4. The Jaguars must fortify the offensive line next offseason.
This one is a no-brainer. The Jaguars have a potential franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence and the team’s brass must build around him. As important as it is to upgrade the wide receiver corps, the Jags must also revamp the offensive line. This year, they kept their starters from 2020 because they wanted the unit to have continuity. That approach made sense at the time but they have now had another season to evaluate their current personnel. It’s time they make upgrades.
Right guard A.J. Cann, left guard Andrew Norwell and left tackle Cam Robinson are slated to become free agents and the front office needs to decide whom they’re going to bring back. Re-signing Robinson at the right price would allow the Jaguars to turn their attention to the interior offensive line. They could lock Norwell and bring one of the top guards in free agency, such as Laken Tomlinson or Brandon Scherff.
Also, the team must decide what they will do with center Brandon Linder in 2022. The veteran is set to make $10 million in the last year of his current contract. He’s one of the locker room leaders and a team captain but he’s also missed 13 games over the last two seasons. Keeping him comes with pros and cons but moving on from him would free up $10 million in cap space.
Then, there’s the right tackle spot. Jawaan Taylor has struggled this season and isn’t showing signs of growth. The coaching staff could kick Little to the right side if they keep Robinson or draft a prospect such as Evan Neal of Alabama. Another alternative is to draft Taylor’s potential replacement but the one thing the Jaguars can do is stay put. They have to upgrade the right tackle position next offseason.