Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 reasons for optimism early in the 2021 season

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Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. The Jacksonville Jaguars have a promising young quarterback.

It’s true that football is a team sport but no other position has as much impact on the field as the quarterback. That’s why signal-callers are the best-paid players in the NFL and why teams will go out of the way to get a good one.

The Jaguars believe they have a potential franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, which they selected with the top pick in the 2021 draft. so how has the former Clemson Tiger fared in the first two games of the season? Not great, he’s completed 50 percent of his passing attempts for 450 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. At first, that kind of production could be a cause of concern but it doesn’t paint the whole picture.

Lawrence is a rookie and regardless of how talented he is, it will take him a while to fully make the adjustment to the pros. Also, he’s made several highlight throws. His 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones is one of them. The Tennesse native will be the first one to tell you he needs to play better and will hold himself accountable whenever he makes mistakes, which is remarkable when you take into account he’s just 21 years old.

Despite his age, Lawrence’s teammates deemed him worthy enough of being a team captain, and has repeatedly gotten praised from head coach Urban Meyer. That should be a sign of encouragement and a reason for optimism.

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