The Jacksonville Jaguars have depth and talent at some position groups ahead of the 2022 NFL season but they also have a few weaknesses. Their offensive line might be the biggest one, and Ben Lindsey of Pro Football Focus would agree.
Lindsey and the PFF staff discussed every NFL team’s biggest weakness, strength, and their X-factor in the offseason, and they updated the list ahead of the start of the 2022 season. Trevor Lawrence was named their biggest strength and safety Andre Cisco their X-factor. On the other hand, their offensive line was dubbed their weakest link despite the fact that they brought back left tackle Cam Robinson and signed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff.
"Left tackle Cam Robinson is coming off a career-best 67.4 PFF grade in 2021 (31st among 39 qualifying left tackles) and that was enough for Jacksonville to give him a three-year extension worth over $50 million. That speaks to where Jacksonville’s offensive line is as a unit. Brandon Scherff was a quality free-agent addition, but that is balanced by Brandon Linder’s retirement at center."
Linsey goes on to say that the Jags’ offensive line is still among the weaker groups in the league unless they get better play from Robinson, Ben Bartch, and whoever starts at right tackle.
Offensive line might indeed be the Jaguars’ biggest question mark
The Jaguars revamped their roster in the offseason and have hoarded depth and talent at both cornerback and wide receiver. They also have a potential franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. They revamped their linebacker corps in the offseason and have a solid tight-end duo in Dan Arnold and Evan Engram. On the other hand, they have a few question marks across their offensive line.
Ben Bartch will tentatively start at left guard. The former St. John’s Johnny made 10 starts last year has gotten progressively better since being drafted in the fourth round in 2020. However, he’s not proven he’s the long-term answer at the position.
Rookie Luke Fortner has impressed the coaching staff and is slated to start at center. But he’s yet to play a game in the regular season game and like any other first-year player, he will most likely have a learning curve. Then there’s the right tackle spot. Walker Little and Jawaan Taylor competed for the starting job in the summer and the coaching staff has already chosen who will get the nod. However, they haven’t made it known as of this writing.
While the Jaguars’ offensive line has a couple of proven players and the group as a whole has the potential to gel, they have a few question marks ahead of the season opener against the Washington Commanders. On the bright side, they will be able to address them.