The Jacksonville Jaguars have a long way to go before they can compete with the best teams in the NFL and at 3-7, they’re close to getting knocked out of playing contention in 2022. To make matters worse, there’s a good chance they’ll finish with a losing record for the fifth straight year.
But not everything has been doom and gloom for the Jags in 2022. In fact, they’ve had some bright spots and these three position groups are their biggest strengths at the midpoint of the regular season.
No. 3 Jaguars’ strongest position group in 2022: Middle linebacker
The Jaguars’ defense got off to a strong start, registering 10 takeaways in the first four games of the season. However, they’ve cooled down in recent weeks and their lack of turnovers has exposed their inability to stop the run and defend the pass. But they have a handful of good individual performances, including that of middle linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, who signed a three-year deal worth $45 million in the offseason.
Oluokun was named team captain before the start of the 2022 season and currently leads the Jags with 95 total tackles. He’s also registered a pass deflection and a sack. Next to Oluokon is rookie Devin Lloyd, the 27th overall pick in the 2022 draft.
Lloyd started the 2022 season with a bang, logging two interceptions and six passes defensed in the first three games. Although he’s struggled in recent weeks, he was at one point seen as an early candidate to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Behind Lloyd and Oluokun is Chad Muma, who played a season-best 25 defensive snaps in Week 10.
Muma could keep seeing an uptick in playing time if Lloyd continues to struggle but there is an equal chance he will bounce back in the second half of the season. One thing is sure though, the Jaguars seem to be set at middle linebacker for 2023.