Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson admits the team is expecting Trevor Lawrence to make a "significant jump" in his second year in the league. Lawrence, the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, threw for 3,641 yards last season, had 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Lawrence didn't really have an impressive rookie season but the Jaguars have a new coaching staff and the team has added playmakers this offseason to help Lawrence in his second year. "That's the goal: to make a significant jump in Year 2," Pederson said, per ESPN.
"I think building off of last year, the fact that he played the entire season, we can build off that and really expect a sky's the limit the mentality with him. He's in the same frame of mind as well. He wants to take that next step, not only in his growth but leading this football team."
Lawrence has weapons around him
This offseason, the Jagurs signed wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, as well as tight end Evan Engram. Also, the Jaguars will have running back Travis Etienne available. Etienne was a first round draft pick a year ago but he was forced to miss the entire 2021 season due to a Lisfranc injury.
Going into the new season, Lawrence is motivated to prove himself and to also prove that the Jaguars are a quality group. "There's a lot of motivation [for the team]," Lawrence said. "Obviously, individually, personally I want to prove that I belong here and that I'm the player that I believe I am and this organization believes that I am.
As a team I think we have a lot to prove. Just didn't have a great year last year and I know the guys in this locker room are ready to prove some stuff this year. Having that motivation and then just having this new opportunity to get a clean slate.
Everybody starts at the bottom and having a chance to work your way up. That's a special opportunity that we've got this year. We've got a good enough group to win as many games as we want to."