Jacksonville Jaguars: Offense and defense show progress, Day 11 notes

Shaquill Griffin #26 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field (Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars waves to fans (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars entered this year’s offseason in need of an upgrade. But that’s not breaking news if you’ve followed the team over the last few years. Even though the Jags made several attempts to address the position, they didn’t have much success. However, that changed when they made Trevor Lawrence the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The transition from college to the pros hasn’t fazed the Clemson product. Despite the fact that he’s alternated first-team reps with Gardner Minshew throughout training camp, it looks like a matter of time before the Jaguars name him the starting quarterback.

Lawrence has made several throws that he would surely have back. On Day 11 of training camp, cornerback Shaquill Griffin intercepted a pass the rookie quarterback intended for wide receiver Josh Hammond. However, plays like this are bound to happen and it’s unreasonable to expect Lawrence to successfully complete every single throw he attempts. In fact, it’s good to see him take chances and learn in training camp.

Jordan De Lugo of Generation Jaguar believes the Jaguars’ offense functions better with Lawrence at the helm. Moreover, he says the rookie quarterback has displayed the awareness, arm talent, and athleticism that helped him earn the “generational talent” label.

It will be interesting to see how much time Lawrence will play in the Jaguars’ first preseason game Saturday. While the coaching staff can’t expose him to injuries, they can’t keep him in a protective bubble either and they need to get him some work. Here are a few more observations about Day 11 of Jaguars training camp.