Trevor Lawrence doesn’t believe he’s ‘doing it again’, enjoying the positivity Doug Pederson brings to Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence is getting a fresh start with the Jacksonville Jaguars in his second season in the league, but it looks like something of a rookie for the No. 1 pick in 2021. After the Urban Meyer fallout that contributed to the disastrous season Lawrence’s rookie, Lawrence has another opportunity to prove he can succeed in the league with Doug Pederson developing him.

Pederson said he views 2022 as a rookie season for Lawrence, but it’s not a rebuild or teardown for the young quarterback. Lawrence is basically starting over at quarterback under Pederson’s tutelage β€” not in the way you’d see him.

“I wouldn’t say start over. (But) in some ways, yes,” Lawrence said at the Jaguars’ minicamp on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say everyone, but most of the coaches are new, there are still a few left. But I would say just from a boost of energy and morale, it feels like starting again in the right direction.

“There’s a lot of positivity in the dressing room, the building, a lot of energy which has been great. But I will say I think it’s important to kind of learn from last year and not always thinking about this all the time, you don’t want to think about the wrong things, but you want to use what you’ve learned and not make the same mistakes, especially as individuals, as players. went well, went bad, we all have things we can get better at.

“For me, I’ve learned so much that I wouldn’t say it’s like starting over because I’m grateful for those things I’ve learned. I don’t want to start over. I want to keep them in my back pocket. So , stuff like that, I think that’s a good way to look at it and I think guys do that.”

Lawrence finished his rookie season completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,641 yards with 12 touchdowns for 17 interceptions (71.9 rating). Of the 31 qualified quarterbacks, Lawrence was 29th in completion percentage, 31st in touchdown percentage (2.0%), 24th in interception percentage (2.8%), 31st in yards per attempt (6, 0) and 30th in quarterback rating.

Pederson, a former NFL quarterback and Super Bowl-winning head coach himself, is working on building an offensive line and improving the wide receiver position around Lawrence. It will also work on its mechanics while installing a new offense in the process.

Lawrence is right. He is heading in the right direction.

“I think it’s important when you know your coach has been there, he’s been in your shoes, he’s played quarterback. And
then also having that success at that level as a head coach, he won a Super Bowl, you saw his run with the Eagles, all those things,” Lawrence said. β€œTo be able to rely on that to help us is huge.

“Obviously that’s the goal of winning a Super Bowl and that’s going to be the goal until we get there. So having someone who’s done it and knows how to do it, that’s helps a lot and it gives us a lot of confidence. So far it’s been great to see how he runs things. [He’s] really laid back, expected a lot from us obviously. I think it’s important that you have those high expectations for your team, but I think he’s handling things the right way.”

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