Lawrence takes his lumps early in rookie campaign

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Trevor Lawrence

He came to the NFL as one of the most vaunted quarterbacks in recent memory but Trevor Lawrence has certainly taken his lumps.

Indeed, three games into his rookie campaign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Clemson product and top overall pick in the 2021 Draft has looked every bit like the green signal caller he is, and a major reason why the Jags were winless in September.

In the season’s first month, Lawrence completed 64 of 118 passes (a 54.2 percent rate) for 669 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions, making him only the fifth rookie QB in history to throw multiple picks in his first three games. He’s in good company, though, as two of those are Hall of Famers — Troy Aikman (1989) and Peyton Manning (1998). And he has shown much reason for hope.

One encouraging sign is that he’s not afraid to take chances, as evidenced by a flea flicker he attempted in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals that wound up in the hands of Cards’ defensive back Byron Murphy, who returned it 29 yards for a touchdown.

The play was undoubtedly ugly but it was also served as an encouraging indicator of the rookie’s desire to throw downfield and test the limits of what he can get away with in the NFL. Given the less-than-stellar supporting cast surrounding him, his lackluster showing really isn’t surprising.

Lawrence and the Jaguars can be seen in action the morning of Sunday, Oct. 17, when they play the Miami Dolphins at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a game airing on CBS.

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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