5 biggest underachievers for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2022
3. Jacksonville Jaguars underachiever in 2022: Devin Lloyd, LB
Can you really can linebacker Devin Lloyd an underachiever even though he logged 115 total tackles, three interceptions, and eight passes defensed? Absolutely. The former Utah Ute had several strong outings, especially at the beginning of the 2022 season.
In fact, he earned Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in September and was seen as an early candidate to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. However, he eventually cooled down and struggled to the point he was pulled in favor of fellow rookie Chad Muma.
Lloyd was far from a bust but his play left much to be desired in coverage, giving up 79 receptions on 97 targets (81.4 completion rate) for 795 yards and four touchdowns. Looking back, the Jacksonville Jaguars might have made a mistake when they named him the Week 1 starter opposite Foyesade Oluokun despite the fact that he missed a portion of training camp with a hamstring injury.
The Jags should’ve gone with Muma early in the season and let Lloyd earn playing time. They probably wanted to plug Lloyd into the starting lineup due to his first-round status but eventually did the right thing when they benched him at the midpoint of the season.
With one year of experience under his belt, Lloyd should make a bigger impact in Year 2. However, he might need to fend off Muma in training camp if he wants to be in the starting lineup in the opener.