5 potential Jacksonville Jaguars scapegoats if things go wrong in 2022
No. 4 Jaguars potential scapegoat if things go wrong: The offensive line
The Jaguars’ offensive line will be in transition after undergoing a makeover this offseason. And the best way to describe the group ahead of the 2022 season is a work in progress. After all, the team’s brass gave left tackle Cam Robinson a multi-year deal earlier this year. Similarly, they paid a hefty price for right guard Brandon Scherff in free agency.
Robinson improved in 2021 and had arguably the best year of his NFL career, posting a 76.6 Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade and allowing just one sack. Similarly, Scherff has made five Pro Bowls since 2015 and there’s a strong chance he will earn his sixth selection this upcoming season. Having said that, there’s some degree of uncertainty at the three other spots in the offensive line.
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor has underachieved over the last two years and will have to fend off sophomore Walker Little, who has no prior experience at the position, to keep his job. Tyler Shatley has performed well when called upon, making 18 starts over the last two years. But can he be the starting center on a full-time basis? There’s also third-year pro Ben Bartch, who will try to show he’s the long-term answer at left guard.
If Trevor Lawrence doesn’t have enough time to throw the ball in 2022 and the Jaguars’ running backs fail to find any open lanes, the offensive line will likely be the first ones to be blamed.