The Jacksonville Jaguars revamped their roster in the offseason and brought in several veterans in free agency, including five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff. During an exchange with the media Friday, head coach Doug Pederson spoke highly of Scherff and the impact he’s had with the Jaguars.
“He’s just the ultimate pro, in my opinion, Pederson said. “This guy never takes a play off. Even when we take him out in practice for a rest here and there, he doesn’t want to come out”.
“Great communication with Luke [Fortner], and it’s just why you got to have those type of guys, especially in the offensive line, those veteran guys like that. His style, his caliber of play, the success that he’s had on the football field, and the accolades have come with that. Just a great asset to have in the O-Line room”, Pederson said.
A top 5 pick in the 2015 draft, Scherff spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Washington Commanders. He was slapped with the franchise tag for two straight years before signing with the Jags earlier this past offseason.
While the former Iowa Hawkeye has dealt with injuries over the last five seasons and has missed several contests, he’s started every game and has played every single offensive snap all but once in 2022. Moreover, he’s been his dominant self, giving up no sacks and posting a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 65.5.
The Jaguars’ investment in Brandon Scherff is paying off
Wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram get more attention because they play skill positions but you could argue that Brandon Scherff was the Jags’ biggest acquisition in free agency.
Sure, Jacksonville paid a premium for Scherff’s services but they knew they were paying for a proven commodity that would bring stability to their offensive line. Another added benefit of signing the 2020 First-Team All-Pro nod beside his play is the mentorship he’s provided to his younger teammates. Just recently, he told the media his trying to help them the way veteran players did during his rookie campaign in Washington.
The biggest concern surrounding Scherff was his availability or lack thereof. He missed 22 games from 2018 to 2021 and there’s still a chance he might not suit up for a few contests this season but that’s not been an issue thus far.
The Jaguars have a nice mix of veterans across the offensive line and while there’s room for improvement, there’s no doubt Scherff has become a key cog up front.