The 2022 Jacksonville Jaguar season has definitely been an improvement over the debacle that was the 2021 season. The 3–7 Jaguars have already tied their 2021 season-long win total and still have 7 games left to play.
Trevor Lawrence, who often looked lost in 2021, seems to be growing as a passer under first-year HC Doug Pederson. The offense as a whole has been much more productive in Lawrence’s sophomore season.
After spending big in free agency prior to the start of the 2022 season, and hiring a Super Bowl-winning coach, expectations were understandably higher in Jacksonville. That has not translated to a vast difference in the win column, but the improvement nonetheless is noticeable.
What will it take for the Jaguars to finally start collecting wins? There are 3 key areas that the team must address.
The Jaguars’ pass defense is allowing just shy of 250 passing yards per game, ranked 24th out of 32 teams. They are also allowing opponents to convert almost half of their third downs.
Finding a starting safety and outside corner are crucial for the team in 2023. Andre Cisco has improved in his 2nd year, but Rayshawn Jenkins has not lived up to his contract and could be a cap-casualty after the season.
Tre Herndon has simply not been good enough to be relied upon as a starting corner. Darius Williams has also not lived up to his contract after coming over from Los Angeles. The young defensive back trio of Tyson Campbell, Andre Cisco, and Montaric Brown has potential, but an infusion of proven veteran talent would go a long way.
Improve 3rd Down Defense
The Jaguars currently rank 24th in the NFL in opponent’s 3rd down percentage. The team is currently allowing opponents to convert 42.1% of 3rd down opportunities. This is a statistic that is not sustainable for a winning ball club.
The pass defense is not solely to blame here. Folorunso Fatukasi has been a massive disappointment in his first season in Duval. After signing a $30 million deal, the lineman has only managed 12 tackles and a 60.3 PFF grade. The Jaguars have to get better in the trenches for 3rd-and-short scenarios.
Improve Offensive Depth
The Jaguar offense has been much improved in 2022, but perhaps not enough to be…