By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on June 13, 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to be an ascending team after showcasing some noticeable improvement down the stretch of 2013. But they're probably still two or three seasons away from legitimately competing for a playoff spot. Here are five players whose struggles could hold Jacksonville back this fall.
After playing 230 snaps in a reserve role at guard in 2013, Mike Brewster is in line for a promotion in 2014 -- only at center. Mike Meester's retirement has left a void at center, and Brewster, with two seasons and 10 starts under his belt, will likely fill it. His play in those 10 starts, however, even if they transpired at guard, weren't particularly promising.
The Jaguars' desperation for another starter on their interior offensive line is expected to thrust third-round pick Brandon Linder into the fire as a rookie. While Linder has the tools to develop into a solid pro in time, his inexperience will likely show early on.
Some of Roy Miller's struggles in 2013 can be attributed to a shoulder injury he attempted to play through, but, frankly, he's never been an overaly effective interior lineman. The Jaguars bolstered their defensive line on the edges with Chris Clemons and Red Bryant this offseason, but Miller, if maintained as a starter, will continue to be a weak link inside.
I, for one, am not buying the Toby Gerhart hype -- at least not in Jacksonville, behind a likely shoddy offensive line. Gerhart has the physique to hold up in a bell cow role, but probably not the support to thrive. With a tough running style, he'll make the most of his carries at times, but I'm expecting fewer than 4.0 yards per carry given the Jaguars' shortcomings up front.
All indications are that Blake Bortles will develop behind the scenes as a rookie. Thus, Chad Henne is set to start his final season with the Jaguars and likely his final season as a No. 1 period. Even with some quality rookie additions at receiver, the loss of Justin Blackmon won't help Henne's cause. The Michigan product has seemingly always lacked the decision-making prowess to ever be a consistent starter.
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