Jaguars S Rayshawn Jenkins describes Trevor Lawrence as ‘special’
The Jacksonville Jaguars revamped their roster in free agency and one of their most meaningful additions was Rayshawn Jenkins. The former Los Angeles Chargers safety recently shared his thoughts about the potential first overall pick and his new head coach.
Jenkins told Kassidy Hill of Jaguar Report that he sees similarities between Trevor Lawrence, whom the Jaguars are projected to select with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and Justin Herbert, last year’s Offensive Rookie of the year and Jenkins teammate, “I don’t think he’ll flop, I think he like Herbert”.
Later, Jenkins goes on to say that he and his Bolts teammates believed Herbert was the man, “from the first play”. He explains that the Oregon product was unfazed when he was thrown into the starting lineup in the Chargers’ Week2 matchup once it was clear quarterback Tyrod Taylor couldn’t play — they later learned he had suffered a punctured lung just before kickoff.
The safety recalls that after Herbert scored on a 4-yard run, the quarterback didn’t celebrate and just went back to the sideline. He describes Lawrence as ‘special’ and believes that he compares well to Herbert, “they remind me of each other”.
"I don’t know Trevor, but just watching him, just his pocket presence, being able to deliver balls still getting hit and not really too much shying away from contact."
Rayshawn Jenkins also praised Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer.
Jenkins also had positive things to say about the Jaguars and Meyer. The 2017 fourth-round pick believes that the Jags are a better run franchise and more organized than the Chargers, his former team, and gives the former Florida and Ohio State head coach credit for that.
While Meyer has been on the job for just a few months, the positive impact he’s had on the franchise is noticeable. In fact, Jenkins was one of many players that said that the head coach was one big reason why they joined the Jags this offseason.
Lawrence and Meyer should have
This is not the first time the Jaguars will draft a quarterback with a top 5 pick. They selected Blake Bortles third overall in 2014 and Blaine Gabbert tenth overall in 2011. Nevertheless, neither of them was as talented as Lawerence.
Hiring Meyer was one of the most important decisions in Jaguars history and drafting Lawrence first overall should be right next to it. Jenkin believes both moves will work out and if they do, this Jacksonville team should be in the best shape it’s ever been.