Trevor Lawrence was integral to the Jacksonville Jaguars' success last year and heading into the 2023 season, he's viewed as a potential league MVP candidate. While games are yet to be played, Nick Wright of FS1 is among the talking heads who think Lawrence has a realistic shot.
Wright along with First Things First co-host Kevin Wildes and Chris Broussard recently argued whether Lawrence was a top quarterback already and if his candidacy for MVP honors in 2023 was legit. Wilde isn't fully sold on the former Clemson Tiger, noting that he's only played one good season in the pros. However, Wright believes it was a pretty good half a season and goes as far as calling him the "next great player in the league".
"Since you said half a year, let's just draw it up on the fly", Wright told Wildes. "Let's show those half-a-year stats that you're talking about, the final half of last season, a nine-game sample, November to now. So he's top two in the NFL and rating, TD-to-INT ratio, and completion percentage. He's 250 yards per game. The Jags are 7-2 and how'd he do in the postseason?"
"Yeah, his initial foot and toe in the postseason water, it was a little choppy. And then, he authored the fourth-greatest comeback in playoff history. And then he went to Arrowhead and played the best team in the league and played them as taught as anyone", Wright said.
Wright goes on to say that the Jaguars could "legitimate being" 13-4 in 2023 without being awesome and later reaffirms his belief Lawrence is a realistic MVP candidate.
The First and Things First also discussed Lawrence and the spot he's got in Pro Football Focus' latest quarterback ranking. Here's the full debate if you want to see it.
Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence's MVP candidacy is getting traction ahead of the 2023 season
The consensus seems to believe that Trevor Lawrence is in a position to earn MVP honors next season. Just recently, Black and Teal's Beau Adams laid out three reasons the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft could win it.
Having said that, Lawrence isn't the only player that has a realistic shot at winning MVP next season. Patrick Mahomes will always have a chance while Joe Burrow is arguably the second-best quarterback in the league right now. Also, Lamar Jackson could bounce back with offensive coordinator Todd Monken. This is to say that Lawrence has a shot but it's not guaranteed.
Working in Lawrence's favor is that he's entering his second season in Doug Pederson's system. Having a stronger grasp of the offense should help him be even more productive in 2023. On top of that, wide receiver Calvin Ridley gives Lawrence a bonafide No. 1.
In the end, Lawrence would surely like to be the league MVP next season but if he was given the choice between getting the nod or winning the Super Bowl, he would surely pick the latter option.