The Jacksonville Jaguars had Jawaan Taylor and Walker Little compete for the starting job at right tackle in the offseason. Although the Jags already know who won the job, head coach Doug Pederson said that they wouldn’t reveal who got the nod yet.
If the job went to Little, Jacksonville could shop Taylor and listen to potential offers. After all, there are clubs that need help on their offensive line, and Taylor has plenty of experience playing the position. A second-round selection in 2019, the former Florida Gator has made 49 consecutive starts. In fact, B&T’s own Adam Laviano believes he should start for the Jaguars in 2022.
Although Taylor has struggled with penalties and has given up pressures at a high rate these past two years, he could help several NFL teams. In particular, these three should inquire about his services.
No. 3 team that should call the Jaguars about Jawaan Taylor: Cowboys
Tyron Smith has been one of the best left tackles in the league since being drafted ninth overall in 2011, and the Dallas Cowboys suffered a big blow when they learned he tore his hamstring in training camp.
Smith has been placed on the Injured Reserve list to start the season and will miss several months. The Boys are certainly worried about filling the immense void he left. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have gotten in touch with former Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, who is way past his prime and should be enjoying his retirement, not getting ready for one last ride.
2022 first-round pick Tyler Smith could potentially start at left tackle for Dallas even though he mostly took reps at guard in the offseason. Another alternative would be to trade for Jawaan Taylor.
John Shipley of Sports Illustrated reported Big D was interested in Walker Little (and might still be) but they would probably have to give up an early-round pick for him. Moreover, it’s highly unlikely that the Jaguars’ brass would want to part ways with him one year after drafting him 45th overall.
On the other hand, Taylor might be available. The only issue would be that he’s lined up at right tackle through his NFL career, so the Cowboys would have to move Terence Steele to the left side or plug Tyron Smith in at left tackle, and keep Taylor on the right side.