One Jaguars Starting Job Competition Could Be Decided on Saturday

Larry Rupp
One Jacksonville Jaguars starting job competition could be decided on Saturday.
One Jacksonville Jaguars starting job competition could be decided on Saturday. / AP Photos/David Dermer

The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to take a step up in 2022 and that means seeing improvement from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. He'll have to stay protected to lead this team to victory, though. One starting spot along the offensive line could be determined during Saturday's preseason action.

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Head coach Doug Pederson told reporters that the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers is going to be big for the right tackle battle. Jawann Taylor and Walker Little are neck and neck at the moment. Keep in mind Taylor is the only player to see playing time at RT in any of the previous three seasons.

Taylor returned from an injury earlier this month and hasn't skipped a beat during practice. He has taken part in team drills, splitting reps with Little the entire time. Taylor allowed 6.0 sacks across 1,083 snaps in 2021. He struggled to play clean football, though, drawing 12 penalties in 17 games.

Meanwhile, Walker Little is aiming to take on a more prominent role after being on the field for only 224 snaps as a rookie. The 23-year-old was praised by offensive coordinator Press Taylor for his work during the first half of the team's preseason opener and Pederson said Little has been "outstanding."

Whoever loses out on this starting competition is expected to take on a swing tackle role for the 2022 season, instead. For now, Jacksonville enters Saturday night as a 3.5-point home favorite against the Steelers with odds set at -195 on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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