The Jaguars should move Brandon Linder to guard:
It’s no surprise the Jaguars chose to resign free agent offensive lineman Tyler Shatley on Monday. Shatley is tied for the longest-tenured Jaguar with his o-line running mate Brandon Linder. Big #69 has started 18 games total for the Jaguars over the past two seasons and has started at least seven games in the last 3 out of 4 seasons. There is obvious trust with Shatley, and as the team looks to replace at least three faces on the starting offensive line this season, why not let Shatley start this season at center? The Jaguars need upgrades across the entire offensive line, and it’s not realistic to expect new faces at every position, but Shatley offers you a reliable stop-gap for at least this season. Rather than having to focus considerable money on multiple offensive line positions, the Jaguars should go full speed ahead for a top-tier free agent, and Brandon Scherff immediately comes to mind. Step One: Let Cam walk and sign Scherff. Step Two: Draft Evan Neal (or another tackle - see my second hot thought). Step Three: Insert Tyler Shatley at center, move Brandon Linder back to right guard, where he first played after being drafted by the Jaguars, and see what Walker Little has at right tackle. The final product is a fresh look at four positions along the offensive front but still enough continuity to expect good chemistry early in camp.
The Giants have become a legitimate trade-down partner:
What does it take for a team to want to jump to the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft? A franchise quarterback. As it has stood thus far, the consensus has been that there is not a quarterback (or player in general) that any team would be willing to move substantial capital for in order to move up to the first pick…until yesterday. Reports surfaced from ESPN on Monday that the New York Giants are unlikely to pick up the fifth-year option of quarterback Daniel Jones. With Jones going into year four, that doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to move on yet. However, the Giants enter this NFL season with new general manager Joe Shoen and head coach Brian Daboll. They have no loyalty to Jones, they have the capital to move up, and I believe there are enough quarterback-needy teams to dangle Jones out as trade bait. New head coaches want to have their quarterback questions answered as soon as possible, and if Matt Corral, Kenny Pickett, or even Malik Willis show out in whichever events they choose to participate in during both their combine and pro days, I believe the Giants could be legitimate suitors to trade up. The Giants hold the #5 and number #7 picks in the 2022 NFL draft, one of which they obtained through a trade down last year as the Chicago Bears moved up to take Justin Fields. I hope the cycle continues, and the Giants use that extra pick to move up and get a quarterback of their own for Daboll to work on developing. This is a hot thought I could get behind, as the Jaguars could move down to acquire more picks in this scenario.
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