3. The Jaguars are in a different position than other teams.
It’s easy to feel frustrated about Trevor Lawrence if you have watched fellow rookie quarterback Mac Jones play. However, they both arrived at two different situations. While the Jags just started a rebuild and have a rookie head coach at the helm, the New England Patriots are the winningest franchise in the last 20 years. Moreover, Bill Belichick is one of the best head coaches in NFL history and made sure to add as much talent as possible this offseason in order to help Jones.
The Alabama product has shown growth and has been playing with more confidence in recent weeks. But make no mistake, this wouldn’t have been possible if the Pats haven’t invested so much money in free agency to fortify their roster. In case you missed it, they signed tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. They also inked wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor.
Meanwhile, most of the offensive players the Jaguars signed in free agency haven’t had a big impact. Marvin Jones Jr. is a solid number two receiver and Dan Arnold has become a key cog on their offense since joining the team after Week 3. But that’s not enough.
Jones is having a better rookie campaign than Lawrence and is not close but that doesn’t mean the former is going to have the better career. Think of Rick Mirer and Drew Bledsoe. Mirer was the better rookie but Bledsoe turned out to be the better pro and even helped the Patriots play in one Super Bowl. The same is for the 2012 rookie quarterback class. Even though Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin had success right out of the gate, Russell Wilson has enjoyed a long career and is currently one of the top passers in the NFL:
That’s why it’s hard to tell who Jones’ and Lawrence’s careers are going to play out. Nevertheless, comparing Jones and Lawrence may be unfair. Let’s wait and see how they fare in the next few years before coming up with an objective conclusion.