Cann feels more settled in year two with Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As a third-round selection in the 2015 NFL draft the Jaguars expected to bring A.J. Can along slowly. That changed in a hurry when Brandon Linder was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Cann was thrust into the lineup where he started the final 13 games at right guard.
Now entering his sophomore campaign, Cann is much more at ease than he was at this time a year ago.
“I have a better understanding of what’s going on,” said Cann. “When I first came in as a rookie I was kind of lost in my way. Being here a year now I’m much more comfortable with what’s going on. I know what to expect going into next season.”
According to the Jaguars Cann didn’t allow a single sack in 2015, but pass protection was one of the areas he focused on during the off-season.
“That’s one thing as an offensive lineman that you can always get better at technique wise,” said Cann. “You can’t just rely on your athleticism to block a guy in the NFL. That just won’t cut it.”
As effective as the Jaguars were in the passing game last season, they were inconsistent establishing a running game. That’s been a big point of emphasis this off-season and Cann feels like adding running back Chris Ivory will help.
“I’ve watched Chris play before and even in practice you can see that he’s a physical back,” said Cann. “We want to be a lot more physical in the run game. Adding Chris to this offense is going to help us do that.”
Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone said that the plan for the Jaguars this season is to start their best five offensive lineman no matter their position. Coming off a solid rookie season Cann is penciled in as the starter at right guard. Now that Linder is healthy, he’s moving to center and Cann feels like that has been a seamless transition.
“He’s doing a great job,” said Cann. “He’s making great calls even though he’s still learning. He ask so many good questions and I really respect the great job he’s doing moving to center.”
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