4. G/T Jamon Brown (New York Giants)
A season ago, on the way to the team’s first playoff appearance since ’07, no team totaled more running plays and more rushing yards than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Led by rookie running back Leonard Fournette and some much-improved play by the offensive front, Doug Marrone’s squad averaged 141.4 yards per game on the ground. This past season, the team slipped to 19th in the same department (107.7 average) as Fournette battled injuries and the offensive line struggled.
As free agency approaches, the Jaguars have a total of seven offensive linemen (including right guard A.J. Cann) that could hit the open market. In other words, the team may not only have to replace a starter but replenish this group in terms of depth.
Massive Jamon Brown was a third-round draft choice by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015. But numerous factors led the 6’4”, 340-pound blocker to being released by the team last October, this despite being a 16-game starter for Sean McVay’s team in ’17. “It was all very disappointing, the way it went down, he explained last year to the Associated Press (via USA Today). “I never got the opportunity to make things right.”
Brown would wind up making eight starts for the New York Giants this past season and played solid football. It won’t be a surprise if that team finds a way to retain him over the next month or so. However, if the versatile four-year pro, who can play inside and outside, is indeed available, he could make for an intriguing addition.
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