4 reasons why Jacksonville Jaguars could struggle in 2021
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive line doesn’t improve.
The Jaguars’ brass decided to bring back all their offensive line starters from 2020. They applied the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson and restructured the contract of left guard Andrew Norwell earlier this year. The team expects the current group to improve after allowing 44 sacks and failing to protect whoever was behind center. Although it’s feasible, this one can go either way.
The Jags are trying to build consistency up front. Thus, they retained offensive line coach George Warhop, who will be tasked with helping Robinson and right tackle Jawaan Taylor have a breakout season. Both players struggled last season and are entering a make-or-break year. On one hand, Robinson needs to show he’s the long-term answer at left tackle while Taylor needs to prove last season was a fluke and deserves to stay beyond his rookie year.
Robinson could be a late bloomer the way Garrett Bolles was for the Denver Broncos in 2020 and there’s a chance Taylor reaches his ceiling in 2021. Nevertheless, it’s not a given that both tackles will suddenly play at a high level and they could have a hard time giving rookie Trevor Lawrence enough time to throw the ball.
Rookie offensive tackle Walker Little could join the starting lineup if either Robinson or Taylor underperform in 2021. The Stanford product has plenty of upside and recently earned praise for Warhop. However, he’s never played a snap in the NFL, and expecting him to play at a high level right out of the gate is unreasonable.