3 reasons Trevor Lawrence must sit out the rest of the season, 2 he shouldn't

Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs with
Dec 24, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs with / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
3 of 3

Two reasons the Jaguars should play Trevor Lawrence if he can go

2. The Jaguars are entering a pivotal time of the season

The Jaguars are in must-win mode right now. Losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers keeps them in a three-way tie with the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South. If there's one thing Jacksonville has proven is that they can drop a game even with teams that are seemingly less talented. It happened against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Against Cincy, the Jaguars managed to make Jake Browning look like Joe Burrow 2.0. Similarly, Baker Mayfield had one of his best games of the season when they faced the Jacksonville defense. Of course, that falls solely on the defense's shoulders since Lawrence didn't play his quarterback counterparts. Then again, the offense though hasn't been clicking either, and not having Lawrence behind center could make things worse.

1. There's a dropoff from Trevor Lawrence from C.J. Beathard

While it's understandable that Doug Pederson wants his starter to play, their lack of faith in C.J. Beathard is a tad concerning. If they trust him to do a good job, why not roll with him while Trevor Lawrence recovers?

Of course, there's always be a dropoff from the starter to the second-string quarterback but if the Jaguars feel fine about No. 16 playing through injuries, maybe it's because they know Beathard may not give them a good chance to win.

If that's the case, an injured Lawrence is then their best chance to not only make the playoffs but also to make a deep push. It's silly to suggest it but that could be the case given the team's insistence to thrust Lawrence into action despite injuries.

Here are more recent stories from Black & Teal: