Brandon Linder PFF highest-graded Jacksonville Jaguars player vs Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder (65) Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder stood out against the Browns.

The Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line has been inconsistent in 2020. The unit has been able to hold its own at times, but it has also struggled to pass protect in crucial times. Nevertheless, they played well against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 and didn’t allow any sacks. Moreover, center Brandon Linder was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded Jaguar in Week 12.

PFF gave Linder an 81.3 overall grade and a pass-blocking grade of 84.6. The center played on every single offensive snap and didn’t give up a single pressure. He has a 79.5 overall grade for the year and hasn’t allowed a sack or a hit on 483 offensive snaps.

Center is one position the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t need to worry about.

Linder has thrived in both the running and passing game this season. He’s listed as the second-best center in the league and has been a bright spot in Jacksonville’s offensive line. Based on how he has played in 2020, don’t be surprised if he earns a Pro Bowl nod. He and rookie running back James Robinson are two of the few Jaguars offensive players who have a chance to get the selection.

Back in 2017, the ‘Jags’ made Linder the highest-paid center in the league when they gave him a five-year $51.7 million deal. He has missed 13 games since then but has become a staple of the team’s offensive line.

Also, Linder’s one of those rare Jaguars players that earned a second contract during former general manager David Cadwell’s tenure. Now that the team has parted ways with him, the roster will likely undergo many changes in the offseason, but the center will likely be part of the team’s long-term plans based on his performance.

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The Jaguars haven’t been very good in 2020, but don’t blame Brandon Linder for the team’s shortcoming. Week in and week out, he shows up on the field and performs at a high level.