3. Jaguars S Rayshawn Jenkins poised to bounce back in 2022
The Jaguars made several important additions to their defense in the offseason but they are also expecting several players that were on the roster last year to show out in 2022. Among them is safety Rayshawn Jenkins, who is entering his second season with Jacksonville.
A fourth-round pick by the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017, Jenkins signed a four-year deal worth $35 million last offseason. He was expected to be a key cog in the Jags’ secondary and was named team captain by his teammates before the start of the 2021 season. However, his first year with the Jags didn’t probably go the way he expected.
Jenkins made 14 starts and logged 73 total tackles and three passes defensed. But he didn’t register a single big play and was even disqualified from the Jaguars’ Week 11 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers for punching opposing wide receiver Jauan Jennings. On the bright side, last year is in the rear mirror, and he’s worked on improving this summer.
The veteran safety intercepted one of Lawrence’s passes Wednesday and has made plays through training camp. Moreover, his 90.6 Pro Football Focus overall grade was the highest among Jaguars players in Week 1 of the preseason.
At this point, it’s hard not to see Jenkins bouncing back in 2022 and having the kind of impact he had in Los Angeles. He had a combined five interceptions in his last two seasons with the Bolts and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him pick off a couple of passes for the Jags this year.