No. 3 Jaguars player whose stock has crashed – A.J. Cann
Right guard A.J. Cann has been a fixture of the Jaguars’ offensive line since 2015, the year they made him a third-round pick. The South Carolina product has played 94 games with 95 starts during his stint in Jacksonville but he’s set to be a free agent, and there are several reasons why this may have been his last season with the Black and Teal.
Cann struggled early in the season and left Week 4 with an MCL injury. He’s been on the Injured Reserve list since then and it looks like he will be out for the year. Sophomore Ben Bartch took his place in the starting lineup and seems like a good bet to keep the spot for the remainder of the season.
If the Jaguars decide to move on from Cann, they can leave Barth at right tackle. On the other hand, they should also consider bringing in a free agent or using a mid-round pick on a prospect and have him compete for the job. Bartch has shown flashes and hasn’t reached his ceiling yet, but the team’s brass must revamp the offensive line next offseason. In fact, don’t be surprised if center Brandon Linder and left guard Andrew Norwell are the only returning starters in 2021.
Just like Cann, Norwell is slated to become a free agent in 2022 but he’s been the Jags’ best offensive lineman this season, which makes him more deserving of a new contract than Cann.