Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 positions still in need of upgrades

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 27: Ronnie Harrison #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sacks Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets during the third quarter of a game at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 27: Ronnie Harrison #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sacks Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets during the third quarter of a game at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 24: A.J. Cann #60 of the Jacksonville Jaguars plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 24: A.J. Cann #60 of the Jacksonville Jaguars plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

Interior Offensive Line

The Jaguars have center Brandon Linder and two question marks along either side of him. How will Andrew Norwell play this season? Will a change at left tackle affect his play? And how does A.J. Cann improve this season? Will rookie Ben Bartch push him from the first day of training camp?

I believe the Jaguars fell short of adding more depth inside on the line. I know there is plenty of praise for the five players who started last season by the coaching staff, but I don’t see the improvement from 2018 they did. I see a team that did a better job of protecting the quarterback (only 41 sacks in 2019) but that had more to do with Minshew’s mobility than their pass protection skills.

There should be a few veterans who are released during camp and the preseason who may still catch Caldwell’s eye. Also, for what it is worth Larry Warford is still out there and worth the gamble.

The Jaguars will need a stronger, tougher line if Minshew must stand in the pocket and fire off short and intermediate passes. If he has to run for his life again this season, the game plan installed by coordinator Jay Gruden means nothing.