More weapons means hope for Lawrence, Jags in 2022

Top 2021 pick sees better days ahead in 2022

Trevor Lawrence

With Year 2 of the Trevor Lawrence era on the horizon in Jacksonville, it’s time for a check-in on the Jaguars’ franchise quarterback.

The verdict? Well, let’s just say the Jags’ prized No. 1 overall 2021 draft pick is a work in progress.

His numbers in his rookie season weren’t terrible but not great either. He connected on 359 of 602 passes (a 59.6 percent completion rate) for 3,641 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for a pedestrian 71.9 rating. Now, given that he was a rookie on a team with scant few weapons, one has to take these stats with a grain of salt or two, especially since he also exhibited the poise of a seasoned pro throughout the Jags’ 3-14 2021 campaign.

But considering that he was hyped as a generational talent along the lines of a Peyton Manning or John Elway, it’s easy to see how his inaugural campaign would be viewed as a disappointment, especially since he also had a lower passer rating than four of the five quarterbacks taken in the first round that year.

However, help is in the way. This offseason, the Jags signed wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones and tight end Evan Engram, and in the draft, they selected Snoop Conner in the fifth round. Furthermore, running back Travis Etienne, another 2021 first rounder, will be returning from an injury-shortened rookie year. So 2022 could turn out to be a breakout year for Lawrence and the Jags’ offense.

It will make its first appearance Thursday, Aug. 4, when the Jags kick off the 2022 NFL preseason against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, which NBC will broadcast from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Player Profile

Full name: William Trevor Lawrence

Birth date: Oct. 6, 1999

Birth place: Knoxville, Tenn.

Height/weight: 6 feet 6 inches/213 pounds

Position: Quarterback

No.: 16

College: Clemson

Draft: Selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft (first overall) by the Jaguars

Honors and achievements: College Football National Champion (2018); College Football National Championship Offensive MVP (2018); First-Team All-American (2020); ACC Player of the Year (2020); ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2020); ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year (2018); First-Team All-ACC (2019, 2020)

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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