With the regular season inching closer, teams around the NFL have ramped up the level of intensity in training camp. On Day 5, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense was finally allowed to make plays on the ball. The unit made the most of the opportunity, intercepting quarterback Trevor Lawrence three times. Now, this was going to happen at some point of the summer, so there’s no reason to overreact.
The Clemson product has had a string of solid practices but no process is linear and he was bound to have a bad day eventually. All NFL players (or most of them) are going to go through a learning curve in their rookie seasons, and Lawrence is no different. As running back Travis Etienne told the local media, it’s better that it happens right now and not later in the season.
Etienne said the Jaguars quarterback might spend the evening watching tape and looking at things he could have done better.
"It’s all about mindset. Trevor, he’s been a professional. It’s how he carries himself. As a football player, you can’t let a bad play beat you twice, and now we all have that mindset out here, so he’s not going to let the day linger behind him, he’s going to go home and watch film, and come back tomorrow with a different mindset and win the day."
Jamal St. Cyr of News4Jax believes the rookie passer might not have been on the same page with his receivers. Moreover, he thinks his interceptions were the result of miscommunication. If that’s the case, that’s something the team can work on. As Lawrence himself said just a few days ago, that’s what training camp is for, to work out the kinks.
As talented as Lawrence is, he’s likely going to have more days like Monday. However, that’s part of the learning process and should recover nicely. Here are other takeaways from Day 5 of Jaguars training camp.