No. 4 Jaguars training camp storyline to watch – Position battle at RT
The Jaguars made an effort to bolster their offensive line this offseason. Besides giving left tackle Cam Robinson a multi-year deal, they also signed right tackle Brandon Scherff to a three-year contract worth $49.5 million in free agency. If that wasn’t enough, they used a third-round selection on Kentucky center Luke Fortner in the draft.
Fortner might start this upcoming season but if he isn’t ready, veteran Tyler Shatley can hold his own at center. On the other hand, the situation at right tackle might be less clear. Jawaan Taylor has been the starter since 2019. However, he hasn’t shown he’s the long-term at the position and will need to compete with sophomore Walker Little this Summer to keep his job.
Little showed flashes as a rookie, making three starts. The first one was rough, as he surrendered two sacks. But he did much better in the second two, allowing just one total pressure in 71 pass-blocking snaps. Meanwhile, Taylor was flagged 12 times and gave up six sacks. The former Florida Gator will be entering a contract year, so he won’t give up his spot in the starting lineup without a fight.
One thing that could potentially help Taylor is that Little will be making the switch to the right side. That could give the incumbent a slight advantage but it’s hard to tell how the battle will play out.