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2022 NFL Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars had high hopes for the first season, with rookie Trevor Lawrence under center and Urban Meyer calling the shots. But Meyer’s tenure in Florida was short and filled with drama both on the field and off. With coach Doug Pederson at the helm, this team hopes to move on from a disappointing season and compete in the AFC South.

Jacksonville Jaguars Odds

    • To win AFC South | +750
    • To win AFC | +6600
    • To win Super Bowl | +12500
    • To make playoffs | Yes +425/ No -625
  • Jaguars Offense

The biggest issue with the Jaguars last season was their lackluster offense. After all the hype surrounding Lawrence, his debut season was forgettable. The Jaguars finished the season ranked dead last in points per game and 27th in yards per game.

Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs out with his team prior to during a football game against the Cleveland Browns
Trevor Lawrence - Mike Carlson/Getty Images/AFP

Lawrence posted a brutal 59.77 completion percentage in his rookie season and looked nothing like the savior that Jacksonville was hoping for.

The Jaguars are putting a lot of faith that the acquisition of Christian Kirk will be the spark plug to ignite this offense. Running back Travis Etienne Jr. will get a chance to show the league what he has after missing his rookie year with an injury.

The trio could do a lot of damage if able to mesh early. The Jaguars could also rank among the worst offenses in the league if things go south again.

Player to Watch: RB Travis Etienne Jr.

  • Jaguars Defense

The Jaguars’ offense was the worst in the league in many regards last season, yet the Jaguars made improving their defense an offseason priority. The team made that clear by choosing outside linebacker Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Jaguars turned around and drafted another linebacker with the No. 27 pick in Devin Lloyd.

There are questions surrounding these picks, but the team will be better at stopping the run than last season. Teams barely threw on this defense last season because most were able to run right through Jacksonville.

Player to Watch: LB Travon Walker

  • Jaguars Team Strength

If 2021 is any indication, the Jaguars don’t have many strengths as a team. We still have faith that Lawrence can be a generational talent. But, if he doesn’t have an offense around him, we will see a repeat of last year. The good news is that the Jaguars have a lot of talent at skill positions such as QB, running back and wide receiver. The Jaguars’ offense may be a surprise breakout group if the line can keep it together.

  • Jaguars Team Weakness

The Jaguars knew that despite an awful season on offense, the real issues with their future were on defense. While they did a lot to address these issues, the Jaguars need more than two first-round draft picks to turn things around. At least they will be better defending the rush after finishing last season 29th in opponent rushing touchdowns per game.

If teams cannot run at the rate they enjoyed last year, this could expose a Jacksonville Jaguars secondary that allowed 7.1 yards per pass and ranked 30th in interception rate.

  • Jaguars Forecast

For a team that finished 3-14 last season, there is only one direction to go. While things could be even worse this season, we feel like the Jaguars will not squander the talent they have two years in a row. Etienne returning to this offense is a massive addition, and he should complement Lawrence and Kirk nicely. The Jaguars have some of the best young talent in the league; it’s only a matter of time before they turn things around and compete for a division title.

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