The Jacksonville Jaguars will open up the playbook versus the Texans.
Not long after the Jaguars dropped their first preseason game, head coach Urban Meyer lamented the fact that the team couldn’t show much of their game plan. The team opened things up a bit the following game and the Jags finally showed a sample of how the offense could look in 2021 in Week 3 of the preseason, beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-14. In that game, quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 11-of-12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Brian Bevell told the local media that he’s excited about the playbook and feels confident that Lawrence has a strong hold on the game plan. The Jaguars’ offensive coordinator also took the opportunity to praise the rookie passer.
"I’m excited about his progress. It’s been a daily thing and it still is a daily deal for him. He puts a lot of effort and time into it, he really works his tail off. There’s so much that the quarterback has to do, and we take off of him as much as we can you know we got to."
Bevell points out that having an experienced center in Brandon Linder takes some of the pressure off Lawrence’s shoulders. Nevertheless, he says that executing the game plan ultimately falls back on the former Clemson Tiger. The Jaguars offensive coordinator also added that the coaching staff is aware of the quarterback’s skill set but isn’t trying to turn him into a runner, and is trying to take the hits off of him as much as possible.
Lawrence popped up at 22 in Matt Verderame’s quarterback ranking ahead of the 2021 season. This is a bit shocking because he landed above veterans such as Jameis Winston and Tyrod Taylor, whom the Jags will face off against on Sunday. Verderame believes Lawrence may experience growing pains but will eventually turn into a superstar.