Here are two predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars offense.
1. Trevor Lawrence will at last score his first touchdown in the preseason.
Trevor Lawrence hasn’t been dreadful in the preseason but he hasn’t been great either. He’s shown flashes but hasn’t been able to turn that into points on the scoreboard in two outings. On the bright side, he hasn’t thrown an intersection either. Then again, the Jaguars haven’t given him much help. The offensive line has struggled to protect him and they haven’t been able to run the ball.
If the Jags take care of these issues, they will take some pressure off Lawrence’s shoulder. This in turn will translate into a more effective performance by the rookie passer. The Clemson product has shown in training camp what he can do, he just needs a little help. If he gets it, he will score his first preseason touchdown.
2. Carlos Hyde will run 60 yards and score a touchdown.
The Jaguars may want to limit James Robinson’s workload in Dallas. They already lost rookie Travis Etienne for the year and they might not want Robinson to be exposed to injury risk in an inconsequential game. Veteran Carlos Hyde will pick up the slack and show out in the preseason finale, averaging more than five yards per carry and scoring a touchdown. Also, he will rack up 60 yards.
Although it doesn’t sound like much, Hyde won’t play after the first half, so logging 60 rushing yards in on half of football is pretty good. The 2014 second-round pick may not be as explosive as Robinson or Etienne but will prove his value in Week 3 of the preseason.