You have probably heard that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence sustained a hamstring injury during the team’s organized team activities. While the situation isn’t optimal, it isn’t as dire as it may look at first sight. Have you ever heard it’s better to be safe than sorry? That’s the kind of approach the coaching staff is taking with the Clemson product, why should they rush their franchise quarterback and run the risk of aggravating his hamstring? The 2021 season is still a couple months away. Thus, the Jags must let Lawrence heal.
You could argue that the first overall pick in 2021’s is already showing he isn’t fit to play in the NFL but players sustain injuries all the time. After all, football is a collision sport, so even if you manage to play all 17 games in a season, you’re going to end up with some bumps and bruises. That’s exactly what Lawrence is going through. Moreover, the Jags are pleased with his progress. Even though he may not be at full strength, he’s working on learning the playbook, so he’s mastered the offense by training camp.
It’s not as if the former Tiger is going clubbing every night or just watching Netflix all day long. It would be great to see him on the field and sharpening his throwing skills. That will come at due time. For the moment, he needs to let his hamstring heal. Furthermore, his coaches like the work he’s put in so far. Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell recently spoke to the local media and talk about Lawrence’s performance in the offseason.
What did Jaguasr OC Darrell Bevell say about quarterback Trevor Lawrence?
Bevell notes that Lawrence has worked tirelessly to learn the offense and the verbiage to improve on the field. The offensive coordinator says the team was able to work around the quarterback’s surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and points out that the issue he’s had with his hamstring has not really been a problem, as they have been able to get the things done.
Later in the sitdown, Bevell discussed the expectations surrounding Lawrence in his rookie campaign. He says that you want to make sure you can put him in a position to succeed. He added that it’s important for a new signal-caller to play fast, so you want them to have a good draft of the things you’re asking them to do. “If you overload them, then you can slow them down… so I think it’s important like how much can they handle”, Bevell said.
We’re going through this process here in the OTAs or whatever. In phase three, I guess is called now, we’re working through those things. We’re seeing, we’re giving them a lot, seeing how much that he can handle as well as all the quarterbacks and then assessing that and then there’ll be a time where it’s like okay this is, this is what the game plan looks like for this guy.
It’s hard for Bevell to estimate (and anyone for that matter) how many touchdowns Lawrence will score or the number of yards he will post in 2021. Instead, he opted to talk about the things the quarterback needs to do in order to have a productive rookie campaign.
Think about it, if Trevor Lawrence can’t handle the playbook, he will struggle on the field. He needs to have a strong grasp of the fundamentals for him to thrive, and that’s precisely what he’s currently working on. While it’s too early to have a concise evaluation of the Jaguars quarterback, he’s doing everything he’s been asked to do and will be ready to take the field in Week 1.