Trevor Lawrence has made a huge leap in Year 2 and against the Tennessee Titans in Week 18, he broke the Jacksonville Jaguars’ record for completions by a quarterback with a pass early in the game.
Blake Bortles set the previous record with 368 completions back in 2016, his third season with the team. Entering the game, Lawrence had 367, so it only took him a couple of completions to set the new record. The Jags were moving the ball better in their second possession but turned the ball over during a failed trick play and Tennessee built a 10-0 lead following a 21-yard touchdown ‘pass by quarterback Joshua Dobbs.
The Jaguars’ defense started strong and forced the Titans to go three and out. The offense then got the ball but also went three and out. For a moment, it seemed like they were going to go for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 30-yard line but they opted for the safe choice and ended up punting.
The Titans were able to march down the field and convert a couple of fourth downs but their offense stalled once they got to Jacksonville’s 20-yard line. A couple of penalties moved them back to the 33-yard line and they made a field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead.
Trevor Lawrence has become the QB the Jaguars expected
Lawrence had an underwhelming rookie campaign due to the presence of Urban Meyer but he’s shown tremendous improvement under the tutelage of Doug Pederson, who has shown a knack for developing quarterbacks.
After throwing 17 interceptions in 2021, Lawrence has only six this season. Similarly, he’s doubled his number of passing touchdowns. The best part is that the former Clemson Tiger might not have reached his ceiling yet.
All things considered, it feels like Lawrence breaking Bortles’ record for completion in a season was inevitable given how well he’s played. Now, the Jaguars must bounce back and get ahead on the scoreboard. Lawrence’s record will be more meaningful if they beat the Titans in this “winner-takes-all” game.