The 2022 NFL season is edging ever closer – after a dramatic and chaotic offseason, eyes are firmly fixed on all 32 training facilities and fans are starting to make those all-important player projections.
During this time, experts make projections on the superstar players in the NFL. Projecting player performance is a big part of fantasy football and sports betting. There are leagues to be won and money to be made by getting projections correct.
There are many storylines developing as superstars, journeymen, and rookies embark on a new campaign. Players are reporting to training camps across the United States as the preseason work kicks off. With so many faces in new places, training camp becomes more critical this year as players adapt to new surroundings.
Clubs hope to lay the foundations for a successful season over the next six weeks. Players use these six weeks to prepare themselves for the arduous 17-week schedule. Training camp also allows fans and analysts a first look at the top players ahead of the new season.
Our NFL Player Projections for 2022
We’ve looked at the 2022 season ahead of time, and come up with projections for some of the players we feel really strongly about – for good or bad reasons.
The next few months will tell us whether we are right or not – in the meantime we are putting our reputations on the line by telling you what we think.
Joe Burrow Player Projection for 2022
Joe Burrow is a phenomenon in the making. In his third year as a pro, Burrow has the chance to do big things yet again after coming oh so close to a world championship in 2021.
The Ohio-bred quarterback led his Cincinnati Bengals to the Super Bowl in 2021, and Burrow could find another gear in 2022. The Heisman Trophy winner threw for 4,611 yards, with a touchdown to interception ratio of 34:14. Furthermore, Burrow finished 2nd in Next Gen Stats passer score, despite playing behind an offensive line which surrendered 55 sacks and ranked 30th in pass-blocking success.
The Bengals’ brass helped Burrow significantly in free agency by signing three new offensive linemen and kept its talented group of skill position players together – headed by Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon together.
Burrow’s supporting cast is arguably the best in the business, and with better pass-protection up front, the ex-LSU Tiger could threaten to break through 40 TD passes for the seaon. He should also be in the hunt to chase down 5000 passing yards. The over-under on Burrow’s touchdown rate currently sits at 34.5.
We expect Burrow to be a bona fide NFL MVP contender in 2022, and his figures to back that up.
Joe Burrow Projection – 4,821 yards, 38 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
Russell Wilson Player Projection for 2022
Russell Wilson’s trade to the Denver Broncos was arguably the most significant offseason move in the NFL. After a disappointing 2021 season, experts predict a significant bounce-back year for Wilson in Colorado.
The Broncos’ new head coach Nathaniel Hackett is a graduate of the Sean McVay/Kyle Shanahan/Matt LaFleur school of coaching. Hackett is a sharp-minded coach with a knack for elevating offenses. He will design an innovative, efficient offense in the style of his coaching predecessors.
Wilson is still a big-armed quarterback with a penchant for spectacular plays. In an offense crammed full of electrifying talents such as Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, he could take the shackles off a Broncos offense which is bursting with potential.
Therefore, Wilson’s touchdown to interception ratio should swell, as should his completion percentage. The current over/under for Wilson’s total yardage sits at 4,050 yards. An accurate passer, he rarely turns the ball over and should see a rise in touchdown passes in 2022.
Russell Wilson Projection – 4,321 yards, 31 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Jonathan Taylor Player Projection for 2022
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor erupted for 1811 rushing yards in 2021. The 23-year-old accelerated away with the title of NFL rushing leader, and he could do it again in 2022. Taylor’s ferocious acceleration and explosive feet make him a nightmare to defend. Adept at running inside and outside, Taylor is the best back in the NFL right now. Add all that to an offensive line which consistently ranks in the top 10 in run-blocking and power-running, and Taylor could smash his totals from 2021.
The Colts are a run-heavy team; they ran 49% of the time on first down in 2021. In short-yardage situations, Indianapolis handed the ball off 69% of the time. Taylor ranked 2nd in explosive running per Next Gen Stats – he breached the 15mph barrier 48 times last season. The Colts will again feed him heavily in 2022, and he should reciprocate.
Jonathan Taylor Projection – 2,121 yards, 14 rushing touchdowns
Davante Adams Player Projection for 2022
Davante Adams is the best wide receiver in pro football. He has proved it over the last three years, and he cashed in this offseason. The Green Bay Packers could not agree on a new long-term contract with Adams, and traded him to the Las Vegas Raiders. The move to Vegas reunited Adams with college team-mate Derek Carr. Carr is an excellent quarterback, and his chemistry with Adams should quickly turbocharge the Raiders’ passing game.
The former Packer will lead the Raiders’ offense in receptions and yards. Carr will force-feed Adams just as Aaron Rodgers did in Green Bay. With an offense guided by new head coach Josh McDaniels, the Raiders will routinely target Adams in simulated mismatches. Football Outsiders ranked Adams second overall in DYAR, only behind Cooper Kupp. Adams’ all-around ability makes him the ultimate offensive weapon, and he will be the focal point in Las Vegas.
Davante Adams Projection – 181 targets, 143 receptions, 1,632 yards, 12 touchdowns.
T.J. Watt Player Projection for 2022
Watt is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and he is also the best pass rusher in the NFL. T.J. registered 22.5 sacks in a record-breaking 2021 campaign. The Pittsburgh Steeler is a game-wrecking presence with speed, power, and relentlessness.
Watt is the perfect chess piece for the Steelers’ Blitzburgh-style defense which pressures opposing quarterbacks. Watt led the NFL in sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries in 2021. He is the 2nd highest-paid defensive player in the league, returning with his defense in 2022 to wreak more havoc.
The Steelers are the best pass-rushing team in the NFL, and Watt’s consistency should see him enjoy another stellar year in 2022.
T.J. Watt Projection – 17 sacks, 36 quarterback hits, 29 tackles.