The Jaguars defense could turn heads in 2022
By: Jake Rajala
The Jacksonville Jaguars nicely brought in a few unique profiles for their defense this off-season. It would be an understatement to say the Jaguars needed to improve a few areas on their defense. In particular, the Jags pass rush was below mediocre last season — as the Jags had 32 sacks (28th in the NFL).
The first overall pick, Travon Walker, will look to wreak havoc on the edge in a similar way as former DROY pass rusher winners: Nick Bosa (9 sacks, 16 QB hits, and 25 QB hits) and Chase Young (7.5 sacks, 12 QB hits, and 10 TFLs) made an impact in their first season. Walker has stated that his goal is to break Josh Allen’s rookie sack total: 10.5 sacks. Walker doesn’t only have confidence in himself, but the DC Mike Caldwell feels confident in the former first overall pick being a force in his rookie campaign.
I also honestly believe the Jags LB group upgraded this off-season. They lost Myles Jack, who recorded a dreadful 37.7 grade by PFF, but they should anticipate quality production from the rookie LB Devin Lloyd. The 6’3, 230-pound LB had a 6.38 draft grade and he also landed on Yardbarker’s pre-season all-rookie team.
The new-look Jags offense should have more success, particularly in their rushing attack. A healthy Travis Etienne and the sturdy James Robinson should untwine to be a terrific RB tandem. The Jags ranked 31st in Time of Possession last season, so it was clear their offense didn’t help their defense get close to enough rest. Assuming the Jags roll out an improved rushing attack w/ new muscle and swagger on defense, the Jags defense should make significant progress and make fans reminisce about the days of Sacksonville.