Week Two Review: Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars

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I’m not aware of anyone who picked the Jaguars to win Sunday. A rookie quarterback facing a Vic Fangio defense isn’t exactly ideal. There’s an endless list of things I’d love to point out in this article, but I’m going to condense it quite a bit.

Offensively, Sunday was disappointing. There were major mistakes that just shouldn’t have happened. Defensively, there’s plenty to be optimistic about. This unit isn’t exactly Sacksonville circa 2017, but compared to last year’s edition there is major improvement. Logan Cooke is still good, Josh Lambo is still broken, and Jamal Agnew showed why he is considered among the league’s best as a returner.

The film tells the story. Buckle up, Jaguars fans.

Offense

Sunday wasn’t a great day for many offensive players. Trevor Lawrence looked like a rookie trying too hard and struggling to see the field. Laviska Shenault had a day to forget, perhaps the worst outing of his professional career. For all the talk about the team cutting talent at wide receiver, they gained virtually no separation against the Broncos secondary.

That’s not to say there aren’t positives worth pointing out. Even on a bad day, Lawrence made a handful of plays that demonstrate precisely why he’s been lauded by so many for so long as a potentially generational talent. Marvin Jones is proving to be one of the best free agent signings this team has had in recent memory.

The offensive line is a point of major disagreement between the team and the fanbase. On Sunday, at least, the powers that be looked right. Jawaan Taylor had arguably the best game of his career considering he was assigned future Hall of Famer Von Miller most of the afternoon. Not that they are getting the chance to show it often, but the unit is still solid when run blocking too.

Here come’s the film, for all you football nerds.

Sunday was just a brutal day for a player the team relies on so heavily in Shenault. He’s going to bounce back. The team just isn’t good enough to overcome a bad day by a prominent player.

Remember when people tried to act like not giving a rookie quarterback a true threat at the tight end position, or even a reliable safety blanket, was no big deal? Fun times.

Shenault was far from the only skill position player to struggle. Here, Johnson just get bullied by a rookie defensive back who makes a great play resulting in a turnover.

This was Trevor Lawrence’s second worst play of the day in my eyes. He’s as aggressive as they come and unafraid of any throw. This is a good thing. Passing up easy chunk plays for a low probability deep shot is not. Taking what the defense gives him is the biggest area he needs to improve, and quickly.

Whatever caused this hesitation needs to be figured out. It’s very on brand for the Jaguars to turn an easy completion for a big gain into a turnover. There will be plenty of days to show the highlights for the offense. This isn’t one. Too many fundamental issues across the board to justify the silver linings. It was a bad day.

Shout out to the offensive line though. They played very well, all things considered.

Defense

Joe Cullen was a home run hire as defensive coordinator. The improvement against the run is real, and impressive. The unit is near the top of the league in pressure percentage. The secondary is, and will remain, a work in progress.

DaVon Hamilton is a rising star at nose. Josh Allen is playing like the 2019 version of himself. K’Lavon Chaisson is showing legitimate signs of growth. Chaisson still has every chance to become a very good starter in this league.

Myles Jack isn’t playing as consistent as one would expect, but should be fine as his comfort level grows in the new scheme. The overall success of the defense hinges on the development of guys like Cj Henderson, Tyson Campbell and Andre Cisco. Until they are consistently good, the secondary won’t be.

Hamilton is good, y’all. Very good.

Right now, communication is a much bigger area of concern for the Jacksonville defense than talent. The development of the trio I mentioned above, and the return of Tre Herndon, should help tremendously.

Mobile quarterbacks are poison to a blitz heavy, man coverage centric defense like the one employed by Cullen. The Jaguars have opened the season against two quarterbacks very capable of escaping pressure and extending plays. *Checks Week Three schedule* More about that in another article….

What Have We Learned?

Some fans drank the Kool Aid and wore the teal shaded glasses and believed the addition of Trevor Lawrence alone could elevate this team from 1-15 to the playoffs. Others think the sky is falling, Urban Meyer is a few more losses away from a medical episode and a change in location from Florida to California. Neither is true.

The reality is this team isn’t very good. They are young, in their first year in new schemes offensively and defensively, and need more talent on both sides of the ball to join the ranks of contenders. Focusing so heavily on role players and special teams in free agency was a half measure for a team loaded with salary cap and a stark lack of game changing talent.

Try to enjoy the rest of the season. Adjust your expectations. Trevor Lawrence is going to be incredible. The team will improve as the season progresses. The Denver Broncos are a better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars, yet the game could have easily gone Jacksonville’s way.

If you are interested, check out my Twitter feed for a more thorough review of the game. It might be surprising how many game changing plays that could have drastically altered the game were left out on the field. Check back in later today or early tomorrow for the preview of Sunday’s contest with the Arizona Cardinals!

It’s a long season folks. The Jaguars are 0-2. Breathe. 15 more weeks of Jaguars football awaits.

Week Two Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars Host the Denver Broncos

Week One brought it’s fair share of surprises for fan bases all across the league. Move on. Let it go. You’ll be happier for it. It is a long season. There’s no reason to dwell on the Jacksonville Jaguars poor showing against the Houston Texans when there’s sixteen more chances at heartbreak and disappointment! Kidding, kind of, hopefully.

Tale of the Tape

Denver Broncos (1-0)

  • 420 Total Yards
  • 6.4 Yards per play, 5.9 yards per carry
  • 7/15 on 3rd downs, 3/3 on 4th downs
  • 0 Turnovers
  • Gave up just 3 yards per carry and 314 Total

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

  • 395 Total Yards
  • 5.8 yards per play, 4.8 yards per carry
  • 3/11 on 3rd down
  • -3 Turnovers
  • Gave up 3.9 yards per carry, 449 Total Yards

The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the advantage in the all time series record against the Denver Broncos 6-5

A Look at the Opposition

Von Miller during the Broncos' Week 1 game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on September 12, 2021. (Photo by Gabriel Christus)
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The Denver Broncos have one of the best defenses in football. Von Miller is one of the best pass rushers in NFL history. Bradley Chubb is a fantastic player on the other side. It has taken an injury to get top 10 pick Patrick Surtain II into the starting lineup in the secondary.

The defense is fast, physical and disciplined. Vic Fangio’s unit is masterful at disguising different coverages and blitzes. This is a tough, tough match up for any offense, particularly one led by a rookie quarterback. Keep an eye on Safety Justin Simmons, one of the very best at his position in the league right now.

Offensively, the Broncos are a different team with Teddy Bridgewater under center than the inconsistent Drew Lock. Bridgewater is much more suited to run Pat Shurmer’s offense and it was clear most of the offseason he was the preferred choice of the coaching staff. He rewarded their confidence with a 264 yard, two touchdown game with, most importantly, no turnovers.

Courtland Sutton is still working his way back to form from an ACL injury, but he is very dangerous. Noah Fant is a match up nightmare at the tight end position. KJ Hamler is a house call threat every time he touches the football. Rising star Jerry Jeudy will be out several weeks with an ankle injury.

The offensive line may be down a starter in Graham Glasgow, but the unit is solid. The running back duo of Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams is probably one of the best tandems in the NFL. Simply put, this Denver Broncos roster is very good. Many believe they are a franchise quarterback away from being legitimate Super Bowl Contenders.

Key Battles

As with any game, there are a few critical match ups that will have a drastic impact on the outcome and overall quality of the game. Let’s take a look at 5 key battles between the Broncos and Jaguars.

  • Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor vs. Bradley Chubb and Von Miller
  • Tyson Campbell vs. KJ Hamler
  • Jaguars front 7 vs. Broncos backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams
  • DJ Chark/Marvin Jones vs. Patrick Surtain II
  • DaVon Hamilton vs. Lloyd Cushenberry

Final Thoughts and Predictions

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off of a rough start to the season, performing poorly in a game they were expected to be competitive and able to win. They have to prove they can avoid beating themselves with mental mistakes and drive killing penalties. James Robinson must be able to get going, early and often.

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The offensive line allowed just one sack on almost fifty pass attempts, but the right side in particular didn’t exactly play well. For this contest to remain competitive, the unit must have a good day at the office. Dropped passes are another theme from Houston that cannot carryover.

Defensively, all eyes will be on Tyson Campbell with Tre Herndon officially ruled out by the team. He needs to put together a consistent game and reward the faith the team has shown him. The defense has said it’s game plan is to take away the running game and put the ball in Bridgewater’s hands. DaVon Hamilton, Damien Wilson and Myles Jack will determine if that happens or not.

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Overall, this is bad match up for a young Jaguars team. It’s not unwinnable by any stretch of the imagination, but what have the Jaguars done to earn a vote of confidence? Nothing. Perhaps I’d feel differently if they had performed to the level I expected last week. Trevor Lawrence is good enough to win these types of games, and at the very least, keep them in it.

Ultimately, the Jacksonville Jaguars are who they are until they aren’t. The franchise is beyond any moral victories. Their record says there are 0-1. I expect Teddy Bridgewater to play mistake free football and for the Broncos to leave Jacksonville 2-0. Broncos win, 33-24.

Week One Review: Jaguars at Texans

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They came, they saw, they got conquered. So rarely do teams get the opportunity to start a new era with as much optimism as the Jacksonville Jaguars were given. So rarely do teams coming off of fifteen straight losses have a chance to open the season against a team with as much turmoil and uncertainty as the Texans. Simply put, most expected the Urban Meyer/Trevor Lawrence tandem to start their respective NFL careers with a win. But, that’s why they play the games, right?

What Went Wrong?

In short, pretty much everything at one point or another. Procedural penalties, dropped passes, miscommunication and a forced abandonment of the run game put the offense and Trevor Lawrence in an impossible situation. Defensively, this team misses Tre Herndon.

Tyson Campbell may yet end up a fantastic player, but right now he’s not. Andrew Wingard playing vital snaps over rookie Andre Cisco was a predictable gaffe for the coaching staff. The pass rush actually had an impressive day generating pressure and harassing All-Pro journeyman starter Tyrod Taylor, but the veteran was able to escape and extend play after play.

The list could go on and on discussing what went wrong. Let’s look at some critical plays early in the game.

Damien Wilson and Tyson Campbell look uncomfortable and out of place here with a zone responsibility. Campbell must improve in this area, and several others, if he is to be the contributor he was drafted to be.

Communication simply has to better on the back end. Giving up easy completions like this to the Texans isn’t something this team can afford to do. Urban Meyer has already spoke of how narrow the margin of error is the NFL, and the Jaguars have less than most any.

This is the risk you run in a man heavy scheme against a mobile quarterback. Pressure is great, but if the pass rush doesn’t get home and the play is extended it really stresses a secondary playing man coverage. Griffin and Henderson are a fine starting duo, but they won’t hold up forever.

Will The Real DJ Chark Please Stand Up?

Dj Chark gets his own section in this week one review as a result of his play in the Jaguars match up against the Texans, and it’s for all the wrong reasons. Chark is absolutely vital to the success of the offense. His speed, big play ability and (usually) reliable hands are unmatched by anyone else on the roster.

Holding penalties that stall drives, dropped passes on third downs and getting handled by the likes of Vernon Hargreaves III cannot happen to Chark. In a year where strong play could earn him a lucrative extension in an offense that will challenges defenses vertically with balls thrown by Trevor Lawrence, he just has to better than he was Sunday.

This isn’t to say he didn’t make plays against the Texans or that I expect his target share to dry up. He caught a beautiful touchdown. He ran a good dig on third and long to extend a drive. His route running is crisp, and he has all the ability to be The Guy for Trevor Lawrence moving forward.

Sunday’s game was a rough start for DJ Chark. He resembled the guy who struggled mightily last year more than the 2019 version who posted a 1000 yard season. Tyron Johnson is going to be given the chance to be the recipient of some dep shots. Moving forward, Chark must play like the talent the team believes he is.

Is There Reason For Hope?

Absolutely. Trevor Lawrence is going to be the best quarterback in franchise history. Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell flashed some creativity with play calling, especially on first down. James Robinson is still a stud at running back, and one would believe holding penalties won’t completely dismantle the running game every week.

The run defense gave up less than four yards per carry to the Texans running backs. CJ Henderson and Shaq Griffin played well, excellent at times. Tyrod Taylor was pressured on a consistent basis and plenty of quarterbacks on the Jaguars schedule won’t be able to escape as often. Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson looked like a viable pass rush tandem for maybe the first time together, though the latter still has a long way to go.

Laviska Shenault is going to get his touches in this offense. Tunnel screens were called frequently on first down, and the play above was a great play call.

Using Trevor Lawrence’s mobility and comfort on these concepts is something the team must do more frequently. Lawrence said as much post game. Here, Lawrence reads the Cover 3 concept and puts the ball exactly where it needed to be.

DaVon Hamilton is going to be really, really good in this defense y’all.

Overall

If you won’t believe me, believe someone smarter than me. Lawrence made a litany of rookie mistakes Sunday. Three turnovers is a bad day at the office for anyone. Despite the struggles, he showed exactly why he’s been considered the best quarterback prospect in perhaps a decade.

He’s only going to get better with experience. He has the ability to elevate this Jacksonville Jaguars team beyond it’s perceived ceiling. Sunday was tough. Guess what? There are going to be weeks that worse. But there’s also going to be weeks that are so much better. Yes, there’s still plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the Jaguars.

Let me know what you think, Duval. I’m here for y’all. I want to be where you come for all things Jacksonville Jaguars. So, if there’s a specific player or part of the game you want a film breakdown of, just let me know!

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Match Up Preview

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Tale of the Tape

Jacksonville Jaguars

2020: 1-15 (15 straight losses to end season)

Defense ranked 31st, registering just 18 sacks

Offense ranked 28th, averaging 326 yards per game

Key Addition: Trevor Lawrence

Houston Texans

2020: 4-12

Defense ranked 30th, registering just 9 takeaways

Offense ranked 13th, averaging 375 yards per game

Key Addition: Tyrod Taylor

The Houston Texans lead the all time series 25-13

What’s Changed in Duval?

Short answer? Everything. Shad Khan brought in one of best collegiate coaches of all time, one with a stellar track record and a burning hatred for losing. Trevor Lawrence is one of the most highly regarded quarterback prospects of the last decade. A new, aggressive scheme defensively is noticeably improved in the front seven. The secondary, although young, is very athletic and filled with play makers.

The optimism around the team is as high as it has ever been. Sunday’s game in Houston marks the beginning of a new era. This is so much bigger than a week one divisional showdown on the road. There are no moral victories to be had when playing for Urban Meyer. The expectation is to win, whatever the cost.

A Look at Houston

Um, Houston? You have a problem. The Texans are one of the most talent barren teams in the NFL. Without going into depth and opinion surrounding the star quarterback, suffice to say without him the Texans are downright bad on paper. Marcus Cannon starting at right tackle, a last minute change at kicker, former Jaguar Chris Conley a starting receiver, times are tough for the Texans. First year Head Coach David Culley absolutely has his work cut out for him.

Tyrod Taylor is a veteran presence at the quarterback position, and he should be aided by a consistent run game. How much pressure the Jaguars generate in passing situations and how well they defend the run will dictate this game. Defensively, the Texans can make life difficult for an offense that hasn’t had a chance to gel quite yet. Whitney Mercilus has always been a problem for the Jaguars offensive line.

Very few situations would lead one to believe a team coming off of 15 straight regular season losses deserve to be favored, but this is one. The Texans are seemingly without any sense of identity or stability right now. Divisional games are always a bit unpredictable, but it is difficult to point to any phase of the game and argue the Texans are better right now.

Key Battles

As with every game, there are critical match ups that can greatly influence the outcome. Here are five of the biggest battles to watch on Sunday.

  • Jaguars OT’s v. Whitney Mercilus
  • Texans OT’s v. Josh Allen/K’Lavon Chaisson
  • Jaguars secondary v. Brandon Cooks
  • Texans secondary v. DJ Chark
  • Trevor Lawrence v. Texans DC Lovie Smith

Final Thoughts and Predictions

It is easy to get excited if you are a Jacksonville Jaguar fan right now. Why wouldn’t you be? However, let’s take off the teal colored glasses for a moment. The Houston Texans won 4 games to the Jaguars 1 a season ago. Much of the Jaguars fortunes rests on young players adapting to the NFL.

A brand new coaching staff and scheme on both sides of the ball will have growing pains. Trevor Lawrence will make rookie mistakes. The Texans are a veteran team who could easily force a game defining mistake or two. The secondary could fail in big moments. This is an NFL regular season game, and anything can happen. All the optimism in the world doesn’t change the fact that this team was the worst in the league a year ago.

But… I feel confident in predicting the Urban Meyer era starting in the win column. The defense will harass Tyrod Taylor and register 3 sacks and 1 takeaway. Trevor Lawrence throws for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Chark and Shenault. James Robinson breaks 100 yards on the ground and adds a score of his own. Oh yeah, and Lambo is automatic. Jags win, 27-17.

Jacksonville Jaguars Camp and Preview: Offense

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August 3rd will be the biggest test yet for the Trevor Lawrence lead Jacksonville Jaguar offense. Reports out of Jacksonville have been nothing short of glowing regarding the first #1 overall pick in franchise history. Last week, the secondary was exclusively in off coverage, a cautious approach as a result of some hefty fines levied against the team and Coach Meyer. Lawrence took full advantage and had stellar moments each day. Monday, Lawrence struggled a bit as the secondary was allowed to play press. Tuesday, all the training wheels come off as full pads and contact return to the practice field. While all eyes will be (rightfully) on Trevor Lawrence, let’s break down the current roster and decisions to be made in the coming weeks across the rest of the offense.

Quarterbacks:

Current: Trevor Lawrence, Gardner Minshew, CJ Beathard, Jake Luton.

2021 Jaguars Training Camp - Day 5
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to name a starting quarterback through 5 training camp practices. It is entirely possible that Coach Meyer doesn’t name Lawrence the starter for quite some time. However, he will absolutely be under center against the Houston Texans in the season opener. The intrigue at the quarterback position revolves around local icon Gardner Minshew. Minshew has produced enough quality performances that he expects to compete for playing time. While not likely to happen in Jacksonville, the former 6th round pick is among the absolute best back ups in the league and could start for a few teams. So far, Minshew has been clearly better than free agent acquisition CJ Beathard. Barring a trade offer better than a day 3 pick, the thought here is that Minshew will back up Lawrence this fall. Carrying 3 quarterbacks wouldn’t make much sense given the talent at wideout and the rotation desired along the defensive front. Look for Luton to be back on the practice squad.

Running Backs:

Current: James Robinson, Travis Etienne, Carlos Hyde, Devine Ozigbo, Dare Ogunbowale, Nathan Cottrell

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Robinson, Etienne and Hyde are all more than capable of being the primary back on game day. Given the roles planned for Etienne, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 4th back kept on the roster. Nathan Cottrell is a special teams stand out who made it to the active roster near the end of last season. Extremely athletic and versatile, he’ll be back on the practice squad if cut.

Tight Ends:

Current: Chris Manhertz, James O’Shaughnessy, Tim Tebow, Tyler Davis, Ben Ellefson, Luke Farrell

Plenty of observers thought the circus had come to town when Tim Tebow was signed. As it turns out, he’s just a bottom of the depth chart type player. Manhertz and O’Shaughnessy are looking the part and are likely entrenched at the top of the depth chart. Farrell likely earns a spot on the active roster. Look for the team to stash Tyler Davis on the practice squad if they add another veteran or keep Ellefson. I’ll believe that a roster spot will be wasted on Tebow when I see it. With full contact should come the end of the experiment.

Wide Receivers:

Current: DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, Marvin Jones, Collin Johnson, Phillip Dorsett, Laquon Treadwell, Jamal Agnew, Pharoh Cooper, Tim Jones, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Josh Hammond, Jalen Camp

The Jacksonville Jaguars have quite the variety and a ton of talent at the position. The top 3 are written in stone with Chark, Jones and Shenault. There’s a ton of competition after those for two or three roster spots. Agnew was signed for his return ability, and Cooper has shown he can be dangerous with the ball in space as well. Collin Johnson flashed as a rookie at times and is a big target who can be very friendly to a young quarterback. Treadwell is playing his ass off trying to get his once promising career back on track. Dorsett has the big play ability and speed that Meyer loves having around. Imatorbhebhe has had some strong moments already, and Jalen Camp has been a pleasant surprise when given the opportunity as well. Given the talent and style of offense being built, it’s a safe bet the team will keep six. Best guess? Chark, Jones, Shenault, Dorsett, Johnson and Agnew. Look for the team to try and get Camp and Imatorbhebhe on the practice squad.

Offensive Line:

Current: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, AJ Cann, Jawaan Taylor, Walker Little, Ben Bartch, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Derwin Gray, KC McDermott, Garrett McGhin, Austen Pleasants, Tre’Vour Wallace-Sims

2021 Jaguars Training Camp - Day 5
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Many observers expected the organization to overhaul the position group between free agency and the draft. Instead it’s more of the same. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, as the team was pretty transparent about liking the group they had and they retained Coach Warhop from the previous regime. While the assumption is the starters from last season will keep their roles, Coach Meyer has instructed the staff to evaluate everyone with the intent of pure competition.

Much offensive success will hinge on the continued development of Jawaan Taylor and Cam Robinson. Walker Little could push either for a job if they struggle. Ben Bartch could also push AJ Cann for the RG spot and it’s something I’ll be watching intently as camp progresses. The addition of Little could mean Will Richardson will be on the outside looking in. More on that later. Tyler Shatley has filled in admirably for Linder in past seasons and will be on the roster for that reason.

There’s a ton of excitement and buzz around the offense and it’s potential to be vastly improved with the addition of Trevor Lawrence and the talent at the skill positions. All the bells and whistles in the world won’t matter if this group isn’t rock solid week in and week out. Offensive line is the most important component for success, that’s true no matter how much the game changes.

Projected Offense

  1. Trevor Lawrence
  2. Gardner Minshew
  3. James Robinson
  4. Travis Etienne
  5. Carlos Hyde
  6. DJ Chark
  7. Marvin Jones
  8. Laviska Shenault
  9. Phillip Dorsett
  10. Collin Johnson
  11. Jamal Agnew
  12. Chris Manhertz
  13. James O’Shaughnessy
  14. Luke Farrell
  15. Tyler Davis
  16. Cam Robinson
  17. Andrew Norwell
  18. Brandon Linder
  19. AJ Cann
  20. Jawaan Taylor
  21. Walker Little
  22. Ben Bartch
  23. Tyler Shatley
  24. Will Richardson

But What If? TRADE MACHINE

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the unique position of having a few players that other teams may be willing to part with draft capital to acquire, particularly as injuries take their inevitable toll as camp progresses into the pre season. I don’t like throwing out trade candidates because the NFL isn’t Madden. However, this offseason is slightly different due to the personnel and coaching changes.

Gardner Minshew

As I mentioned earlier, Minshew has shown the ability to win football games at the NFL level. There’s a few teams he could start for right now to be quite honest. The signing of CJ Beathard is what makes this trade possible, albeit unlikely. Minshew is on a rookie contract, respected by his teammates and outperforming the other quarterbacks on the roster- #1 overall pick and generational talents not included. It would likely take a Day 2 draft pick for the Jaguars to part with Minshew.

Will Richardson

Richardson has been used inside and out by the Jacksonville Jaguars in recent seasons, and even started a pair of games at Left Tackle in the place of injured Cam Robinson last season. That kind of versatility and experience could make Richardson an attractive option for a team hit with a rash of offensive line injuries. The addition of Walker Little simply make Richardson expendable through no fault of his own. An early Day 3 draft selection in what looks to be a very good 2022 draft class could outweigh having a ninth lineman on the final roster.

Final Thoughts…

Here’s hoping the talk of open competition is more than just motivational coach speak in the hot summer sun. The offense should absolutely be improved over recent seasons, even with a rookie quarterback at the helm. One of the more exciting things to see is the inclusion of more modern schemes and route concepts that have been missing from passing game. The offensive line has to gel, and the best five need to be on the field. How the coaching staff chooses to use players such as Travis Etienne, Laviska Shenault and the mixed bag at the tight end position are going to be critical. Here’s hoping to a productive and healthy training camp. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Or just yell at me on Twitter, @HindenburgScout! Stay tuned for my defensive preview.

By the way… I am thrilled to be a part of the ATB Network, and hope you’ll give me a chance when it comes to coverage of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’m excited! #DUUUVAL