Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 potential first-time All-Pros in 2021

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

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a top center in veteran Brandon Linder.

The Jaguars chose to bring back all their starting offensive line from last year. Although the decision seems curious at first, it makes sense when you consider that keeping the unit together will help them have a degree of consistency this upcoming season. The team also retained offensive line coach George Warhop, who is pretty acquainted with the Jags’ hog mollies.

It’s true that Jacksonville’s offensive line gave up 44 sacks last year but injuries played a role. New head coach Urban Meyer has put an emphasis on nutrition and getting players the best available resources, so their performance will surely go up in 2021. Center Brandon Linder has acknowledged things are different and they are getting everything they need to succeed because the team expects them to perform at the highest possible level, “we have more at our hands to help us show our potential on the field”.

Linder is one of the most tenured players on the roster, having played in Jacksonville since 2014, the year they made him a third-round pick. The fact he’s played for the Jaguars for so long in spite of the turnover speaks highly of the kind of impact he’s made. Last season, he allowed just four total pressures and posted a Pro Football Focus grade of 80.0, the third-best figures among centers in 2020. Also, he’s had a grade lower than 75.3 just once in his career. It’s time the seventh-year veteran earns the recognition he deserves.