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The Jaguars might have a Trevor Lawrence problem, too


To this point in the NFL season, nearly all of the drama surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars – and there has been a lot of it – has had to do with head coach Urban Meyer. However, No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence’s struggles are getting harder to ignore.

Lawrence, 22, threw four interceptions against the Titans on Sunday, a 20-0 shutout loss on the road against a division rival. The Clemson product is now tied with Joe Burrow for the NFL lead with 14 picks on the season, and the Jaguars fell to 2-11.

All four of Lawrence’s picks came in the second half. The first was the result of a deflection on a ball Laviska Shenault Jr. should have caught, but two were ill-advised deep balls and another was thrown right to Tennessee linebacker Jayon Brown as Jacksonville threatened to move into the red zone for the first (and only) time of the afternoon.

Trevor Lawrence gets tripped up against the Titans.
Trevor Lawrence gets tripped up against the Titans.
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Lawrence has completed 58.2 percent of his passes this season for 2,735 yards, nine touchdowns and those 14 picks. He only has one touchdown pass in his last six games, and hasn’t passed for more than 228 yards in any of them.

It’s certainly fair to pin at least some of the blame on the situation. The first year of the Meyer NFL experience has been a disaster to say the least; over the weekend, a wild report from NFL.com stated that Jaguars players are fed up with the coach, who reportedly called his assistant coaches “losers” and challenged them to publicly defend their résumés during a meeting. That was all in addition to the viral video of a woman who is not Meyer’s wife dancing on his lap in a Columbus, Ohio bar in October.

Trevor Lawrence reacts during the Jaguars' loss to the Titans.
Trevor Lawrence reacts during the Jaguars’ loss to the Titans.
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The Jaguars also don’t have much around him in terms of offensive weapons. Top receiver DJ Chark has been on injured reserve since Week 4. Shenault has struggled in his second year, and leading rusher James Robinson has found himself in the doghouse and off the field recently (certainly another thing one can blame on Meyer).

Trevor Lawrence during the second half against the Titans
Trevor Lawrence during the second half against the Titans
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Still, Lawrence has not lived up to his billing as the next “can’t miss” quarterback prospect to enter the NFL. It might not be fair to properly judge him until he has anything more than utter chaos surrounding him, but if rough performances like Sunday’s keep adding up, so too will the questions.



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