how it all plays out.
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