No. 2: Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence is going to be the sole reason why there’s any interest with the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Well, not completely. But let’s leave head coach Urban Meyer’s off-field antics out of the equation aside from recognizing the fact his long-term tenure with the team could ultimately make Lawrence’s maturation process more difficult.
One could make the argument Lawrence faces an equally challenging situation like Zach Wilson: shoddy coaching, a lack of talent in support and overly lofty expectations that could take years to reach, all the marks of a bad team. And Meyer isn’t making things any better, unlike what’s going on with the Jets.
Nevertheless, Lawrence has started to show why he was the No. 1 overall draft pick, showcasing some solid playmaking abilities in the Week 4 Thursday Night Football loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and then again in the Week 5 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the latter game revealing a stat line of 23-of-33 for 273 yards, one touchdown against an interception, a 92.1 passer rating and a rushing touchdown.
Now with back-to-back games of 90-plus passer ratings, the former Clemson star is at least beginning to anchor himself as a cornerstone piece.
If only the Jags had the talent to support him and a head coach to help him grow further.