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Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence looks like generational talent again

Sometimes they suppose they know, and it seems that they don’t know.

Think of all of the can’t-miss quarterback prospects that missed, for any variety of causes: Wrong group. Wrong coach. Wrong system. Wrong intangibles.

JaMarcus Russell … Jeff George … Ryan Leaf … and so many others. Greatness isn’t assured. For any phenom. In any sport.

Trevor Lawrence survived the Urban Meyer Era as a rookie in Jacksonville final season, and don’t you are worried, he’s again trying very a lot like the type of generational talent who conjures up comparisons to John Elway and Andrew Luck.

Serby Says solicited the experience of two of the very best within the business, NFL Network’s analyst Daniel Jeremiah and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, as to why Trevormania has solely simply begun.

Jeremiah: “He has everything needed to be in the conversation to be the best player in the league within the next three years.”

Riddick: “He can be the top five, top three, top one passer in the league.”

The arrival of coach Doug Pederson, a former Brett Favre backup quarterback who made a Super Bowl MVP out of Nick Foles with the Eagles and can return Sunday to Philadelphia, was a godsend for Lawrence.

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Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
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Riddick: “He’s simply type of obtained an actual nice, like fatherly kind voice manner of speaking to him. … We’ve all heard the story about how the backup makes the higher coach than the celebrity as a result of the celebrity has unrealistic expectations. He’s the residing embodiment of that.

“With Trevor, last year [12 touchdowns, league-high 17 interceptions], he had no shot. None. Zero. Less than zero. If he was gonna be subjected to that kind of atmosphere for his entire career, he’d be one of the all-time busts in terms of what our expectations were.”

Jeremiah: “I don’t know there’s anyone higher at making a quarterback snug, not simply in a method, like snug when it comes to the way you design the offense, snug in how he will get ’em prepared for the season, after which snug throughout the recreation. I really feel like Doug simply will get these guys going early within the recreation, he’s gonna bake in three straightforward layups for you — there’s gonna be a fast out, there’s gonna be a display combined in, and he’ll simply type of build from that as the sport goes alongside. You get right into a rhythm, you get confidence. … I believe that’s type of the previous quarterback in him that understands that significance.

“Trevor’s so gifted, now you’re seeing the confidence that he didn’t have last year. It’s like a 180 from last year to this year.”

Lawrence (six TDs, one INT up to now this season) opened up 2022 in opposition to the Commanders as Pro Football Focus’ sixth-worst quarterback below strain, however he has since displayed why there isn’t any field he doesn’t or is not going to test.

The packing containers, please:

Toughness: “I saw that last year, he got the stuffing kicked out of him,” Jeremiah mentioned.”You noticed him in faculty, when there have been massive performs to be made, he wasn’t afraid to soak up some contact. It’s good to not have to indicate off that a part of his recreation on a weekly foundation like he did final year.”

“On a scale of 1-10, I’ll say a 10.”

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Trevor Lawrence throws the ball in opposition to the Chargers.
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Mental toughness: “From all accounts from what I’ve heard,” Riddick mentioned, “he was the adult in the organization last year. After the year was over and talking to people about how the year went and how dysfunctional it was for them, that he never flinched, he never blinked.”

Accuracy: “Excellent,” Jeremiah mentioned.

“That’s something that will continue to improve,” Riddick mentioned. “I have no issues with him being able to make the throws that he needs to make and make ’em consistently, in terms of he gives his receivers their best chance to make the catch.”

Leadership: “It’s off the charts,” Riddick mentioned. “He’s mature well beyond his years, and he came off as being as selfless as it comes.”

“Off the charts,” Jeremiah mentioned. “Everything that I was told from Clemson, from talking to those guys when he was coming out, they just raved about his leadership. And then, the ability to be dialed in and focused on a daily basis.”

Pocket presence: “He’s poised and comfortable,” Jeremiah mentioned.

“That’s something that’s continually going to be developed, and understand that that clock in your head is gonna have to be much faster than it was at Clemson,” Riddick foundation.

Arm power: “Plenty,” Jeremiah mentioned.

Field imaginative and prescient: “Evolving,” Jeremiah mentioned. “I think you’re seeing that improve.”

“That’s again something that’s gonna continue to be a work in progress,” Riddick mentioned, “and will develop, because No. 1’s not gonna always be there, so getting to [option] 2 to 3 to maybe even sometimes 4 is gonna be something that will be a continual work in progress, no quarterback coming in the NFL’s gonna have it mastered.”

Decision-making: “He’s in a new system now, so it’s kind of unfair to really judge him on decision-making,” Riddick mentioned. “He’s at the infantile state in terms of trying to master this one.”

Mobility: “Outstanding,” Jeremiah mentioned. “But looking to throw with his mobility, not looking to run with it.”

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Trevor Lawrence celebrated with receiver Zay Jones.
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Moxie: “Moxie is a word that’s not often used with guys that are as talented as he is, but I think it’s appropriate, he does have moxie,” Jeremiah mentioned.

“This is a dude who will lay it on the line and will fight you to the death in a game,” Riddick mentioned, “and you’ll have to drag him off the field.”

It is precisely the best way they bear in mind Lawrence when he was the quarterback on Friday nights for Cartersville (Ga.) High School.

“He never was a big shot. He never seemed like he was better than anybody else,” Darrell Givens mentioned by telephone.

Givens is the proprietor of mom-and-pop Capri Restaurant. Lawrence, 6-foot-6 and thin and hungry, used to cease by for pancakes and gravy biscuits.

“I remember one customer that came from Gainesville, Florida, and he would stay in a hotel right up the road from us, the Hilton, and he would stay there, and he came in every home game,” Givens mentioned. “He said, ‘I’ll never make it to a pro football game, and I wanted to see a pro quarterback play.’ ”

There are nonetheless loads of No. 16 jerseys evident throughout proud Cartersville.

“He always took the time to talk to everybody,” Givens mentioned. Especially the youngsters. “He was so tall, a lot of times he wouldn’t stand and look down at ’em, he’d get down on a knee and talk to ’em,” she mentioned.

Generational quarterback.

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