November 27, 2022

JACKSONVILLE — After ten games, Trevor Lawrence is pleased with his progress.

Jaguar’s offensive coordinator Press Taylor likes it too. And with the Jaguars exiting their bye week in 2022, it’s a trend Lawrence and Taylor said must continue.

That’s a key focus for the final seven weeks of the 2022 season.

“There’s always things I can improve on,” Lawrence said as the Jaguars (3-7) prepared to take on the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens (7-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday at TIAA Bank Field to play

“I feel like I’ve played well the last two weeks but there are still a few plays in each game that I could do better, whether it’s a missed shot, a missed read, faster through my progress coming, safeguards, all that stuff. There are little things, but I feel really comfortable, really confident.”

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has improved significantly in his second NFL season. He has completed 65.2 percent of his passes, having completed 59.6 percent of his passes in 2021. As a rookie, he threw 13 touchdowns with six interceptions after throwing 12 and 17, respectively. He recorded a passer rating of more than 100 in five of the first ten games that season, after registering just one such game in his rookie season.

Lawrence completed 76 percent of his passes for three touchdowns without interceptions in a win over the Las Vegas Raiders and a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the last two games before last weekend’s reunion. His rating was over 100 in every game.

Taylor said such repeat appearances are the goal.

“It’s really just the consistency,” Taylor said. “Obviously he has played two good games in a row. We want to continue to see the growth that we think we’re beginning to see on a more consistent footing. As a unit, we really need to be there.”

Taylor said the primary goal for offense is to improve in the red — specifically, eliminate turnovers there. The Jaguars had four such turnovers in Weeks 1-10, with Lawrence tossing red-zone interceptions in Philadelphia (Week 4), Houston (Week 5), and Denver (Week 8) with one-point losses.

Running back Travis Etienne Jr. lost a fumble into the end zone in a Week 7 loss to the New York Giants.

“Obviously turning the football over was the biggest obstacle that held us back in that situation,” Taylor said, calling the four turnovers “inexcusable.”

“It’s too much for one season,” he said. “That really held us back.”

Taylor said Lawrence’s consistency in the last two games before the bye is a matter of what the defense is giving him.

“It’s always the biggest thing: ‘Understanding the plan really well, understanding the situation, putting the ball in play, giving our guys opportunities,'” said Taylor. “It gives our guys the ability to get the ball in and create from there. Overall it builds trust and chemistry as a unit.”

The Jaguars, after finishing 32nd with 14.9 points per game last season, are 19th this season with 21.6 points per game.

“I feel like we’re starting to click more and more as an attacker, especially in the passing game, and I think that’s something that’s especially important at this time of year,” Lawrence said. “You want to play your best football in November, December, January. I really like where we are offensively. If you really look at the details and some of the things that we’re doing, I think we’re taking a lot of steps.

“I’m just trying to continue that improvement and keep that confidence for myself and just for all of us. Obviously playing with that confidence and trusting each other is a big part of the game.”

  • Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson: “I’m encouraged by the attitude of the team. I think they’re in the right mood. Anything is possible. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it in this league side the ball bounces in your direction. Anything is possible. We take it’s just one game at a time right now and we’re concentrating on Baltimore.
  • Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the most valuable player of 2019, who has rushed for 1,000 yards twice in one season and 666 yards and three touchdowns this season: “He’s an outstanding quarterback. He’s a quarterback with skills that typical quarterbacks don’t have. Its hard. You have to have enough guys on the field who can catch him and the guys on the field that are bigger than him have to be able to understand how to keep him in the bag. It is a challenge. We’re going to have a plan how we’re going to rush it and how we’re going to try and contain it and do it. We have 11 and we’re going to use all 11 at once.”

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