4 things the Jacksonville Jaguars should be thankful for this Thanksgiving

• It's Thanksgiving, the perfect time to think about the things everyone should be thankful for

• Here are four that give fans of the Jaguars a reason to be greatful

Nov 19, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16)
Nov 19, 2023; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) / Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Thing to be thankful for: The Jaguars have a franchise QB in Trevor Lawrence

It's no easy task to find a franchise quarterback. The Jacksonville Jaguars know this firsthand. Mark Brunell brought stability at the position in the late 1990s but they quickly found out it wasn't going to be easy to replace him when they moved on from him in 2004. They first gave Byron Leftwich a chance. Then David Garrard came. He was solid but never truly great, which is one of the reasons Jacksonville moved on from him after the 2010 season.

The Jags thought Blaine Gabbert, the No. 10 pick in the 2010 draft, was going to be the long-term answer at the position. They were wrong. They quickly found out Gabbert wasn't a starting material and once again used a first-round pick on a quarterback, this time Blake Bortles. Once again, they got it wrong, just like they later did when they gave Nick Foles a top-market contract in 2019 and cut ties with him just one year later. Even Gardner Minshew got a shot and quickly proved he wasn't well-suited for the task.

Fortunately, Trevor Lawrence has put an end to the revolving door at the position. By virtue of having the first overall pick in 2021, the Jags chose Lawrence, the best quarterback prospect to come out of the collegiate ranks since Andrew Luck.

It's true that Lawrence still has a way to go before he truly establishes himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he's getting there. He's quickly moving up on the team's record books and it's just a matter of time before he gets the recognition he deserves across the NFL.