Friday, September 9, 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Jacksonville Jaguars in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Who's on the hot seat: RT Jawaan Taylor

The 2019 second-round pick hasn't missed a snap in his three seasons but hasn't exactly flourished (he's given up 40 sacks in 49 games) and is facing competition from 2021 second-round pick Walker Little. This is Taylor's final year of his rookie contract, so winning the job could set him up for a potential extension. He missed the first couple of weeks of camp with a hamstring injury and has alternated first-team reps with Walker since his return. -- Rank: 29

Could this be this year's Cinderella story? We're not saying Jacksonville is about to go full Bengals and march to the Super Bowl, but when you consider a) everything that happened last year under Urban Meyer, b) all the resources poured into the roster this offseason, c) the very real possibility of a significant Year 2 leap for Trevor Lawrence and d) the relative meh-ness of the AFC South -- isn't it plausible that this team could be hanging around in the division race come December? It's one of those things you have to actually see before getting too amped up about the idea, but my mind is absolutely open to the notion that the Jags could become a thing in 2022.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

Look for Trevor Lawrence to take a big step forward this season. But it will be the defense that really shows improvement and makes them a tough out each week.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

The good news: Here's how pathetic Urban Meyer's year in charge was: a coach once caricatured as an ice cream-loving idiot savant is being presented as the adult in the room. And it's true! Once upon a time, Doug Pederson helped a second-year quarterback take the league by storm. Can he do it again?

The bad news: Even if the Jaguars tried to upgrade the offensive line and weapons surrounding Trevor Lawrence this offseason, they may not have tangibly done so. And unless Travon Walker plays like, well, the No. 1 overall pick, this defense looks ripe for the picking. But boy do they have a lot of linebackers.

Nugget to remember: Only poor Cam Cameron has a worse non-interim win-loss record as a head coach than Meyer. Nowhere to go but up!

The Ringer -- Rank: 24

You can't overstate just how much of an upgrade Doug Pederson is over Urban Meyer, and the higher the odds that Jacksonville's head coach won't kick his players or dance the night away in Columbus bars raises the floor and ceiling on the team's outcome in 2022. Trevor Lawrence has flashed a lot of the same limited brilliance we saw last year throughout the preseason, but with improved coaching and an upgraded receiver corps, those flashes should become more regular occurrences. The Jags might not dramatically improve immediately, but there's more certainty it won't all crash down overnight.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 26

Jaguars-Commanders in Week 1 is an interesting game. If the Jaguars do have a shot to be a breakout team this season, as many believe, this is a game they should win.

PFT -- Rank: 29

If they were in the NFC, they'd be a fringe playoff contender. In the AFC, there are just too many good teams.

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