JACKSONVILLE – They are leaders on and off the field.
They are the five players their teammates respect above all others, and Jaguars players on Monday made that status as official as possible.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, guard Brandon Scherff, linebacker Josh Allen, middle linebacker Foye Oluokun and punter Logan Cooke have been named permanent Jaguars captains through the 2022 season.
The players voted on the captains, with coach Doug Pederson announcing the five on Monday.
“It’s a special honor to become a captain,” Pederson said Monday as the Jaguars began preparing to play the Washington Giants in the 2022 regular-season opener at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday at 1 p.m. p.m.
Pederson, in his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach, has said he leaves permanent captains entirely up to the players’ vote with no input from him. Lawrence and Scherff are the two offensive captains, with Oluokun and Allen the two defensive captains and Cooke the special teams captain.
“That’s representative of the guys in the locker room,” Pederson said. “There’s obviously a lot of responsibility that comes with that.”
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, is entering his second season as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback. Scherff, an eight-year veteran who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March, played his first seven seasons with Washington and made five Pro Bowls in his first seven seasons.
“It feels great,” Scherff said. “This was one of my goals, to do everything the right way. I try to lead by example and for them to vote me as a captain is a tremendous honor for me. I do not take it lightly and I have. do everything I can for absolutely anyone in this building.”
Allen, the No. 7 overall pick by the Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft, is entering his fourth season with the Jaguars and made the Pro Bowl following his 2019 rookie season. Oluokun, a fifth-year veteran who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March, he played his first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and led the NFL in tackles in 2021.
“It was a really nice experience, for the guys on the team to look up to me and have the confidence in me to lead them,” Oluokun said. “I’m definitely playing for my brothers around me. For them to say that they trust me to lead them is the most respect. It’s another thing that I have to show. They called me captain, let me prove that I’m a good captain.kind of where my head is right now.
“I’m going to try to win as many games as possible as captain, get the guys in the right mindset, and show that I belong as captain.”
Cooke, a seventh-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft, has averaged 46.5 yards per punt in four seasons.
Pederson said that in addition to the five “permanent” captains he will name a sixth captain for each game at his discretion.
“I rotate every week,” he said.