Jaguars Too-Early 2023 Season Awards: Most Improved Player, Josh Allen, OLB
The NFL doesn't give awards for most improved players but they should. After all, some players need time to hit their stride for whatever reason. Maybe the transition to the NFL was too much, or maybe they're changing positions. Regardless of the reason, it's not rare to see players put it all together in their third or fourth season.
Right now, there may not be another Jaguars player under more pressure to deliver than Josh Allen. Although he registered 10.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, he's only had 17 over the last three years. Make no mistake, the former Kentucky Wildcat can play. Just last year, he was the fourth-most effective edge rusher from true pass sets and ranked seventh in the league in total pressures.
However, the Jaguars need Allen to do more in 2023. It's true that they need to get him help up front and opposite of him. And If Travon Walker can take some pressure off his shoulders, Allen should be one of the most dominant edge rushers in the NFL and one of the reasons the Jags will do big things next season.
Jaguars Too-Early 2023 Season Awards: MVP, Trevor Lawrence, QB
This should be a no-brainer. Football is a team sport but no position has a bigger impact on the outcome of a game than the quarterback. The Jaguars have a pretty good one in Trevor Lawrence. Dubbed a generational talent and the best prospect to come out of the collegiate ranks since Andrew Luck, Steezy Trev had an underwhelming rookie year, completing less than 60 percent of his passes and throwing more touchdowns than interceptions.
However, Lawrence turned the corner once he got a competent head coach and a good supporting cast. His progress hasn't been linear though. He was good early in the 2022 season but also made several mistakes that cost the Jags a few games. Then, a switch flipped and went on to play like a top-10 quarterback the rest of the way.
Lawrence has gotten lots of attention and praise in the offseason and he'll get even more when he keeps improving in 2023. Whether he joins the MVP conversation or not, he'll solidify his place as the face of the franchise and his spot as one of the five best quarterbacks in the league.