2022 off-season power rankings: Where do the Jaguars land before training camp?
We have already seen how the FanNation network overlaps each team’s offseason. The biggest questions have been answered. The biggest moves have been made. Now the table is set for the 2022 season.
With the offseason over and training camp just weeks away, we’ve taken our turn in determining the landscape of the NFL’s upcoming season. Which teams are sleepers, who are contenders, who are contenders and everything in between.
So where do the Jaguars compare to the rest of the NFL before camp? We break it down below.
No. 32: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers have added some strong young players this offseason, but the roster is still one of the most limited in the NFL, Matt Rhule hasn’t proven himself to be anything more than a low-level coach, and Sam Darnold is still their quarterback.
No. 31: Houston Texans
The Texans haven’t made many hard-hitting moves this offseason outside of taking Derek Stingley Jr. at No. 3. Lovie Smith is a better head coach than he’s given credit for, but time will tell if David Mills is more than a usable flash. In the caserole.
No. 30: Chicago Bears
A year after Justin Fields struggled behind a poor Bears offensive line in a bad pattern, the Bears offense may have improved in pattern but arguably declined in overall offensive talent. The Bears have made no move to push them past that final level this offseason.
No. 29: Seattle Seahawks
Drew Lock and Geno Smith aren’t the answers. The Seahawks roster is in a weird spot right now, and bad quarterback play will only amplify that.
No. 28: New York Giants
The New York Giants made two excellent first-round picks and hired what appears to be a strong head coach/general manager duo, but they’re still recovering from years of mismanaging the roster. Also, Daniel Jones.
No. 27: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons roster is seriously lacking in places, but Arthur Smith knows how to plan an offense and they have some interesting pieces in the skill set and secondary.
No. 26: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars improved both their roster and their coaching staff this offseason, setting the team up for an improved season, especially from quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jaguars’ ceiling is still a mystery, but they have a good chance of raising their floor and becoming competitive if all goes well.
No. 25: New York Jets
The Jets have a strong roster in many areas, but they still have an unproven coaching staff and a quarterback who needs to prove themselves in a big way in 2022.
No. 24: Detroit Lions
Detroit is clearly the “good vibes” team in the 2022 offseason. A frequent pick to be a surprise team, I think the Lions are closer to that ranking given their secondary and quarterback situations, but they are a solid team that should improve this year.
No. 23: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have solid players in key positions on both sides of the ball, but their relative lack of depth combined with their new coaching staff makes them feel like a not-so-great team, but one that doesn’t. isn’t great either.
No. 22: Washington Commanders
Washington has a strong leader at head coach, but they have depth issues on both sides of the ball and a question mark at quarterback and defensive coordinator.
No. 21: Miami Dolphins
Miami has an unproven head coach and quarterback, but they have weapons on offense and defense and plans that should help either side of the ball.
No. 20: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers face depth issues and start either a rookie or Mitch Trubisky at quarterback, but they still have one of the best head coaches in the NFL in Mike Tomlin.
No. 19: Tennessee Titans
Tennessee ended last year on a low note and it looks like their roster has slipped this season. They have a good head coach, but has he ever been as good as he will be with Ryan Tannehill?
No. 18: New England Patriots
The Patriots have solid pieces on both sides of the ball, but their lineup is far from complete. Add to that the weirdness of their situation as an offensive caller and it seems fair.
No. 17: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have one of the most comprehensive rosters in the game in many ways, but Jalen Hurts has yet to prove himself as a quarterback while the defense needs to take another step forward.
No. 16: New Orleans Saints
They have strong pieces in defense, offensive line and skill positions, and Jameis Winston is underrated. Still, Dennis Allen is just OK as a head coach.
No. 15: San Francisco 49ers
A team that could finish even higher given their potential on both sides of the ball. The 49ers will ride and die with Trey Lance, but they have a head coach who can make it easy for him.
No. 14: Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are solid in every aspect, spectacular in none. They have a good quarterback, weapons and pieces on defense. If Josh McDaniels can coach, they’re in good shape.
No. 13: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are a solid team with a good head coach and a respectable quarterback in Matt Ryan. As long as they can get out of their own way, they should be able to ride out the bump this year.
No. 12: Cleveland Browns
The Browns should feel bad.
No. 11: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are stacked on both sides of the ball but… Mike McCarthy.
No. 10: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have depth issues to contend with after a year of injuries and big moves, but Lamar Jackson is still one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NFL in any given week and their defense looks legit. On paper.
No. 9: Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals have been looking to get over the hump for what feels like years now. This should be the year they do after retooling yet again this offseason.
No. 8: Denver Broncos
This is a projection as we have yet to see how Nathaniel Hackett runs a team as head coach and referee, but they have added a top quarterback and have talent in key positions.
No. 7: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals have arguably improved on last year’s roster. Joe Burrow has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks and the Bengals are here to stay.
No. 6: Los Angeles Chargers
It’s a projection of course, but Justin Herbert is a rare talent and they have the defensive and offensive pieces to make some noise.
No. 5: Kansas City Chiefs
Don’t bet against Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid. They may not have the most complete squad, but they are among the elite in the two most important positions.
No. 4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers won’t have certain key players at times this season that they had in previous years, but Tom Brady is still elite and their defense has the pieces to stay near the top of the NFL.
No. 3: Green Bay Packers
The Packers lost the NFL’s leading receiver, but they should have an improved front seven, another year of strong secondary play and another year of Aaron Rodgers being Aaron Rodgers.
No. 2: Los Angeles Rams
The returning champions might be in danger of a Super Bowl hangover, but they have some of the best players in the league at quarterback, receiver, defensive tackle and cornerback. Add to that their coaching staff and it’s hard to bet against them.
No. 1: Buffalo Bills
Elite quarterback, elite roster, elite coaching staff. The Bills change offensive coordinators, but they’re as good as they come.