Something will be heard. After their spectacular 38-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3, the Jacksonville Jaguars were expected to receive little notice from the national media. Since then, talking heads haven’t stopped praising the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence, who is one of the key reasons they’re 2-1 and at the top of the AFC South, and they haven’t stopped.
Remember that Lawrence was predicted to make a significant improvement in Year 2, so his improvement since the end of the 2021 season is not particularly surprising.
The Jaguars’ rapid turnaround in such a short period of time is impressive. Although Doug Pederson warned that this wouldn’t be a quick fix when he was hired as the head coach, the Jaguars are now one of the top teams in the AFC.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made strides against the Indianapolis Colts, but it was their victory versus the Bolts that garnered the most attention. They will have a real chance to win their division if they continue to play as they have the last two weeks.
What do experts think of the Jaguars’ second-year quarterback, then? His improved decision-making has been praised by Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports.
You see, last season, Lawrence struggled with taking what the defense game him, and even when he went the safer, higher-efficiency route, he missed far too many “layups.” Through three contests this year, his playing style has been the opposite, and those layups aren’t clanking off the front of the iron nearly as often. Lawrence is completing 68.1 % of his passes at a respectable 7.1 yards per attempt with six touchdowns and one interception.
The Jaguars aren’t quite as good as Trapasso thinks, but they’re getting there. He contends that beating the Chargers demonstrated their improvement, but he also emphasizes that they weren’t at full strength at the time, which lessens the impact of the victory. On the other hand, he thinks it’s reasonable to predict that “Jacksonville will be serious layers for the division crown” by the year’s conclusion.