Trevor Lawrence’s well-being was overlooked before he was even drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ front office has offered minimal relief for franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence since the start of the 2021 offseason. Say what you will, but regardless of who was in the Jags’ front office or coaching staff before the season, every soul on the planet knew the former Clemson Tiger would be the team’s first overall pick in this year’s draft.
With that being said, Jacksonville possessed the most salary-cap space in the offseason, and where exactly has the return on investment been? For the third week in a row, tight end Dan Arnold was the team’s leading receiver. While the midseason trade for Arnold has been positive, the same cannot be said of the team’s previous acquisitions on offense.
The Jaguars have gotten minimal returns from their offseason acquisitions.
Whether it was the questionably drafting of the now injured running back Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft or shelling out a hefty contract to an underperforming Marvin Jones Jr., the Jaguars have placed an incredible amount of pressure on their rookie quarterback to perform. But, unfortunately, many other 21′ offseason acquisitions are nowhere to be found:
- Carlos Hyde – The Ohio State product has proven to be careless with the football in the one game where he did receive moderate usage. Running backs are a dime a dozen in today’s NFL, and he does not provide to the team other than being a ‘veteran’ presence at the position.
- Chris Manhertz – Manhertz is strictly a blocking tight end who has yet to see over 50 percent of offensive snaps this season.
- Jamal Agnew – Arguably, the team’s best acquisition is predominantly a special teamer who has been criminally underused on offense. When his number has been called on offense, he has not disappointed.
- Jalen Camp – The Jaguars’ sixth-round selection in the 2021 draft struggled in training camp and was waived before the start of the regular season.
- Luke Farrell – The 2021 fifth-round backup tight end has only seen over 50 percent of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps in one contest.
- Walker Little – The Jags’ second-round selection has been a backup who has not been given a chance to prove whether or not he can be an asset in the future for the team.
Overall, Trevor Lawrence has not been able to thrive because the Black and Teal have left gaping voids of talent across the offense despite possessing the means to rectify their deficiencies. In the future, these transgressions cannot continue.
The Jaguars must focus on having a much better offseason in 2022.
If the Jacksonville Jaguars want to enjoy the benefits of having a franchise quarterback like Trevor Lawrence, they must significantly improve as talent acquirers. Whether it is the NFL Draft of free agency, the team must add bonafide contributors. What does that entail, you may ask? First, it means that Lawrence needs better protection along the offensive line, so he is not consistently running for his life, as seen below.
Second, it means acquiring receivers that can gain separation at numerous levels of their route trees. Lawrence is incredibly talented, but a distributor needs teammates he can rely on consistently. Otherwise, his talent is irrelevant.