5 dream scenarios for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022
2. Jaguars edge rushers Josh Allen and Travon Walker total 20 sacks
After logging a subpar 18 sacks in 2020, the Jaguars registered 32 last year. While that amount was still in the bottom half of the league, it represented a step in the right direction. Outside linebacker Josh Allen was fully healthy after missing eight games with a knee injury the season before. Fellow edge defender Dawuane Smoot was also solid, posting six sacks. However, Jacksonville needs more disruption and sacks from their front seven in 2022. Based on all the moves they’ve made over the last few goals, it can be done.
The Jaguars signed Folorunso Fatukasi to beef up their defensive front and also brought back Adam Gotsis, a key cog in their rotation last year. The team’s brass also signed Arden Key, who had a career-high 6.5 sacks for the San Francisco 49ers in 2021. However, the most important addition Jacksonville made to their defense was arguably defensive lineman Travon Walker, the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
Walker was asked to do different things at Georgia but he will focus on rushing the passer in Jacksonville. It’s true that he’s unpolished as an edge defender and will most likely experience an adjustment period in the NFL but he has the tools to turn into a dominant rusher. General manager Trent Baalke doesn’t have a great track record at finding talent in the draft but has shown a knack for selecting pretty good defensive linemen.
If Josh Allen is more consistent in 2022 and Walker makes strides as a rookie, the duo might combine for 20 sacks.