We know the 2016 version of the the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line acted more like a collective turn style at Disney World than it did a unit meant to protect the QB and help the running game. Because of this, the Jaguars have already made some major changes to the unit in order to make sure the 2017 performance is a vast improvement.
They started by declining a contract option for left tackle Kevlin Beachum. They allowed a former #2 overall pick in Luke Joeckel move on to free agency. They then made the move to trade for Miami Dolphin tackle, Branden Albert, which won’t become official until March 9th.
On Tuesday, the Jags made another move, by singing Greg Van Roten who last played for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL according to Florida Times-Union. He does have some NFL experience, playing for the Green Bay Packers in 2012 and 2013 and pre season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
It looks like the reasoning behind signing Van Roten is because his coach when in Toronto, Scott Milanovich, is now the QBs coach in Jacksonville. There clearly is a trust between the two and Milanovich was able to convince the Jaguars brass that Van Roten is worth singing.
It will be interesting to see who else the Jags go after with regards to their offensive line. One thing is clear, they aren’t taking the status-quo approach this off-season.