The Jaguars averaged 4.2 yards per rush last season, which was tied for 11th in the league. However, they were behind Tennessee and Houston in rushing yards because they had to throw the ball a ton because they were always behind. Because of all the attempts, they were fourth highest in the league in sacks allowed with 51.
Luke Joeckel has not worked out at left tackle, and they have realized it which is why they brought in Kelvin Beachum from the Steelers. I foresee Beachum winning the starting job at left tackle and Joeckel may get moved to guard. For a left tackle, it is surprising that he usually looks better in the running game than the passing game.
Moving to the interior of the line, that might actually be where this unit might be strongest. They will get Brandon Linder back after he missed most of last season. He was their right guard but reports suggested he could move to center this season—which is always an iffy thing to do.
After Linder, A.J. Cann is a second year guard from South Carolina. He was thrown into the starting lineup last season but did okay. At the other spot, should Joeckel not be moved there, will be either Mackenzy Bernardeau or last year’s starter at center Luke Bowanko will get the job.
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Jeremy Parnell (another former Cowboy) is at right tackle. He is okay, but somewhat of a slow guy. He worked well in the running game but struggles in pass protection.
This group has to protect Bortles to keep him from developing David Carr syndrome. If they can, they could become the best line in the AFC South.