JACKSONVILLE – He's a third-year veteran. Already.
And yes, that indeed seems crazy to Jaguars right tackle Jawaan Taylor.
"I was just saying to my family the other day, 'Time's just flying by,''' Taylor said recently as 2021 Organized Team Activities presented by Baptist Health continued. "It's moving fast."
Taylor, a third-year NFL veteran selected by the Jaguars in Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft, joined senior writer John Oehser for this week's O-Zone Podcast. He discussed multiple topics, including the continuity on an offensive line that will return all five starters from the past two seasons: Taylor, right guard A.J. Cann, center Brandon Linder, left guard Andrew Norwell and left tackle Cam Robinson.
"It's very important," Taylor said. "Even when I came in, I saw the bond they had, the relationship they had – and since I've been here, the relationship has grown even stronger. Having a unit like that where everybody's so gelled together – and we all play together, play for one another – is always amazing.
"We all fight for one another. We all hold each other accountable. We all want to win. At the end of the day, we all want to play with each other."
Taylor, the only Jaguars player to start all 16 games each of the last two seasons, said his offseason focus has been as it always is – using the time off for a little rest and a lot of preparation.
"We have a new coaching staff in; I'm just really honed in and making sure I'm ready to go and healthy," he said. "I've been training every day and training two or three times a day. So, I've been on top of that."
Taylor said he spent time early in the offseason with Dallas-based Duke Manyweather's Offensive Line Scouting and Development.
"I'm just going out and trying to learn more," he said. "I was getting out with my training and trying to learn more from different coaches. I had the opportunity to go out there and be around other veteran players in the NFL and pick their brain a little bit. I've just been doing things in the offseason to better my game overall and become a better player."
Of Head Coach Urban Meyer, "It's been great. He came in and let us know what he expected. I just feel like the whole team bought into it and everybody's been loving it ever since. He's basically teaching us how to win and how to play together as a team.
"It's every unit going out there on Sundays and just playing their best. If our ten units outplay their ten units, then we'll win the game. He breaks it down and makes it easy for us and teaches us how to win."
To hear the entire O-Zone Podcast with Taylor, click HERE.