Quarterbacks usually make a significant leap in their second NFL season and Trevor Lawrence is expected to do precisely that in 2022. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft says he wants to improve because that will in turn help the Jacksonville Jaguars be a better team.
Lawrence met with the local media after Day 13 of training camp and touched on several topics including his growth as a quarterback, and the joint practices the Jags will hold with the Atlanta Falcons next week. He says to make the jump in Year 2 “because that’s gonna help this team win”. This is true, as a club will often go as far as their quarterback takes them.
"In order for us to get where we want to be come January, I’ve got to play well, so I’m excited to have that opportunity. And I think the system offers that and we got a lot of answers. Got a great scheme. And then, we have talent everywhere, especially receiver, tight end running back, up front. Guys have been playing great, so I’m just excited to really see what we can do this year."
Lawrence and the offense didn’t have a good day Wednesday. Per Jordan de Lugo of Generation Jaguar, the sophomore quarterback went 19-of-35 with “three turnover-worthy throws” and “several that were off the mark”. However, he’s had a pretty productive training camp, so this shouldn’t be a cause for concern. On the other hand, de Lugo says the defense is “playing with a lot of confidence”. Here’s Lawrence’s whole exchange with the media in case you want to watch it.
Trevor Lawrence should help the Jaguars double their win totals from 2021
Urban Meyer’s tenure with the Jaguars lasted less than a year but in that short amount of time, he managed to do plenty of damage. The controversial head coach failed to put players in a position to succeed and arguably left the team in worse shape than it was before he took over. One of his biggest mistakes was his inability to get the most out of Lawrence in his rookie campaign.
For that reason, the organization hired Doug Pederson to fill the void left by Meyer. Looking back, the Jags got it, right as Pederson has been able to help Lawrence improve. Bucky Brooks of NFL media says the head coach will share nuggets with the quarterback instead of yelling at him.
Also, the Jaguars’ brass got Lawrence a couple of weapons in Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. The wide receiver duo have developed a good rapport with their quarterback and have quickly become two of his favorite targets.
The Jaguars are still a work in progress but they have taken several steps in the right direction this offseason. Lawrence should also be better in Year 2, which will lead to more wins in 2022.