Trevor Lawrence is key to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ success in 2022, so it’s not surprising that he, along with four other players, was chosen as a team captain ahead of the regular season.
Doug Pederson told the media that players would pick the captains for this year, and added that there would be five, two on offense, two on defense, and one on special teams. On Monday, the Jags announced who got the nod:
- Trevor Lawrence, QB
- Brandon Scherff, OG
- Josh Allen, OLB
- Foyesade Oluokun, MLB
- Logan Cooke, P
This is the second straight year Lawrence is named team captain. Josh Allen also got the honor last year. On the other hand, Brandon Scherff and Foyesade Oluokun got the distinction in their first season with the Jags.
Brandon Linder and Myles Jack were both selected as captains last year but neither one is Jacksonville anymore. Linder hung up the cleats while Jack was released and later signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr., cornerback Shaquill Griffin, and safety Rayshawn Jenkins are still on the roster but didn’t repeat as captains this year.
Reducing the number of team captains was a good move by the Jaguars
Nobody would have batted an eye if Jones and Griffin had been named captains again and maybe they have gotten the honor if the Jaguars had seven like they did last year. Having said that, it’s a good thing that they only picked five in 2022.
After all, having more captains water down the value of the accolade and keeping the number at five makes it more special. Sure, a few candidates will be left out but as Syndrome, the main villain from Pixar’s The Incredibles, once said “If everybody’s team captain, nobody really will be“.
Also, special teams are often underlooked but the Jaguars recognize its value when they chose punter Logan Cooke as a captain.
With their captains set for the 2022 season, the Jaguars have checked off yet another box ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the Washington Commanders.