Joe Burrow struggles highlight the importance of solid pass protection

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow #9 (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars want to avoid a ‘Joe Burrow’ situation.

Trevor Lawrence is one of the most talented quarterback prospects in recent years and is giving Jaguars fans a reason to be optimistic in 2021. Thus, it wasn’t shocking to see the Jaguars make him the top pick in this year’s draft. Fortunately, the team’s brass knows that if they want their rookie quarterback to succeed, they need to surround him with a talented supporting cast.

Lawrence will have a myriad of talented wide receivers at his disposal. Also, the dynamic running back duo of James Robinson and Travis Etienne should take some pressure off his shoulders. The Jags also know the importance of having optimal pass protection. That’s why they brought back their starting offensive line from 2020.

The Jaguars believe that keeping the unit together will help them be more consistent and develop a better rapport. They have a stout interior offensive line, they just need left tackle Cam Robinson and right tackle Jawaan Taylor to make strides in pass blocking. In fact, the duo was named the team’s X-Factor ahead of the 2021 season. That’s how important they will be. If they step up to the challenge, Lawrence should have no trouble getting the ball to his receivers.

The Jaguars know they have a potential franchise quarterback in Lawrence and they are making sure he has everything he needs to flourish. On the other hand, the Bengals are showing what not to do when you have a young passer.

There’s a chance Joe Burrow goes on to carve a successful NFL career but things aren’t looking favorably right now. If Cincy had spent more resources on their offensive line over the last two years, we could be talking about him as an up-and-coming quarterback.

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