Expectations are high for Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the 2023 season and rightfully so. Not only did they manage to keep most of last year's core intact but they also did a good job of adding depth to most position groups in the offseason. In fact, there are many reasons to believe that this year's Jags are better than their 2022 counterpart.
Knowing that Jacksonville has a good shot of returning to the playoffs and winning the AFC South title for the second year in a row, here are three dream scenarios for the 2023 season.
3. Jaguars bookend OLBs Josh Allen and Travon Walker have breakout seasons
Outside linebacker Josh Allen has been the Jaguars' best pass rusher since they drafted him seventh overall in 2019. However, you could make the case that he's still got room for improvement. Even though he was good at racking up pressures last year, he didn't create as many big plays as the top edge rushers in the league.
Allen did scoop up the fumble that helped the Jags came out on top against the Tennesee Titans in the finale but his sacks totals over the last four years could be much better. It's true that sacks aren't the only metric to measure a pass rusher's success or lack thereof but they aren't meaningless either. The best edge defenders often tally more than 10 in a season.
Heading into Year 5, it's fair to think that the Jaguars' brass wants better production from Allen. Similarly, Travon Walker, the No. 1 overall selection in last year's draft, had somewhat of a quiet rookie campaign but he's expected to make a leap in Year 2.
If Allen and Walker come through for the Jags in 2023, their pass rush will no longer be a question mark and will instead be seen as a strength. They both have shown flashes of dominance, it's now time they put it all together.