The Jaguars took a major loss when Branden Albert, the offensive tackle who they acquired back in March through a trade with the Miami Dolphins, decided to hang up the cleats and call it a career. With this move by Albert, the left tackle position will most likely be taken by rookie offensive lineman Cam Robinson.
Even though the Jaguars now lack depth at left tackle, they are much better off with Robinson rather than having Albert as their starter. While Albert has been a starter almost his entire career, he has faced multiple injuries. Some he played through and some that caused him to sit out the entire season. He is also 32 years old, which means he most likely wouldn’t of been with the Jags long-term.
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This is a young Jaguars team that looks to be a contender very soon. They have the talent that can bring them to the playoffs. While having an experienced offensive lineman in Albert would’ve helped, it’s a better route to go with a rookie who was originally a top 10 draft pick during the 2017 NFL Draft and can help the team in a big way.
Robinson is a young rookie who has a high ceiling and room to grow. He is bigger than Albert and is also much younger, meaning that he’s more likely to be a long-term Jags player than Albert. He can help both the passing and running game. With his size and power, he’ll be able to keep defenders off of Blake Bortles’ and clear the way to allow Leonard Fournette to run wild.
The Jaguars will need to find depth at left tackle, but they shouldn’t be looking for a replacement for Albert because they already have Robinson. With Albert retiring, Robinson has the chance to prove he is worthy of being a starter in Week 1 and if he can convince Doug Marrone that he is ready, then Marrone will just need to find depth instead of a starter.