Jaguars have ‘good enough group’ to win as many games as they want
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t won many games over the last four seasons but quarterback Trevor Lawrence believes they have the capability to win as many games as they want in 2022.
Lawrence met with the media during the Jaguars’ first day of practice in training camp and touched on several topics, including the trip he organized to The Bahamas and the team’s goals for Week 1 of the 2022 season. The former Clemson Tiger says he wants to prove “I belong here and that I’m the player I believe I am“. He added that Jacksonville has a special opportunity this year.
"I know the guys in this locker room are ready to prove some stuff this year, so having that motivation and then just having this new opportunity to get a clean slate. Everybody starts at the bottom, and having a chance to work your way up. That’s a special opportunity that we got this year and we got a good enough group to win as many games as we want to. We just got to make that decision and be prepared and we’ll have a good year."
The Jags went 3-14 in 2021 under the “leadership” of Urban Myer. Lawrence, then a rookie, finished the season with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, tied with Matthew Stafford for the most in the league. The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft and his teammates will get a fresh start under Doug Pederson. Here’s a clip of Lawrence warming up for practice, via Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country.
The Jaguars have the right quarterback in Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence has often found the right words during his tenure in Jacksonville and it wasn’t different this time. He isn’t trying to hype up the team or declare the Jaguars are a playoff team. Simply, he’s stating that if he and his teammates do everything they are asked, they have the potential to be really good.
Just like any other team, the Jaguars will be 0-0 in Week 1. Lawrence is aware their coming off a bad year but they will have an opportunity to turn things around. He also knows they don’t have to be perfect every day, “it’s a long season and Day 1 doesn’t have to be your best day”.
That’s the kind of mindset you want from your franchise quarterback. Lawrence isn’t being overly optimistic. Instead, he knows that no process is linear and a bad day doesn’t mean much in the whole picture if you are constantly working to become a better version of yourself.
Lawrence is expected to make a big leap in Year 2 and if he does, he and the Jaguars will be able to win several games. Maybe not as many as they would like but definitely more than last year.