Jaguars: 5 players other than James Robinson that must shine in Week 8

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaxson de Ville (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaxson de Ville (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Offensive guard Ben Bartch #78 of the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) /

James Robinson has arguably been the Jacksonville Jaguars’ most valuable player in 2021, and if he isn’t, he’s close to it. The former Illinois State Redbird is Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded running back since Week 3. His presence allows the Jaguars have a balanced offense.

Against, the Miami Dolphins, Robinson racked up 17 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown. He’s had that amount of yards or more in the Jaguars’ last four games, so he will likely have another good game against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8.

The Hawks’ defense ranks 30th in rushing yards allowed. Feeding Robinson the ball early and often would help the Jaguars have a shot at beating Seattle at home. However, he isn’t the only player the Jaguars need to thrive in Week 8. Here are five others that must perform at a high level if the Jaguars want to earn their second victory of the 2021 season.

Jaguars player that must shine vs. Seahawks No. 1 – OG Ben Bartch

Urban Meyer revealed on his radio show that right guard A.J. Cann is out for the year, via John Reid of Florida Times-Union. The 2015 third-round pick suffered a knee injury in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals and was promptly placed on the Injured Reserve list. Sophomore Ben Bartch stepped in his place and it looks like he will keep his spot for the remainder of the season.

Bartch exited the game against the Dolphins with the concussion but Meyer has said the second-year guard will play in Week 8. The 2020 fourth-round pick has played 130 snaps in the last three weeks and has allowed just four pressures and no sacks. Cann is set to hit the open market in 2022 and the Jaguars could let him walk if Bartch plays reasonably well in what’s left of the season.