Brandon Linder is a bright spot in the Jacksonvile Jaguars offensive line.
Maybe you have heard it before, but offensive linemen get the least recognition out of all position groups in the NFL. More often than not, their work goes unnoticed and they only get the spotlight when they make a mistake. When they’re flagged for penalties such as holding or false start, the TV camaras will focus on them, but hardly will you see the same happen when they make a key block.
This is no different for Jaguars center Brandon Linder, whose performance has barely registered a blip at the national level. Looking at Jacksonville’s record, it’s not shocking to see him get snubbed though. If they were winning more often, they would get more national attention and in turn, it would be easier to spot and recognize Linder’s work.
Injuries certainly played a part in the veteran’s Pro Bowl snub, with Maurkice Pouncey fo the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ryan Kelly of the Indianapolis Colts getting the nod instead. After all, the Jaguars veteran center has missed five games in 2020 and is currently on the Injured Reserve List.
Nevertheless, Linder has been efficient when he’s suited up and allowed just one sack on 530 offensive snaps this season. Also, his 80.0 PFF overall grade is better than Pouncey’s 58.4 and Kelly’s 69.3. If the ‘Jags’ win more in 2021, their center could get the recognition he deserves and be named to the first Pro Bowl of his career.