JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' 2023 season was about more than numbers.
But make no mistake:
While the Jaguars' 2023 didn't end as well as it began, it still included some remarkable performances and remarkable statistics.
Here are five statistics that shaped the Jaguars' '23 season:
1. Franchise record for sacks. Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allenentered the 2023 season focused on turning his consistent high level of play and disruption into more impact plays – and on increasing his sacks total. Mission accomplished in a big-time way. Allen, the No. 7 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft, turned in the best season of his NFL career in 2023 – registering a career high 17.5 sacks along with 95 pressures. Allen registered five multiple-sack games, including three games with three sacks – at Indianapolis in a Week 1 victory, home against Atlanta in London in a Week 4 victory and home against Carolina in a Week 17 victory. Allen's sacks total tied him for second in the NFL behind T.J. Watt (19) of the Pittsburgh Steelers and he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. His 95 pressures ranked second in the NFL in 2023 behind Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys. Those were just a few of multiple impressive statistical accomplishments for Allen in 2023. His 17.5 sacks gave him 45 for his career, the most in franchise history for a player in his first 73 games. He also had 2.5 or more sacks in four games in 2023; Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is the only other player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. He also was credited with three or more quarterback pressures in 14 games in 2023, second in the NFL behind Joey Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers with 16.
2. Double digits. Jaguars second-year outside linebacker Travon Walkerfollowed a solid rookie season with one of significant improvement in 2023. The No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Walker emerged as a dominant player against the run early in 2023 and improved as a pass rusher throughout the season. Walker registered at least a half a sack in 11 of 17 games, including seven of the last eight, and finished the 2023 season with 10 sacks. He and Allen combined for 27.5 sacks, the most by any duo in the NFL in 2023.
3. Eight is great. Jaguars long snapper Ross Matiscikemerged as the NFL's best player at his position in 2023, earning Pro Bowl and first-team Associated Press All-Pro honors. Matiscik, whose 12 solo tackles over the last three seasons lead all NFL long snappers during that span, led NFL long snappers with eight solo tackles in 2023. He also during a Week 11 victory over the Tennessee Titans became the first long snapper since 2005 to record a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game. He registered that on the same play in the fourth quarter of a 34-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Jacksonville on November 19.
4. A thousand yards – again. Travis Etienne Jr.for a second consecutive season as the Jaguars' starting running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards, finishing season with 1,008 yards – the sixth-highest total in the AFC in 2023. He caught 58 passes for 476 yards, the second-most receiving yards by an AFC running back in 2023. Etienne also rushed for 11 touchdowns in 2023, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to run for 11 or more touchdowns in a single season (Maurice Jones-Drew; 2006, 2008 and 2009) three times), Fred Taylor (1998, 2009) and James Stewart (1999). His 1,484 yards from scrimmage ranked fifth among NFL running backs in 2023 and he rushed for two touchdowns four times. His 13 games with 100 or more yards from scrimmage over the last two seasons ranks second in the NFL behind Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.
5. Twenty-seven, back-to-back. The pass rush and consistency of Allen and Walker was one defining trait of the Jaguars' defense. Another? The ability to force turnovers. This was an emphasis for the unit throughout the past two seasons. The Jaguars after ranking fourth in the NFL with 27 takeaways in 2022 again forced 27 turnovers in 2023 – a total that ranked eighth in the NFL. The Jaguars forced multiple turnovers in eight games in 2023 and were 6-2 in those games.