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Top Offensive Storylines To Watch Heading Into the 2024 Season

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars experts – Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Kainani Stevens – are breaking down the Jaguars as the 2024 NFL season approaches; today: Offensive storyline to watch

Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars

  • Offensive storyline to watch: The offensive line. The addition of center Mitch Morse and re-signing left guard Ezra Cleveland are key. Add that to a healthy left tackle Cam Robinson and right tackle Anton Harrison, and that makes for a really good starting group. The push must be better and hopefully, it's a healthy group this year.

Jeff Lageman, Jaguars Analyst and Former Jaguars Defensive End

  • Offensive storyline to watch: The development of the offensive line. The big fellas have got to show improvement for the offense to have a balanced attack and keep quarterback Trevor Lawrence available.

Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director

  • Offensive storyline to watch: The biggest offensive storyline is probably who is calling plays. I've asked the question a lot this offseason. Head Coach Doug Pederson has been non-committal, but we all believe it will be offensive coordinator Press Taylor. I don't mind Taylor at all as the play-caller. I do think Pederson is an elite play-caller – and if I owned the team, I would need to hear a really good answer why a guy that won the Super Bowl and beat Bill Belichick isn't my play-caller. Since I think I know the play-calling answer, let's throw in the power run game as the biggest offensive storyline. That's something Pederson and the staff haven't figured out in the last two seasons.

John Oehser, senior writer

  • Offensive storyline to watch: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Yes, the run-blocking is a storyline. As is who will call plays, Taylor or Pederson. But the thought here is that the overriding and most important offensive storyline is the continued development/maturation of Lawrence. That maturation from this view mostly means reducing his turnovers, which mostly means reducing his ball security when under pressure. If he reduces very avoidable turnovers, and continues to develop as a decision-maker, that will go a long way to producing the offensive improvement this team needs.
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jaguars offensive lineman Cam Robinson (74) during OTAs at the Miller Electric Center on June 3, 2024

Brian Sexton, Senior Correspondent

  • Offensive storyline to watch: Can the Jaguars convert third and two? They were 32nd last season in short-yardage situations and their inability to get any push from the middle of the line of scrimmage said a lot about how their 2023 season went. They couldn't run, which meant defenses adjusted and shut down the passing lanes. The Jaguars therefore couldn't stay on the field, and it sent the offense off the rails. The addition of Morse and a healthy Cleveland should do the trick – and if veteran right guard Brandon Scherff struggles with injuries again, there is Cooper Hodges, who had a strong offseason, waiting. They must be able to move the ball a yard or two when they need it.

J.P. Shadrick, Reporter/Editor

  • Offensive storyline to watch: Can the Jaguars protect/support/assist Lawrence and move this offense forward? The Jaguars struggled in short yardage in 2023, so there is hopefully improvement there. In addition, with all the changes on the offensive line, Lawrence took a good bit of pressure last season. In turn, play-calling had to be adjusted to more quick-release, wider passing plays. Can this all work in tandem? Time will tell, but it all starts up front on the offensive line.

Kainani Stevens, Team Reporter/Producer

  • Offensive storyline to watch: Can Lawrence take that next step? Lawrence is surrounded by the most skilled wide receiver group he has had since being drafted into the league in 2021. At times last season it seemed the team was winning in spite of the offense, but that needs to change going forward.

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