Jaguars 2022 midseason awards: Several players deserve recognition

Travon Walker #44, Devin Lloyd #33 and Dawuane Smoot #91 at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Travon Walker #44, Devin Lloyd #33 and Dawuane Smoot #91 at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) /
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Tyson Campbell #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

Jaguars 2022 midseason awards, most improved player: Tyson Campbell, CB

Cornerback Tyson Campbell struggled early as a rookie but he got better as the season progressed. He’s picked up where he left off last year and has gone on to have a pretty productive sophomore campaign, already tying his interception totals from 2021.

Campbell’s 73.0 Pro Football Focus overall grade currently ranks 23rd in the league and has done a good job of blanketing other teams’ wide receivers. He struggled against Davante Adams early in Week 9 but bounced back nicely in the second half and held him to just one catch for zero yards on eight targets.

Jaguars 2022 midseason awards, biggest underachiever: Josh Allen, OLB

Outside Josh Allen logged 10.5 sacks as a rookie back in 2019 but he was limited to just eight games and 2.5 the following season. Last year, he had stretches of dominant play but also disappeared at times. Nevertheless, he totaled 7.5 sacks and was even named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after the Jaguars dismantled the Buffalo Bills.

Earlier this year, Allen said he had set super high expectations for 2022 and while he’s been good, he hasn’t been able to join the upper-echelon of pass rushers in the NFL. His 33 total pressures rank 12th in the league but he’s not made enough game-changing plays, which is what elite edge defenders do.

You could argue that Allen has been doubled a lot this season but the Nick Bosas of the world get the job done regardless of how the resources opposing teams devote to stopping them. While Allen still has time to turn the corner this season, time is running out.