No. 1 player the Jaguars could trade before final cutdown: Jawaan Taylor
Right tackle Jawaan Taylor is currently entangled in a battle for the right tackle job with sophomore Walker Little. A second-round pick in 2019 Taylor has made 49 straight starts and has a strong chance to keep the streak alive in 2022.
Even though the former Florida Gator missed a few days of training camp with a hamstring injury, he bounced back without a hitch and has performed well in the last two preseason games, giving up no pressures on 30 offensive snaps.
Having said that, Taylor picked up penalties (13) at a concerning rate and allowed six sacks last year. He showed flashes as a rookie but hasn’t improved much over the last two seasons. Moreover, Little is getting acclimated to the right side and might have more upside.
It’s also worth noting that Taylor is set to become a free agent after this season, and the Jaguars might not have enough cap space to give him a contract extension to his liking. Meanwhile, Little is barely entering the second year of his rookie year, so he would be the more affordable of the two.
The Jaguars’ brass will continue to evaluate Taylor and Little but if the latter wins the competition, they could shop the former to a team in need of offensive tackle help such as the Las Vegas Raiders or the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, keeping both players would ensure the Jags have depth at offensive tackle but if their phone rings, they should listen.