2. Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen most create more big plays in 2022
The Jaguars were the worst team in the NFL when it came to creating turnovers last season. They recorded nine and Josh Allen contributed with one, an interception against the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. He also forced a fumble against the San Francisco 49ers but they recovered it.
While Jacksonville can’t solely depend on big plays from their defense to win games, doubling their 2021 totals would help take significant pressure off the offense. That’s where Allen needs to step up and chip in with a few turnovers. He’s never had more than two in any of his three years in the NFL but must get four or more this upcoming season.
Colts linebacker Darious Leonard led the league in turnovers last year with 12 (eight forced fumbles and four interceptions). It might be a big ask to expect Allen to have as many as Leonard did but four or five forced fumbles and one interception seems like an attainable goal. After all, there were 12 defenders in the NFL that forced four forced fumbles or more in 2021.
Back in his rookie campaign, Allen logged two forced fumbles. He didn’t get any in 2020 but he dealt with a knee injury for most of the year and only suited up for eight games. You could also make the case that the Urban Meyer debacle affected his performance last season but if he stays healthy in 2022, he should be able to record four or more.