The Jacksonville Jaguars spent the offseason operating with a sense of urgency, going into a shopping spree in free agency and fortifying their defense with most of their picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. There’s no doubt their roster is in better shape than it was last year but they weren’t the only AFC that has made meaningful upgrades over the last few months.
The conference still runs through the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills but clubs such as the Las Vegas Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts also adopted an aggressive approach. Having said that, the Jaguars will take several steps in the right direction and will show considerable progress in 2022.
Although a trip to the playoffs is unlikely, there are other ways in which Jacksonville’s progress will be evident. With that in mind, here are five way-too-early predictions for the Jaguars in the 2022 season.
1. Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell will earn a Pro Bowl nod.
The Jaguars got a playmaker in cornerback Tyson Campbell but there are those (this writer included) that questioned his selection at No. 33 in the draft last year. The former Georgia Bulldog went on to struggle in the preseason, which didn’t help alleviate concerns. However, things would take a turn for the better.
Due to an MCL injury that Tre Herndon suffered in the preseason, Campbell was a Day 1 starter. He moved to the perimeter once the team traded C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers after Week 3 and progressively got better. He logged 10 passes defensed and led the Jaguars with two interceptions.
Campbell should keep improving the way he did at the end of the 2021 season and will become one of the league’s best young cornerbacks and earn a Pro Bowl selection.