Jaguars: 3 reasons why criticism for Trevor Lawrence is too harsh

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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After trailing 17-0 early in Week 10, the Jacksonville Jaguars were within striking distance of coming back and they nearly pull off the upset but ultimately fell short, losing 23-17. One of their reasons was the offense’s inability to move the ball. In particular, Trevor Lawrence was far from great,  going 16 of 35 for 170 with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

After the game, Lawrence refused to point fingers and instead told the local media he has to play better. While his words are commendable, he’s not the only Jaguar that needs to improve. In fact, you could make the case his teammates are the ones that need to step up, as they haven’t helped him much in recent weeks.

Either way, Lawrence has been heavily scrutinized in recent weeks. There’s no doubt fans are frustrated and want to see results after several years of losing. However, Rome wasn’t built in one day and the rookie passer wasn’t going to turn the Jaguars into an offensive powerhouse right off the bat. He needs more than nine games to prove he’s their quarterback of the future.

Heck, Blake Bortles got a handful of years to show what he could do and even signed a contract extension. He ended up flopping but the point is that other quarterbacks before Lawrence were given time, so it’s only fair he also gets a fair amount.

Lawrence has struggled at times and can play better but so do most players when they first arrive in the NFL. Here are three reasons a good amount of the criticism he is getting is unfair and should be taken with a grain of salt.