Training camp is just a few days away and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be able to practice without any restrictions.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is arguably the most talented prospect the Jacksonville Jaguars have drafted in franchise history. Thus, it’s not surprising they are doing everything they can to ensure he’s in a position to succeed right out of the gate. Earlier this year, the Clemson product had a hamstring injury in minicamp. The team then proceeded to hold him back and limited his participation to ensure he was a full go in training camp.
The Jaguars’ cautionary approach paid off, as Lawrence will have no restrictions in training camp, per Judy Battista of NFL Media. Besides suffering the hamstring injury, he underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder earlier this year. The Jaguars’ should be pleased with the former Tiger’s recovery.
The Jacksonville Jaguars expect big things from Trevor Lawrence.
When you draft a player with the first overall pick in the draft, you expect him to become a franchise building block. That’s why more often than not, teams opt to choose a quarterback. Sure, it’s important to have an elite pass rusher and a good left tackle. However, no other position influences the game as much as quarterbacks do. When a team wins, they get more praise than they deserve, and went things go awry, they get more blame than they should.
The Jaguars envision Lawrence becoming an upper-echelon quarterback and the face of the franchise. Those are surely lofty expectations but if anyone can live up to them, it’s him. Even if another team had held the top pick in the draft, he would still have been the first player off the board in 2021. That’s how talented he is. Don’t forget he led Clemson to the playoffs in three consecutive seasons and won the National Championship as a freshman.
Now, Jacksonville didn’t draft Lawrence because they expect big things from him in 2021. They want him to lead the team for years to come. That’s why it wouldn’t have made sense to rush him back from the hamstring injury. Still, he has the potential to be good right out of the gate. The team’s brass certainly believes so, they have surrounded him with several skilled-position players. Realistically, he could throw for over 4,000 yards and around 24-26 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Moreover, he’s a favorite to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t expect Lawrence to put the team on his shoulders right away. However, once the training wheels come off, he will take the reins and he will be at the helm. The fact that he will have no restrictions in training camp will surely accelerate the process.