In 2014, the Jaguars had to line up against the likes of the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens, as well as the Cleveland Browns. Three of the NFL's very best O-lines. This year they don't have to play against Dallas and Cleveland, so a much improved unit should have a better chance to compete.
1. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are about as good of an offensive line unit as there is in the NFL. Any line that can propel Justin Forsett north of 1,000 yards is a force to be reckoned with. Marshall Yanda might be the best lineman in the NFL and former Jaguars offensive tackle Eugene Monroe is no slouch at right tackle. Add in the talented Kelechi Osemele and the Ravens can compete up front with anyone.
If we assume that Cleveland's Joe Thomas is the best offensive tackle in football, Texans' left tackle Duane Brown isn't very far away. Brown has been a great player for years and he anchors a unit that keeps paving the way for Arian Foster. Ben Jones has inundated himself as the team's starting center and Derek Newton and Brandon Brooks are solid on the right side. The Jaguars defense has the advantage (or disadvantage) of lining up against these guys twice a year, so they at least know what to expect.
Whether Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady plays or doesn't, the Jaguars are still going to have to line up against a very good offensive line. Although Dan Connelly retired, the Pats still have a very capable tackle in Sebastian Vollmer, along with another former first-round pick in Nate Solder. Add in center Bryan Stork, who has a whole year of experience under his belt and talented rookies Tre Jackson and Shaquille Mason who will compete for snaps with Marcus Cannon and Ryan Wendell and the Pats should be loaded up front.
The addition of center Max Unger further strengthens a pretty solid Saints offensive line. We expect to see a bounce-back season from guard Jahri Evans and New Orleans used their first-round pick on Stanford tackle Andrus Peat, who can play both inside and outside. Add in capable tackles in Terron Armstead and Zach Strief and the Saints will be an improved unit up front.
The Chargers are another very improved unit up front as they signed away guard Orlando Franklin from the Denver Broncos and return underrated right tackle D.J. Fluker. Johnnie Troutman, Chris Watt and Chad Rinehart will all compete for the right guard position, and the team will rely on Joe Barksdale and King Dunlap to protect Philip Rivers blindside. Overall, this should be one of the most improved offensive lines in football.