Catastrophe 3: The Jaguars offensive line fails to gel in 2023
The Jaguars gave left tackle Cam Robinson a long-term deal and brought in right guard Brandon Scherff last offseason. This year though, they chose to let right tackle Jawaan Taylor leave in free agency and drafted Anton Harrison to take his place in the lineup.
Although the offensive line was solid last year, they could be better in 2023 but that will be dependent on several factors. First, Robinson is set to serve a multi-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy and Walker Little will step in at left tackle. Little, a 2021 second-round pick, has flashed potential in eight starts (two in the playoffs) over the last two years but he'll need to prove he can hold his own on a full-time basis.
Harrison mostly played left tackle in college but he'll line up on the right side for the Jaguars. The transition is going well but he'll most likely take his lumps in his rookie year. On the other hand, sophomore Luke Forter and Scherff need to improve in 2023. The good news is that they'll be entering their second season under offensive line coach Phil Rauscher, so they have a chance to play better.
There's also left guard Ben Bartch, who's still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last year and might not be available for the start of training camp. If he ends up needing more time to rehab, the Jags will probably roll with veteran Tyler Shatley, who can play all three positions on the interior offensive line.
Either way, the Jaguars' O-Line faces several questions ahead of the regular season and they must find answers if they want to give Trevor Lawrence optimal protection.