Jacksonville Jaguars studs and duds following loss vs Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) and Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (29) (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

These players played a big role in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Week 2 loss.

1. Trevor Lawrence, quarterback

As talented as quarterback Trevor Lawrence is, the Jaguars know that he’s a work in progress. They know that the former Clemson Tiger will go through a learning curve during his rookie campaign, and will have bad days. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to see him have a game to forget against the Denver Broncos, completing 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Keep in mind that Lawrence wasn’t the only rookie quarterback that struggled in Week 2. He will have the chance to bounce back in Week 3 against an Arizona Cardinals defense that gave up 33 points to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.

2. Josh Lambo, kicker

Kickers only have one job, and Josh Lambo failed at his in Week 2. He attempted two kicks and failed both. So far, he’s 0-3 in 2021. Head coach Urban Meyer told the local media that he’s concerned about the Texas A&M product but he’s not ready to give up on him just yet.

Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jaguars bring in a couple of kickers in the upcoming days to push Lambo.

3. Laviska Shenault Jr., wide receiver

Lawrence played a big role in the Jags’ loss to the Broncos but he didn’t get much help either. The coaching staff needs to keep looking for plays that will enhance his strengths and his receivers have to make plays. In Week 2, Laviska Shenault Jr. didn’t help much.

On a day when the Jags needed their skilled-position players to make plays, the 2020 second-round pick was a non-factor, dropping to passes and finishing the day with -3 receiving yards. In his defense, some of the passes Viska hauled in were near the line of scrimmage and he had Broncos defenders on his face by the time he come down with the catch.

Shenault can’t keep dropping passes and the coaching staff needs to put him in a better position to make plays.