Jacksonville Jaguars O-Line dubbed a potential area of concern in 2023
The Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line is in good shape ahead of the 2023 season. However, there are a few situations that could affect the performance of the unit as a whole. This has led Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports to believe the trenches might be an area of concern for the Jags.
Benjamin drew up a list of things he's learned about each team in the offseason and points out that Jacksonville has given Trevor Lawrence an outstanding arsenal of weapons. On the other hand, he wonders what kind of impact Cam Robinson's suspension and Jawaan Taylor's departure will have on the offensive line
"Trevor Lawrence is an ascending star QB and now he's got Calvin Ridley joining a cast that includes Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, and Travis Etienne Jr. Coupled with Doug Pederson's leadership and a feisty defensive front, they should be playoff material. But left tackle Cam Robinson is facing a suspension and right tackle Jawaan Taylor is gone, so the trenches are more questionable than you'd like."
The Jaguars have allocated significant resources to the wide receiver corps. Besides giving Zay Jones and Christian Kirk top-market contracts last offseason, they acquired Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons before the trade deadline.
Meanwhile, they let right tackle Jawaan Taylor walk away in free agency and drafted Anton Harrison in the first round to take his place. With Robinson's suspension looming, Walker Little will step in at left tackle. Left guard Ben Bartch's status for the opener is also worth monitoring.
Bartch dislocated his knee last year and might not be ready for training camp. If he's not ready for the opener, Jacksonville will probably go with veteran Tyler Shatley, who's got ample experience lining up anywhere on the interior offensive line.
The Jacksonville Jaguars O-Line isn't perfect but certainly not a cause for concern
The best way to describe the state of the Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive line is fluid. While the group will undergo changes, they should have no trouble making sure Trevor Lawrence is protected. Walker Little has flashed starting potential and the Jags didn't miss a bit when he started five games (including two in the playoffs) in place of an injured Robinson.
Last season, Little competed with Jawaan Taylor for the right tackle job and took things to the wire even though he was switching sides. In 2023, Little will be back to his natural spot on the left side.
With Little projected to play left tackle, Anton Harrison will line up on the right side. The rookie offensive lineman will undergo an adjustment period and will most likely have growing pains in 2023. However, he should have been fully acclimated by the end of the season. The alternative would have been paying Jawaan Taylor a premium and given the team's limited cap space in the offseason, it wasn't feasible.
It's also worth noting that the Jaguars' brass has also invested a vast amount of resources in the offensive line. Besides giving Robinson a long-term deal last year, they gave a top-market contract to right guard Brandon Scherff last year. Last but not least, they used their first-round pick on Harrison, even though they might have had bigger needs in the draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have made it clear that building around Trevor Lawrence and putting him in a position to succeed is their top priority. Although the offensive line will have a few moving pieces in 2023, it's not time to push the panic button just yet.