Jaguars already have foundational pieces on the roster.
While many are rightfully optimistic about the additions and change in Jacksonville this offseason, the team already has a few cornerstone players in place. Here are a few Jaguars that should play a key role next season.
- Josh Allen – Despite only logging two sacks in games in 2020 due to injury, Allen’s 12 sacks in his rookie campaign were not accidental. Moving forward, the second-year defensive end will be the pass rush presence the organization relies on.
- Myles Jack – The fifth-year linebacker has truly had an incredible 2020 campaign. While he was not selected to the Pro Bowl, plays like the one below do not go unnoticed to the trained eye.
- Brandon Linder – Center Brandon Linder is one of the league’s elite when it comes to pass protection.
Prior to his Week 13 ankle injury, Linder led the NFL in the least amount of pressures allowed (4) from the center position. The man in the middle will be pivotal to protecting the young star Trevor Lawrence in 2021.
- Andrew Norwell – The 29-year-old guard is one of the NFL’s best pass protectors at the position. According to Pro Football Focus, Norwell holds a Top 3 pass protection rating (82.5) amongst those with 12 or more games in 2020.
- James Robinson – The undrafted rookie running back from Rockford, Illinois took the NFL by storm this season.
Robinson is an explosive player who has only scratched the surface of his potential and will lighten the load of any future Jaguars quarterback.
Those listed above are foundational players that played at a high level in 2020 despite the overall struggles of the team. The team also contains a plethora of youthful talent that had flashes of what they are capable of on various occasions. The Jags are a team that is prepared for a quick return to winning football in 2021 with the right direction and leadership.