You won’t hear the words Jacksonville Jaguars and playoffs in the same sentence often. In fact, the Jags have only made the postseason once since 2008, so it’s fair to look at them with skepticism despite the fact that they have a promising young quarterback in Trevor Lawrence and a head coach that won’t go dancing after a loss in Doug Pederson.
On the other hand, the Jaguars’ brass did a good job in the offseason of replenishing a roster that was in need of talent at most position groups. Moreover, both the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, the two most likely candidates for the AFC South crown, seem vulnerable.
Are the Jaguars a lock to make the postseason in 2022? Not really but they have a slim chance, especially if these five players manage to remain healthy throughout the season.
No. 5 Jaguars player who must remain healthy: Cam Robinson, LT
Left tackle Cam Robinson struggled to find consistency early in his NFL career. A second-round selection in the 2017 draft, he allowed 40 total pressures or more in three of his first four seasons with the Jaguars.
Nevertheless, the Jags applied the franchise tag on him last offseason and they were rewarded with Robinson’s best year as a pro. The Alabama product surrendered a respectable 31 pressures and just one sack on 573 pass-blocking snaps. He posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 67.4, a career-best.
The Jags were pleased with Robinson’s progress and gave him a multi-year extension early this year, ensuring Trevor Lawrence’s blindside is well-protected for the next three seasons.
When Robinson missed time last year, Walker Little took his place in the lineup and fared well. However, there’s a good chance Little will play right tackle this year, so it’s uncertain who would get the nod at left tackle if he goes down, and the Jags would rather not deal with that. For that reason, Robinson needs to stay healthy.