Could FA guard Dalton Risner help the Jaguars address their O-Line woes?

• The Jaguars O-Line wasn't great in Week 2

• Maybe they need reinforcements

• Could signing Dalton Risner be an option?

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos guard Dalton Risner (66) against the
Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Denver Broncos guard Dalton Risner (66) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. One big reason was their offensive line play. If they want to avoid starting a losing streak, they'll need to fix things up front. The Bleacher Report staff believes that signing free agent Dalton Risner would be a step in the right direction.

Update: Dalton Risner has signed with the Minnesota Vikings, so nevermind.

The B/R staff look at every team's biggest need following week 2. They identified safety and cornerback as the Jags' most glaring roster holes even though they're set at both positions. On the other hand, they suggest they go after Risner, noting that he could potentially be an upgrade at left guard.

"The Jaguars have all of the necessary elements to be a dangerous team in January. Keeping Lawrence upright has to be a top priority, though. Ben Bartch came into the season as a bit of a question mark at left guard, and he didn't assuage those fears in Week 1, giving up a sack and earning a PFF grade of 48.1.

Dalton Risner is the best guard on the market right now and would be a clear upgrade. It's a worthwhile move to explore for a team with real playoff aspirations."

Risner, a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2019, made 62 starts over the last four years. He became a free agent in March and remains unsigned. Even though he's not a Pro Bowl-caliber player, he could most definitely come in and help Jacksonville or any other teams who need help at guard.

In the Jaguars' case, left guard was seen was as seen as a potential weakness in the offseason because Bartch suffered a knee injury last year and it was uncertain if he was going to be ready for the opener. He managed to return but he hasn't been great. Then again, he's not their only lineman who hasn't fared well.

Besides Bartch, center Luke Fortner, right guard Brandon Scherff, and right tackle Anton Harrison have also struggled. All of them gave up three pressures in Week 2. Granted, Fortner and Scherff were dealing with ankle injuries, so it's fair to assume they'll bounce back. Nevertheless, the Jaguars' brass should be less than thrilled with their offensive line play the past two weeks.

The Jaguars aren't probably a landing spot for Dalton Risner

Barring serious injury, it's hard to see the Jags signing Dalton Risner. They've had a chance to go after him but opted to go with their in-house options during Bartch's recovery. Another thing that could potentially prevent them from inking Risner is that they're going to get Cam Robinson back after Week 4.

Robinson is currently serving a suspension for violations to the league's PED policy. He's solely played left tackle throughout his career but once he returns, Jacksonville could move Walker Little to left guard if Ben Bartch continues to struggle.

On the other hand, there's a chance Bartch will eventually bounce back. He got hurt last October and missed most of training camp, so he may need a few games to shake off the dust and fully hit his stride.

The bottom line is that the offensive line is a concern, even if head coach Doug Pederson doesn't think it is. That said, there's plenty of time to fix things before they hit the panic button at Miller Electric Center. But for the time being, it doesn't look like Dalton Risner would be part of the solution.

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