Franchise quarterbacks are hard to find, that’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t hesitate to use the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Trevor Lawrence. Although he’s off to a slow start, he’s not the reason the Jags are currently 2-16 and is proving they got it right. Thus, it’s not surprising to see him get recognition.
Alex Kay of Bleacher Report recently drew up a list of the best rookie from every NFL team’s rookie class and to nobody’s surprise, Lawrence popped up. He has an encouraging and fair assessment of the former Clemson Tiger even though he hasn’t found immediate success in the pros.
"It isn’t easy having the future of an entire franchise resting on your shoulders, but No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence has borne the weight of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ hopes well. While Lawrence hasn’t found the type of immediate success he had in college—winning the national championship as a true freshman starting quarterback at Clemson—he’s far from being regarded as a bust."
Kay goes on to say the rookie passer has gotten better and has quickly adjusted to the speed of the NFL in spite of having a less-than-stellar supporting cast. He adds Lawrence can become one of the faster risers in the league if the Jags surrounding with more talent next offseason.
The Jaguars need to put Trevor Lawrence in a position to succeed.
You may feel discouraged if you compare Lawrence’s production to that of Mac Jones. The latter has posted better numbers this season but he also landed in a better and more stable situation. The New England Patriots knew he was going to need a lot of help as a rookie and went into a shopping spree in free agency, signing Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jonnu Smith, and Hunter Henry. Meanwhile, the Jaguars lack playmakers on offense.
Both DJ Chark Jr. and Jamal Agnew are out for the season. Laviska Shenault Jr. hasn’t taken the next step in his development, and Marvin Jones has been relatively quiet in recent weeks. If the Jaguars had more talent at wide receiver, Lawrence’s numbers should be better. Nevertheless, he’s not thinking about the things he doesn’t have and is instead focused on getting better.
While Lawrence hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 9, he’s only thrown two interceptions in the last seven weeks, which is a big step in the right direction when you take into account he threw seven in the first three. It’s clear his decision-making has improved considerably.
Lawrence is doing his part. It’s now up to the Jaguars to do their part and add playmakers in the offseason to help him.