No. 1 Jaguars player who doesn’t get enough respect: Josh Allen
Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2019. Similarly, he was recently named the team’s potential non-quarterback MVP in 2022, so his inclusion on this list might be a tad confusing at first but the truth is that the former Kentucky Wildcat doesn’t get nearly enough respect around the league.
Sure, Allen’s numbers don’t compare favorably to those of the NFL’s top pass rushers. In fact, he will have a hard time making the top 20 based on his production over the last two seasons. However, he’s been one of the most valuable players on Jacksonville’s defense over the last three years.
After exploding onto the scene in 2019, Allen was expected to be even better the following year. But a knee injury limited him to eight games and a paltry two sacks. Then, Urban Meyer was hired, who was supposed to get the most out of his players but the opposite ended up coming true, with Allen and others not living up to expectations.
Allen’s numbers weren’t that bad in 2021 though and he was outright dominant at times. But he wasn’t nearly as consistent as should have been. He’s aware that he has work to do ahead of the regular season but with more stability under head coach Doug Pederson and better talent around him, he will have a realistic chance to break into the upper echelon of NFL pass rushers.