Trevor Lawrence gives Jaguars a boost in CBS Sports' QB turnover ranking

Trevor Lawrence has put a stop at the quarterback carousel the Jacksonville Jaguars had for more than a decade, and that gave them a boost in CBS Sports' turnover ranking.
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces Trevor Lawrence
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces Trevor Lawrence / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback is without a doubt the most important position on the football field, which is why NFL clubs will routinely spend a vast amount of resources to acquire a good one. It took the Jacksonville Jaguars several attempts but they found one in Trevor Lawrence, who's poised to be the face of the franchise for years to come and a potential MVP candidate in 2023. However, the Jags found themselves at the top of a turnover ranking even after drafting Lawrence.

Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports recently ranked all NFL teams by stability at the quarterback position since 2013. The Jags landed at No. 9 by virtue of having eight starters behind center over the last 10 years: Blake Bortles, Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon, Nick Foles, Cody Kessler, and Lawrence.

The Cleveland Browns claimed the top spot with 11 quarterbacks while the Houston Texans popped up at No. 3 with 10. The Los Angeles Rams finished third with 10 signal-callers as well. Conversely, the Kansas City Chiefs got the last spot with two. Other clubs that have had just two starting quarterbacks since 2013 are the Los Angeles Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks, Nos. 30 and 31, respectively.

In the 2020 season alone, the Jaguars had three starting quarterbacks, then-rookie Jake Luton, veteran Mike Glennon and Gardner Minshew. That year, Jacksonville finished 1-15 and clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, which they used to select Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence has brought stability at quarterback for the Jaguars

As you can see, appearing in the top 10 of the ranking isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Rams won Super Bowl 58 and also made an appearance in 2018 despite lots of turnover at quarterback in the early 2010s. Similarly, the San Francisco 49ers (No. 10) are a perennial contender despite the fact that they lack a franchise signal-caller.

Either way, the Jaguars no longer have to worry about the quarterback position with Lawrence firmly entrenched as the starter. Even though he's struggled as a rookie, he showed in 2022 what he's capable of. Besides improving in most meaningful statistical categories, he put on display his ability to lead Jacksonville to several comeback wins. And heading into the 2023 season, he's already getting recognition and it's easy to see why.

Lawrence wasn't a late-round gem or a player that needed time to reach his ceiling. Ever since he was in college, he was projected to be the top overall pick whenever he declared and many analysts dubbed him a generational talent. And while the Jaguars failed to put him in a position to succeed, they've done everything they could over the last two years to ensure he's got the best possible supporting cast.

Finding a franchise quarterback isn't easy and the Jacksonville Jaguars attested in the 2010s. This is a reason why they should be glad they were able to land Lawrence, with a little assistance from the New York Jets back in 2020.

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