1. The calming presence of veteran Brandon Scherff in the Jaguars building
Brandon Scherff was a Pro Bowl guard during his stint with the Washington Commanders but missed several games with injuries. In his first season in Jacksonville, he managed to start the full season for the first time since 2006. However, he wasn't nearly as effective as he was in previous years.
It's possible that an abdomen injury limited Scheff in 2022, so if he can stay healthy, he should have no trouble returning to the level of play that earned him a First-Team All-Pro designation in 2020. Having said that, Scheff's impact with the Jags goes beyond the football field and Doug Pederson talked about it during his latest exchange with the media.
"There's a calmness, especially having a rookie right tackle next to him", Pederson told the local media. "There's a calmness but there's a maturity level, he keeps things really simple and grounded. He's another one, that when you watch him, you don't see it but the way he comes into the building and the way he prepares himself for practice and gets his mind, right and all that," Pederson said.
"That's what pays dividends to the rest of the linemen. He's done it for so many years and he's been a pro at it for so many years, it's just his overall presence in that group. Just calms everybody down and does a nice job with," Pederson said.
As Pederson noted, Sherff's presence could help right tackle Anton Harrison while he gets the nuances of the position. Similarly, sophomore Luke Farrell will benefit from Scherff's guidance.