Jaguars OG Brandon Scherff making big impression in training camp

Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) at the Knight Sports. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars guard Brandon Scherff (68) at the Knight Sports. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars gave guard Brandon Scherff a blockbuster deal in free agency and they’re probably pleased with their investment after watching him dominate in the first padded practice of training camp.

Ashley Sullivan of the team’s official website said that Scherff showed on Day 6 of training camp why he’s a rich man and John Shipley of Jaguar Report said that he looked dominant against defensive lineman Adam Gotsis.

Scherff met with the local media and said that it felt good to wear pads, as it “makes it feel like football”.

"It’s nice to put shoulder pads on and actually just be able to make it feel like football. With shells, you’re going full speed but you still got to take care of each other. But with pads, you can get those real fits Phil [Rauscher] always talks about in meetings, so it’s nice to be able to get that fit, get the real handles and shoulder pads and stuff. We got a pretty good group and we’re excited to just keep staking one day at a time."

The Jags made several splash signings in free agency and Scherff was arguably the biggest one. The former Iowa Hawkey was drafted fifth overall by the Washington Commanders in 2015 and signed a three-year deal worth $49.5 million with Jacksonville this offseason after getting slapped with the franchise tag for two consecutive years. Here’s Scherff’s exchange with the media in case you want to give it a look.

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Scherff has earned five Pro Bowls throughout his career and he should have no trouble making the sixth in 2022 if he manages to stay healthy. On top of that, he got a First-Team All-Pro designation in 2020, so nobody batted an eye when the Jaguars paid top-market money for him.

The biggest concern surrounding Scherff is the fact that he hasn’t started a full season since 2016. He’s had to sit out 25 games over the last five games, and it wouldn’t be particularly surprise him to miss a bit of time this upcoming season. In fact, the Jaguars probably expect to be without him at some point of the season but it shouldn’t be a cause for concern as long as it isn’t an extended period of time.

The Jaguars haven’t had any of their players earn a Pro Bowl selection since 2019 but Scherff should have no trouble putting an end to the streak if he plays in the regular season the way he did on the first day of padded practices.

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