The Jacksonville Jaguars and the AFC South as a whole have undergone significant changes over the last two years. In fact, only the Tennesee Titans have the same starting quarterback they had in 2020 but you could make the case they’re no longer the same team.
With training camp inching closer, it’s a good time to take a look at some talking points surrounding the division ahead of the 2022 regular season.
4. The Jaguars can indeed more than 6 games in 2022
You have probably heard talking head say that winning six games would be huge for the Jaguars, and it’s easy to see why. The team’s brass made upgrades to the roster in the offseason, most of them in free agency. But until they take the football field, it’s hard to justify ranking them above teams like the Tennesee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts, both of whom have had more success in recent years.
Having said that, the Jaguars have the potential to win eight games, possibly nine. Of course, many things would have to go their way but it’s doable. For starters, Doug Pederson has the team trending in the right direction and Trevor Lawrence will probably be the biggest beneficiary.
Pederson should be able to untap Lawrence’s potential. And with new weapons at his disposal, the former Clemson Tiger should make strides in Year 2. Also, Travis Etienne is back after suffering a season-ending injury last year. And if he can play the way he did in college, the Jaguars will have a dual threat on offense.
So Lawrence needs to improve and Etienne has to stay healthy. Similarly, the offensive line has to protect the young passer and open running lanes for Etienne. Last but not least, all (or most) offseason additions to the defense must gel. If (and that’s a big if) the Jags check all these boxes, they could win eight or even nine games in 2022.