No Jacksonville Jaguars player has earned an All-Pro designation since defensive end Calais Campbell and cornerback Jalen Ramsey did back in 2017 and it doesn’t seem like they will buck the trend this year. Nevertheless, Jamal Agnew popped up in the Pro Football Focus 2022 midseason All-Pro team as an honorable mention, and that should count as a small victory and a step in the right direction for the Jags.
Baltimore Ravens return specialist Ravens Devin Duvernay made the cut over Agnew and it’s hard to fault PFF for going with him. After all, Duvernay’s averaging nearly twice as many yards per punt return as Agnew. Moreover, he’s had two touchdown returns this season while Agnew hasn’t had one.
Agnew has been dealing with a knee injury this season but that doesn’t make Duvernay any less deserving, since he’s been the most productive of the two.
A fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2017 draft, Agnew signed a three-year deal with the Jags last offseason. He had two touchdown returns last year but had his season cut short by a hip injury. While he hasn’t been as productive in the return game in 2022, he’s played well on offense when called upon, logging seven receptions for 78 yards with two touchdowns.
Jamal Agnew is an important piece of the Jaguars’ return game
When healthy, Agnew is one of the best return specialists in the league. After missing two games, he was back against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 9 and had a pretty good return that gave the Jaguars a favorable field position and led to a touchdown.
Agnew landed several times on the Jags’ injury report with the aforementioned knee injury this season but it’s encouraging that he didn’t appear in this week’s and it looks like he will be a full-go against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Jaguars are currently a 9.5-point underdog for Week 10 and they’ll need all hands on deck if they want to have a shot at upseting the Chiefs. Having a healthy Agnew could certainly help.