4 Jacksonville Jaguars with the most at stake in 2021

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Will Jawaan Taylor be part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ long-term plans?

The Jaguars must have been delighted when Jawan Taylor slid to the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. After all, the Florida product was one of the top offensive tackle prospects that year but so far, the results have been mixed. On one hand, Taylor was a starter since Day 1 and hasn’t missed a game over the last two years. Moreover, he has appeared in every single snap. That kind of endurance and availability shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Nevertheless, Taylor took a step back in 2020 after showing promise the season before. Last year, he gave up eight sacks and 58 pressures after allowing a more manageable six sacks and 41 pressures in his rookie campaign. In the right tackle’s defense, almost every player on the Jaguars’ roster underperformed in 2020. There’s a new regime in place and it’s likely that the change will benefit Taylor.

On the other side of the coin, the Jaguars will surely want to know if Taylor will be part of the team’s long-term plans. A.J. Cann, Andrew Norwell, and Cam Robinson are all set to become free agents the following offseason. At this point, it’s unknown who will be back with the team in 2022. If Taylor plays at a high level this upcoming season, it will ensure there is some level of continuity in the Jaguars’ offensive line regardless of who stays. If he struggles, the team’s brass may need to start looking for his replacement.