No. 2 way the Jaguars have helped Trevor Lawrence – Getting him weapons.
Good coaching can only help a quarterback so much, and at some point, they need to have top-notch weapons to throw the ball to. Think of Drew Brees, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning. All of them had great coaches, but they also had outstanding supporting casts.
The Jaguars recognized that Trevor Lawrence didn’t have optimal weapons at his disposal last season, so they made an effort to get him as many as possible in free agency. Besides signing wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, they added tight end Evan Engram. If that wasn’t enough, general manager Trent Baalke brought back Laquon Treadwell, who became of their top targets at the end of the 2021 campaign. While none of them fit the elite label, it’s possible that none of them have reached their ceiling yet.
Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. are also coming back and both of them should be better than they were last year. Although they put up solid numbers early in the season, their performance faded down the stretch and they were hardly a factor outside the team’s upset win over the Indianapolis Colts.
With Meyer now gone, Shenault should pick up where he left off after a promising rookie campaign and Jones should fill his role as a solid No.2 receiver. Keep in mind that the Jaguars aren’t done adding offensive weapons and there’s a good chance they will use one (maybe two) of their early picks – they have four selections in the first three rounds – in another wide receiver and possibly a tight end, so Lawrence should have more than enough weapons in 2022.