Two weeks into the 2023 NFL season, it's fair to say that the Jacksonville Jaguars haven't gotten outstanding play from their offensive line. While the sky isn't falling, Ryan Fowler of Bleacher Report believes they should've made it a point of emphasis in the offseason.
Fowler recently took a look at one position each NFL team should've prioritized in the offseason and believes the Jaguars should've bolstered their offensive line in the offseason. He then proceeds to highlight rookie Anton Harrison's struggles the last two weeks.
"The Jaguars' play up front has made quarterback Trevor Lawrence's job tougher. He's had bodies around his feet on nearly every dropback.
Jacksonville spent its first-round pick on Oklahoma offensive lineman Anton Harrison, but the rookie isn't the only one who's struggling. As a whole, Jacksonville allowed 20 pressures, 13 hurries and six sacks against the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, per PFF."
Harrison is not only making the transition to the pros but he's also adjusting to lining up at right tackle after playing on the left side throughout his college career. Not surprisingly, he's going to experience bumps and bruises. That said, he's not the only Jaguars offensive lineman who's struggled this season. Left guard Ben Bartch, center Luke Fortner, and right guard Brandon Scherff have also at times failed to hold their own.
The only Jaguars hog molly who has done a good job up front is Walker Little, who's filling in at left tackle for Cam Robinson while he serves a suspension for violations to the league's PED policy. In two starts, Little has allowed just one total pressure, showing he's a more than capable replacement.
The Jaguars have the pieces in place to fix their offensive line
There's no way to sugarcoat it, the Jaguars offensive line hasn't been great the past two weeks. Whether it's blocking for Trevor Lawrence or opening running lanes, they've been underwhelming. However, there are reasons to believe they can right the ship and do it without outside help.
Cam Robinson will be reinstated from his suspension after Week 4, so he could return to left tackle and Walker Little could move to left guard. Also, Brandon Scherff and Luker Fortner were dealing with an ankle injury in Week 2, which explains why their performance was less than ideal that day.
It's also worth noting that Ben Bartch missed most of the offseason recovering from the dislocated knee he suffered in Week 5 last year. He probably needs time to shake off the rust before he hits his stride and if he continues to struggle, maybe the coaching staff could give rookie Cooper Hodges a chance to see what he's got. He was placed on the Injured Reserve but he's eligible to return after Week 4.
Going back to Fowler's observation, maybe the Jaguars could've added someone in free agency. There were certainly some appealing choices such as offensive guard Nate Davis or Ben Powers. However, Jacksonville chose to go with the bird in hand. While the early results haven't been great, there's ample time to turn things around.
If the Jaguars' offensive line doesn't improve in the upcoming weeks, the team's brass should then start fretting. For the time being, they should stick to their plan and trust their players to perform at a high level.