Jacksonville Jaguars could be as good as their 2017 counterpart

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) and OLB Von Miller (58) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) and OLB Von Miller (58) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson #74 (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Jaguars O-Line is arguably better now than it was in 2017.

Questionable offensive line:  After the 2016 season, the Jaguars added just one new starter in the form of rookie Cam Robinson. The other starters were Patrick Omameh, Brandon Linder, AJ Cann, and Jeremy Parnell. Robinson returns in 2022, only now he is a seasoned veteran. This year’s unit also adds a new starter in Brandon Scherff, a significant upgrade when compared to adding a rookie in 2017.

There is also hope that Walker Little can upgrade the right tackle position, and that center will at least be a push with the retirement of an injury-riddled Brandon Linder and the drafting of Luke Fortner to compete with Tyler Shatley. There were questions surrounding both lines in both offseasons. But, optimism for the 2022 line is higher.

Win total expectations:  It’s awfully strange that the Vegas line for both the 2017 Jaguars and their 2022 version are EXACTLY THE SAME! It would be interesting under normal circumstances. But, with so many other similarities between the two iterations, it’s beyond interesting. It’s intriguing.

Plus there’s more! How about a rookie running back in Leonard Fournette vs. a “redshirt rookie” running back in Travis Etienne? And even if next year’s defense doesn’t quite achieve the superlative play of 2017, the offense shapes up to be much better overall with superior receiving threats to work with across the board.

So, take heart, Jacksonville Jaguars fans. It’s fair to temper your expectations. But, don’t feel so beaten down that you lose hope. 2022 is giving fans every reason to remember how they felt in 2017 before the season, and given all the similarities, there’s reason to believe it can live up to 2017’s reality.

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