Top 5 Jaguars the Miami Dolphins will face
By Brian Miller
Sep 13, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA;Jacksonville Jaguars guard Zane Beadles (68) and wide receiver Rashad Greene (13) and running back T.J. Yeldon (24) celebrate Green
The final piece to this puzzle is the Jacksonville offensive line. Not just one of them but the entire group. The Jaguars are a name brand along the line but no one person stands out as becoming elite. The Jaguars have done very well adding talented offensive lineman but to date it hasn’t helped. Last week against Carolina the Jaguars offensive line gave up five sacks and allowed the team to rush for a total of 96 yards. The Jaguars are still learning to play together but problems dot the line despite the pedigree of players that are on it.
Luke Joeckel is entering his third NFL season and despite his high draft status, 2nd overall pick, he has yet to become close to what the Jaguars envisioned. He missed a lot of his rookie season with an injury and last year while starting all 16 games came up short again of expectations. Joeckel will have his hands full this week with Olivier Vernon and Terrence Fede. Both of whom should be able to collapse the pocket from the outside.
On the right side of the Jaguars line are right tackle Jermey Parnell and Brandon Linder. Parnell was a very good player in Dallas who converted to tackle from guard. Thus far he has been the best of the Jaguars poor offensive line. Linder will have his hands full of Ndamukong Suh who should also see plenty of center Sephen Wiseniewski as well. Finally Zane Beadles, a target last off-season by the Dolphins is playing left guard. Beadles is very good in pass protection and Earl Mitchell needs a better outing than he had in week one.
Overall the Jaguars have a lot of talent on the offensive line but for whatever reason they don’t play cohesively and that leads to breakdowns in protection. The Dolphins need to exploit these breakdowns which will allow them to get to Bortles and stop the Jaguars sluggish offense.