Jacksonville Jaguars fans beginning to doubt Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union] /

It’s ok to still believe in Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence

The Bills’ Josh Allen is a name you hear a lot from people who want to preach patience with Trevor Lawrence. That’s because his numbers weren’t any better than Lawrence’s through his first 22 starts, and then he exploded in his third year.

As a matter of fact, in Allen’s 22nd start he beat the Dolphins on the strength of a 21-of-33, 256 yards performance. He averaged eight yards per attempt for a 118 rating. That’s oddly similar to T-Law’s game against the Colts, detailed above.

But, then, in Game 3 of his third season, Josh Allen exploded against those very same Dolphins. He was 24-of-35 for 417 yards, 12 yards per attempt, and four touchdowns! Wow! His rating was 147! And double WOW!

Plus, Allen had his share of bad games, too. In his 16th start, he lost to the Patriots with an anemic stat line that read 13-28 for 153 yards, 6 yards per attempt, three interceptions, and a 24.0 rating. Oof. That’s worse than Lawrence’s rating against the Texans.

But, it’s not so much the clunkers. Justin Herbert had a bad game against the Patriots in his rookie season. But, it was counterbalanced by interstellar games against the Bucs and the Chiefs. Mahomes had a bad outing against the Jaguars, believe it or not, in his sixth game. But, that was counterbalanced by numerous meteoric games that same year.

So, it’s that “wow” game that is missing for Trevor Lawrence, and who knows? It could be right around the corner. It could be this week against the Colts, or some other opponent this year. As long as Trevor gives the fans one or two “wow” games by the end of the year, the clunkers like Philly and Houston will be a lot easier to stomach.

Trevor Lawrence is 23 years old. He had a comically bad coaching staff last year, and even with a couple of clunkers under his belt over the last two weeks, one could argue he’s playing better football overall this year than last. It may be happening slower than expected but progress is happening.

The coaches still believe in him, and it isn’t just coachspeak. His teammates are behind him and believe in him much more than they did in recent Jaguars QBs.

Another reason for optimism is this question: how much trade value would Trevor Lawrence have if the Jags tried to shop him today? No one knows because that’s definitely not going to happen. But, if it did? A lot. He’s likely still worth multiple first-round picks.

His ceiling as a player is not set yet. He still has incredible traits, and is still getting better. So, yes, there are going to be setbacks. But, until the Jacksonville Jaguars know for sure that Trevor is not “the guy,” he is absolutely worth investing time into.

It’s ok to have doubts about Trevor Lawrence, and it’s also ok to still be optimistic. Because the Trevor Lawrence puzzle isn’t finished yet, and the arrow is still pointing up. Fans just need to see a couple of wow pieces.

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