Sun, 04 Dec 2022

Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars - jaguars.comJohn Oehser

JACKSONVILLE - He's more concerned with the future than the recent past.

Trevor Lawrence on Wednesday this week was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, an honor that acknowledged his second consecutive standout performance. It was his first such award in his 20-game career as an NFL starter.

But while Lawrence has improved early this season, he wants more. Much, much more.

"There's still a lot of growth that needs to happen," Lawrence said as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (2-1) prepared to play the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday at 1 p.m.

Lawrence's growth to date this season has been dramatic.

The No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence as a rookie last season threw 12 touchdown passes with 17 interceptions and completed 59.6 percent of his passes as the Jaguars went 3-14. During the Jaguars' current two-game winning streak - the first two-game winning streak of Lawrence's career - he has completed 53 of 69 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Head Coach Doug Pederson, speaking Wednesday, said Lawrence being named Player of the Week "shows that he is progressing."

"The guys around him are playing extremely well, the offensive line and really everybody on offense," Pederson said. "It's part of the progression of our offense and the steps that we need to take to be a great offense in this league.

"We're not there yet, but it's a step in the right direction. He understands, too, that he can't get that type of recognition without the guys around him."

Lawrence became the first Jaguars played to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since quarterback David Garrard in 2010. Lawrence said the award "says more about this organization, this team specifically, the staff, the players that are around me."

"Obviously, I've been able to play well the last few weeks, but most of that is the guys around me and the coaches around me," he said. "We're all putting each other in positions to be successful, and that's just kind of the way it works. Everyone just does their job, and it's been a lot of fun.

"Obviously, I'm happy with the way I played, but I know there's things I can do better, there's things that this offense can do better, so we're going to focus on the things we need to improve on."

Lawrence through three games this season has thrown six touchdown passes with one interception. His passer rating is 103.1 after a 71.9 rating last season. That mirrors the overall improvement of the Jaguars' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL in total yards (375.7 yards per game) and seventh in points (28.0) after ranking 27th (305.4) and 32nd (14.9) in the categories last season.

The offense has been more efficient by the week, scoring 22 in a Week 1 loss at Washington before scoring 24 and 38 in victories over Indianapolis and the Los Angeles Chargers in Weeks 2 and 3.

"We have things we know we're good at, things that we like to do, but it's always evolving," Lawrence said. "That's what good teams have to do. Each week your game plan is not going to be the same. It's a lot based on who you're playing, and obviously, you have to find ways to do what you do and the things that you do well.

"At the end of the day, you have to scheme to your opponent, and I think our staff has done a great job of that. As players, we've done a good job executing it and really just staying on schedule, especially the last two weeks. That's the biggest difference between week one and weeks two and three."

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Lawrence on an offensive line that has allowed no sacks and four quarterback hits the last two weeks: "The way our group has played up front, I have all the confidence in them. I think the way we've executed the last couple of game plans has been great."

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Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones on Thursday was added to the injury report as not practicing because of an ankle injury. Guard Cole Van Lanen missed a second consecutive day with a hamstring injury and cornerback Shaq Griffin practiced limited for a second consecutive day with a hip injury that kept him out of Sunday's game against the Chargers.

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