Veteran No. 2 that could give the Jaguars roster a boost: Will Hernandez
The Jaguars decided to bring back all their starting offensive linemen from 2020. The team’s brass believes that having consistency will help the unit perform better this upcoming season. Right tackle Jawaan Taylor and left tackle Cam Robinson certainly need to improve in pass-blocking situations.
On the other hand, guard Andrew Norwell, right guard A.J. Cann, and center Brandon Linder all missed time with injuries in 2020. They were out a combined 12 games, so the Jags must have adequate depth in the interior of the offensive line. They brought back Tyle Shatley and sophomore Ben Bartch could become a solid contributor down the road. However, they should consider kicking the tires on guard Will Hernandez if the New York Giants release him in the summer.
Hernandez was an enting prospect out of college. He looked like a building block early in his NFL career but was relegated to a backup role in 2020 after missing time after testing positive for COVID-19. The 2018 second-round pick has appeared in 49 games with 39 starts over his three-year career. In fact, he hadn’t missed a game until 2020.
Even though Hernandez posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 58.1 last season, he allowed just one sack and five hits. After being benched in 2020, he may be in need of a change of scenery. He could get it in Jacksonville.