Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line 15th best in 2017 according to Pro Football Focus

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Cam Robinson Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 01: Cam Robinson Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images /

Despite not having many big names, the Jacksonville Jaguars had solid performances from most of their offensive lineman in 2017.

The Jacksonville Jaguars head into the free agency period without very many pressing needs, but one place they might be looking to upgrade is the offensive line.

The Jaguars were relatively healthy along the offensive line for most of 2017 and the continuity definitely helped to some extent. The Jaguars boasted statistically the best rushing attack in the NFL and they only allowed 24 sacks, tied for the third least amount in the league.

In general though, the offensive line was a quintessential case of the whole being greater than the sum of their parts. Individually, the Jaguars had some rough performances here and there, especially against top level pass rushers.

All in all, the line played well enough for Pro Football Focus to rank them as middle of the pack.

"15. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARSTotal pressures surrendered: 151Best player: Brandon LinderCombinations used: 14Jacksonville’s offensive line had a lot of success in run-blocking as the 1.95 yards Jaguars running backs averaged before contact ranked second in the NFL last season. The unit was anchored by Brandon Linder, who has established himself as one of the best centers in the league over the past couple of seasons as he did not allow a single sack all year. Right tackle Jermey Parnell has been consistently solid for a couple seasons as well and similarly to Linder, did not allow a single sack all season. On the other side, however, rookie left tackle Cam Robinson went through some growing pains in his first season in the NFL as he played 13 games in the regular season and was called for 12 penalties in these games while he allowed at least three total pressures in 10 games, including the playoffs."

Brandon Linder is emerging as one of the best draft picks during the Dave Caldwell era and hopefully he’ll start to gain more national recognition if he stays healthy.

Parnell has been criticized to the point where he’s now underrated. His absence during spurts last season was absolutely felt and it’s emphasizing the need for depth at the tackle spot.

PFF has been down on Cam Robinson since his first snap and it’s a bit confounding. He absolutely had a rough patch in the middle to late stretch of the regular season, but he held up well considering the amount of time the Jaguars left him alone along the edge blocking some very productive edge rushers.

Despite a statistically strong season, I expect the Jaguars to address the interior of the offensive line this offseason. The two guard spots are ripe for upgrades and I would expect at least one veteran and one draft pick added to the mix in that area.