Jacksonville Jaguars need to regroup after Week 1 loss, 3 takeaways

Houston Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) vs Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
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QB Trevor Lawrence was solid in his debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There were many things to like and several others to loathe in quarterback Trevor Lawrence‘s debut in the NFL. He looked hesitant at times and didn’t always go through all his reads but looked poised and the game didn’t look too big for him. In the end, the rookie passer went 28-of-51 for 332 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. Not bad but not great either.

Lawrence’s at fault for the interceptions but he didn’t get much help from his teammates nor the coaching staff. Early in the game both wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. and tight end James O’Shaughnessy dropped passes that would’ve moved the chains. Also, attempting 51 passes isn’t a recipe for success. The Jags fell behind early, which prompted them to abandon the run. Why did they not feed James Robinson the ball more? Why did the coaching staff put the game on Lawrence’s shoulders?

The former Clemson Tiger isn’t used to losing but still looked focused when he met with the local media after the game. Moreover, he took responsibility for the offense’s inability to execute.

"It’s always hard, especially when you know you feel like you’re prepared and had a great week. And really think we were ready and just obviously didn’t play well and starts with me. I played really bad."

Lawrence was also objective and knows that not everything is gloom and doom. He noted that the team did some good things and pointed out that the Jags had a couple of good drives. He emphasized the need to “keep doing those and learn from the bad. We got to watch it and learn from it”. The rookie echoed Meyer’s thoughts and said that they must move on and win next week.

The top overall pick in the 2021 draft is aware he’s under pressure to perform. On Sunday, he showed flashes of his potential. It’s up to the coaching staff to help him turn it into production.