Jaguars cannot get elusive win vs. Giants, takeaways from Week 7

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The New York Giants defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union] /

1. Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is low-key making strides the last 2 weeks

Quarterbacks tend to show progress in their second NFL season, so it was reasonable to think Trevor Lawrence would make a leap under the tutelage of Doug Pederson. The fact that the Jaguars’ brass upgraded his supporting cast also made it seem like a realistic possibility.

However, the Jaguars’ lack of wins has overshadowed the strides Lawrence has made in the last two games. Sure, he hasn’t had that game that makes you go “wow” but as recently as three weeks ago, he turned the ball over an alarming five times and that’s the thing, no process is linear, and like any other player, the former Clemson Tiger has experienced ups and downs this season.

You could make the case that Lawrence isn’t just another player, he was dubbed a generational talent coming out of college and was the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, so of course, expectations are going to be higher.

On the other hand, it’s not realistic to compare Lawrence to Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson, quarterbacks that showed immense growth in their second season. Would the Jags want Lawrence to play at their level? Certainly, but you can’t compare his growth to theirs and the coaching staff knows that every player is different and what might have worked for one of them doesn’t necessarily work for Lawrence and against the Giants, he showed progress.

Lawrence went 22-of-42 for 310 yards against the Giants and more often than not, he made smart decisions and avoid turning the ball over. Sure, his growth would be more noticeable if the Jags had beaten New York but the team’s brass must certainly be good about his long-term development, and in a season where the wins have been far and few between, that should be considered a step in the right direction.

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