Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence can rebound from subpar 2-game stretch
Trevor Lawrence had a pretty productive three-week stretch to start the 2022 season, completing 69.37 percent of his passes for 772 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. Moreover, he and the Jacksonville Jaguars were getting plenty of attention from the national media.
However, Lawrence has struggled in the last two games, registering a 51.43 percent completion rate for 460 yards with two touchdowns and a concerning seven turnovers (three interceptions, four lost fumbles). While the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft isn’t the sole reason the Jags are riding a two-game losing streak, he’s certainly played a role, which has prompted talks about him being a bad quarterback. But is he? Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports thinks so.
Following Week 4, Kerr jotted down a list of reality checks and says that Lawrence “makes too many mistakes to be considered a good quarterback“. Kerr acknowledges that the former Clemson Tiger has come a long way but he simply isn’t good right now.
"Lawrence has four interceptions and four fumbles this year, eight giveaways in five games. He’s come a long way and is still growing in Doug Pederson’s offense, but he’s not a good quarterback right now. The giveaways need to be delimited, especially since they’re a huge reason Jacksonville has lost its last two games."
As recently as two weeks ago, Lawrence was getting the spotlight. He even cracked the top ten in the Ringer’s quarterback ranking. However, he moved down a few spots following the Jag’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and will most likely tumble down once again after Week 5.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has the talent to bounce back
There’s no way to sugarcoat it, Lawrence has had a bad two-game stretch but that doesn’t mean he’s a bust or that he’s not the Jaguars’ long-term answer at quarterback. Having said that, he and the coaching staff must quickly identify why he has struggled in back-to-back weeks.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the media following the loss to the Texans that he isn’t concerned at all. His teammates were also supportive of him. Tight end Dan Arnold believes Lawrence “will be just fine” and added that other players didn’t come through when they needed, via Mia O’Brien of 1010 XL.
Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun told the local media after the game that there are 12 games left on the schedule but they must figure things out right away. That also applies to Lawrence. The last two weeks will be a footnote in the season if he can get back on track. Similarly, he will move back up in power rankings if he plays better. That’s just the nature of the game. Win games and get the spotlight. Lose and become an afterthought.
The Jaguars will next play the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. If Lawrence can play well and help Jacksonville sweep their division foes, talks about him not being good will subside. Conversely, if he has a bad outing, the noise will get louder.