No. 2 Jaguars’ strongest position group in 2022: Offensive line
Trevor Lawrence has usually had enough time to throw the ball and Travis Etienne has often found wide running lanes and that’s thanks to the work of the Jaguars’ offensive line. Although the group was seen as a potential weakness before the start of the season, they’ve proven to be a strength.
Instead of taking Ikem Ekwonu or Evan Neal with the first overall pick in the 2022 draft, the Jags chose to bring back left tackle Cam Robinson on a three-year deal worth $54 million. To replace veteran Brandon Linder, the team’s brass chose Luke Fortner in the third round. He’s been a starter since Day 1 and has low-key had a fine rookie campaign.
Although the Jaguars lost left guard Ben Bartch to a season-ending injury, they have a solid replacement in veteran Tyler Shatley, who has been with the team since 2014.
To bolster their offensive line, Jacksonville signed right guard Brandon Scheff in free agency. Although the five-time Pro Bowl selection had a rough outing against the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s proven he was worth the three-year, $49.5 million contract he signed.
Having said that, right tackle Jawaan Taylor has arguably been the Jags’ most valuable offensive lineman this offseason. The former Florida Gator wasn’t particularly consistent in previous seasons but he’s having a career year and is putting himself in a position to earn a big payday next offseason. If he doesn’t return in 2023 (or if he misses time this season), Walker Little could take his place in the starting lineup.