Trevor Lawrence: I have to play better

Trevor Lawrence: I have to play better


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When the Jaguars hired Doug Pederson as their new head coach this year, there was a lot of talk about the impact his arrival would have on the quarterback. Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence’s rookie year fell short of expectations and some of his struggles were blamed on the aftermath of the Urban Meyer fiasco. Through eight games with Pederson, though, Lawrence hasn’t made the leap many thought they’d see.

After Sunday’s 21-17 loss to the Broncos, Lawrence has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,838 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Through his first eight games in 2021, Lawrence completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 1,821 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Jaguars have opened each season with a 2-6 record.

On Sunday, Lawrence threw two interceptions. One stayed in the end zone on a pass Lawrence should have thrown and the second came on a play after the Broncos took the lead in the fourth quarter. He finished the day 18 of 31 for 133 yards.

“I have to look in the mirror and I have he has to play better” Lawrence said, via the team’s website.

Pederson said games like Sunday’s are “really good learning opportunities” for Lawrence and that the team still has “a lot of confidence and a lot of faith” in the first overall pick in the 2021 draft. The clear progress in the The second half of the season will make it easier for others to share that faith in Lawrence.

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