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The 2023 Offseason: Little "ready to rock"

05.24 - Walker Littler Article

JACKSONVILLE – Walker Little is OK with the unknown.

He has experienced a lot of it during his first two NFL seasons. If there is more to come, he's OK with that, too.

"I don't really know anything," Little said.

Little, a third-year offensive tackle, smiled when he said that this week as the Jaguars began 2023 organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. That's because the topic was whether he considers himself a right tackle or a left tackle.

"We won't know until, I'd say, Day One," Little said Monday. "We start [Week 1] with Indianapolis. I guess we'll find out that then. It's fine. It's the business. Be ready to rock wherever they put you in."

He added, "I kind of take the approach that each day they'll tell me where to line up and I'll go line up there and play. It's the third year of doing it. A lot of things have been thrown at me at this point, so I think I'm pretty accustomed to it."

Little seems likely to have at least a touch of certainty early in 2023.

Cam Robinson, the Jaguars' starting left tackle from 2017-2022, reportedly will begin the 2023 season under NFL suspension for a violation of the performance-enhancing drug policy. Little is expected to replace him during that time at left tackle, where he started the final three regular-season games and two postseason games in 2022 with Robinson out with a knee injury.

"Obviously we don't want anyone to get suspended or hurt or anything," Little said. "We don't want Cam to miss time, but it's a chance for me to play and I'm excited about that."

It initially appeared early this offseason that Little would replace right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs. Little said he assumed nothing.

"I'll be honest, I've been in this for a little bit now," Little said. "I knew you can't really expect anything. I've kind of had that situation before, expecting to be in one place and popping over to somewhere else. At this point you just kind of learn to show up and see what they expect you to do.

"At the end of the day, all you can do is work hard."

Head Coach Doug Pederson this week said the Jaguars' approach along the offensive line – and at many positions – during OTAs is to experiment with various players playing various positions. Little said in addition to left tackle, he also worked at left guard Monday.

"It gives everybody an opportunity to play a lot of different spots," Pederson said. "Basically up until Week One, we move guys all over the place. You have to be ready to do that. When you get into the six, seven, eight linemen on game day, those guys have to fill multiple spots or maybe a starter moves to a different spot and they fill one of those outside spots. We cross-train a lot of different guys."

Little, who said he got practice repetitions at guard last season, also this offseason has assisted rookie first-round offensive tackle Anton Harrison – who is working at right tackle.

"Obviously, first and foremost you're focusing on yourself and your job and your role," Little said. "But any questions he has, we're all open books. We want everyone to be good. We want to help everyone out. We're going to do our best to be ready ourselves and get Anton up to speed with everything."

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive linemen Tyler Shatley (69), Walker Little (72) and Josh Wells (77) during OTAs at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL on May 22, 2023. (Kam Nedd/Jacksonville Jaguars)

And if Robinson's uncertain status to open the 2023 season gives his own status uncertainty, Little said that's something he can handle.

"There's definitely times where uncertainty can be a challenge, but at the end of the day, you're just blessed to be in this position, to be in the NFL, and to have a chance to play," he said. "I just feel blessed to be on a team like this with such great camaraderie, such a good offensive line room. It's such a good team that we're going to be able to compete for the Super Bowl. I'm excited for that.

"I think it's given me the ability to have a bit more versatility than maybe most guys and just the confidence of just knowing a lot of positions, kind of knowing the offense as a whole – to not pigeonhole yourself to one position but kind of learn the whole picture.

"I would say it's been helpful."


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View top photos from the Jaguars first day of OTAs, which took place at TIAA Bank Field.

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