4 biggest winners from the Jaguars shopping spree in free agency

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Assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher of the Minnesota Vikings at TCO Performance Center. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

No. 2 Jaguars biggest winner in free agency – O-Line coach Phil Rauscher.

After spending the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Phil Rauscher joined Doug Pederson’s coaching staff in Jacksonville. Rauscher will need to ensure that offensive tackle Walker Little continues developing in Year 2. Also, he will need to help Jawaan Taylor, who hasn’t lived up to expectations and maybe on his last chance to show he’s the answer at right tackle.

On the other hand, the cupboard won’t be bare and Rauscher will have plenty of talent at his disposal. The Jaguars applied the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson, who had a strong second half in the 2021 campaign and allowed just one sack. Also, the team’s brass signed offensive guards Brandon Scherff in free agency, who should be a massive upgrade upfront.

There’s the chance that center Brandon Linder won’t be around next season but the Jags have a contingency plan in place, having signed interior offensive lineman Tyler Shatley to a two-year deal before the start of free agency. Rauscher will be tasked with ensuring that whoever plays center will thrive.

The Jaguars’ offensive line gave up 32 last season and it will be up to Rauscher to lower that number in 2022. Also, he will be responsible for giving Trevor Lawrence optimal protection up front. Despite the fact that his unit will experience some turnover next season, he won’t be hurting for talent. In fact, he could even get more players depending on the moves the Jaguars make in the 2022 draft.