Jaguars: 4 things that must happen to win the AFC South in 2021

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1. The Jacksonville Jaguars need Trevor Lawrence to play at a high level.

The Jaguars didn’t get much production from the quarterback position last year. In fact, you could say it was one of the top three reasons why they managed to win just one game. They had a playmaker in running back James Robinson and a respectable wide receiver corps. However, this Jacksonville team didn’t have a signal-caller that could take advantage of all their offensive weapons.

This offseason, finding a quarterback was at the top of the Jaguars’ to-do list and they happened to hold the top pick in the draft in the same year Trevor Lawrence was available. Whether the Clemson product becomes a franchise signal-caller remains to be seen but he’s a significant upgrade over anyone who took snap under center in Jacksonville last year.

How good will Lawrence be in the NFL? It’s hard to tell but the team’s brass is making sure he’s in a position to succeed right out of the gate. They added Marvin Jones Jr. to an already talented wide receiver unit and drafted running back Travis Etienne 25th overall in 2021’s draft.

Barring serious injury, Lawrence should be a candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He has the potential to throw for more than 4,000 yards and score over 25 passing touchdowns. If he can also keep his interceptions at a reasonable level, the Jaguars’ offense should have no trouble scoring in 2021. For the Jaguars to win the AFC South, Lawrence must play like the first overall pick that he is, and there’s no reason to believe he won’t.

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