No. 1 Jaguars surprise roster cut: Jawaan Taylor, RT
The Jaguars will feature a handful of intriguing position battles in training camp and the best of the bunch could turn out to be the one for the starting right tackle job. The team’s brass drafted offensive tackle Walker Little 45th overall last season but with Cam Robinson firmly entrenched at left tackle, Little might need to slide to the right side if he doesn’t want to watch the 2022 season from the sidelines.
While that sounds like an easy plan in theory, Little will have to face incumbent Jawaan Taylor, who won’t give up his job without a fight. A second-round selection in the 2019 draft, Taylor has started every possible game the last three years, and while availability is a premium in a game where players often have to miss time with injuries, his performance has left much to be desired.
Taylor showed potential as a rookie but has regressed in the last two years. Last season, he surrendered six sacks and 12 penalties, some of them at critical times. However, the former Florida Gator will get a clean slate under head coach Doug Pederson and offensive line coach Phil Rauscher, which could help him turn the corner. On the other hand, LIttle displayed flashes in his rookie campaign, especially in the last two games of the season, so he could have a realistic chance to unseat Taylor.
If Taylor loses, he could be the Jaguars’ primary backup at tackle but that spot could also be filled by Will Richardson, who returned this offseason on a one-year deal. While it makes sense to keep Taylor as a backup if he doesn’t start, the Jags will have other alternatives, making him a potential roster casualty.