JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to…
John, I know there’s nothing Trevor can do this year that makes you think he’s still not the guy going forward, but by what standards should Jags fans judge him this year?
This is a tricky question, because it’s hard to know how often Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was affected by the organization’s dysfunction last season. Many people around the league believe you have to ignore last season when evaluating him – and that the regular season against the Colts, in which Lawrence played well, could be a good sign. moving forward. However, it is difficult to know where he is in his development. My feeling is that he won’t have much of an impact on last season’s wonder because he handled it so well and with incredible maturity. How was this season judged? As he develops. We expected to see more from Lawrence last season – growth, improved play as the season went on, more competitive results and more wins as the season went on. I didn’t see enough of him as a rookie. It’s fair to expect those things this season. If we don’t see progress, then yes… it’s fair to be concerned.
Man Zone, a lot of talk about average wide receivers, but there is a sleeper in the backfield Travis Etienne Jr. He has been compared to the likes of Cam Akers, Dalvin Cook and Kenyon Drake. If he’s healthy, doesn’t that make our receivers better?
Etienne’s presence – his pace, his playmaking ability, his ability to tighten up the defense, enough speed to worry the coordinators – will undoubtedly benefit the receiving team if he plays there. All of the aforementioned traits help the entire offense wherever he is in the lineup, receivers included.
Still in the dead zone? It looks like a dead zone.
The so-called dead zone is the offseason where little happens around the Jaguars, when the questions are less and when we start maybe looking ahead to training camp. That usually peaks after the off-season program in late June and goes into July. We still have the “meat” of the season program with organized group activities and many media services, so … this is not dead. Not yet. It’s not normal.
William the Contemplator from Jax
Probably not, but that’s OK. Readers and fans upset about rookie outside linebacker Travon Walker being selected No. 1 are generally upset because they believe what respected draft analysts have to say on the matter. I think many are also inclined to believe that the Jaguars made a mistake because they have seen the Jaguars make a lot of mistakes in recent seasons. If the fans are wrong and Jaguars personnel officials are right about this… well, it’s okay to give fans a pass if they don’t “admit” they’re wrong. These fans have been through a lot.
Greg from Section 122, Jacksonville
As for the person who wrote in saying our wide receivers our players are now three to five on the new depth chart means we are better: Sorry, wrong. Again, it means that the paper we look at is great. Case in point, a few years ago we signed Julius Thomas off the Broncos the year after they won the Super Bowl, and he was their tight end. Came here with a complete decline in his contract. It was probably one of the biggest free agent busts this team has ever seen. So again, I suggest patience and caution before anything is fixed. There is a lot of talk in this profession that we are better, we signed the right player, but the wins never come. God, I can’t tell you how much I hope I’m wrong and we’re enlightened. But I think Pederson died trying to upset expectations and that will take time to fix. We can’t see us getting more than six wins this year, which I think is good progress. We need another draft to address some key deficiencies on offense.
They say the championship is a copycat championship and this year it proved it again. The emergence of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver JaMarr Chase has made him a champion wide receiver, or rather reinforced the emerging theme. Everyone needs a wide receiver and the early draft is the way to go. A few years ago, the general consensus was that wide receivers were difficult to predict and first-round wide receivers were risky picks. Now everyone is trading outside to get one. With so much receiver fever brewing in the draft, isn’t there still some truth to the idea that wide receivers are harder to predict in the draft, by comparison? Are some of these choices driven by Fear of Loss? The college game has changed, but it’s hard to believe three or four years from now this draft will be the bonanza the wide receiver was drafted to be.
There seem to be fewer first-round receivers who fail in recent seasons, a trend that can likely be attributed to the passing game becoming more advanced at the college level. And even at the high school level. Still, every position has its share of crapshoots in the NFL draft. You can imagine that two or three of the receivers selected in Round 1 this season did not live up to expectations. That would be less than half of the previous rounds hitting the slot. That feels right.
It’s not a question, I think, but overall, I feel good about the season. We have the opportunity to be a competitive team, well trained and ready. The players aren’t playing (or coaching), but so far they’re looking good.
Everyone for the past few weeks has been debating our new draft picks, how good our defense will be, do we have the No. 1 receiver, how good will our offense be, etc… Let’s be honest, John; This all goes to Trevor. If he turns the corner in Year 2 and becomes “the man,” the rest of the team will be just as good as our record indicates. Trevor, Trevor, Trevor. This upcoming season is all about his development as a franchise quarterback. The jag goes as it goes.
There are more than six months between the end of the regular season and the start of training camp. That means more than 180 O-Zones with at least 10 questions in each O-Zone. That’s around 1800 questions per term. I cannot write 1800 times that Lawrence is the key and everything else depends on that. And that is not true at all. But yeah… Lawrence is the key and a helluva lot depends on that. Actually. #Trevortrevortrevor
Man, I’m not sure if you meant it, but you had a great point about us having a lot of drafts “winning” the season. As a Jags fan since Day One, the offseason has often been the best part of “the season.” That being said, I think this season is different. It doesn’t feel as “win-ly” as it did in the past. Maybe that’s a good thing?
In the area, we will ask you a question that you have not entered otherwise. Did our draft and defensive mix make the nickel corner obsolete during some of the downs?
The nickel corner won’t be obsolete for the Jaguars defense. The team signed Darious Williams as an unrestricted free agent this offseason — and the combination of Williams, Tyson Campbell and Shaquill Griffin will be on the field at the same time at outside cornerback/nickel. Now, is it possible that there will be some pass defense features that don’t have a nickel edge? Sure, but nickel will play an important role.
After watching some videos of the new writers, I like their behavior and attitude so far. I hope they are really “first team” fighters who have shown many skills. Perfect for the boardroom and a fierce tiger on gray in the field.
The Jaguars draft class is impressive. That’s especially true of the four who were heavily featured in media coverage: Walker (Round 1, No. 1 overall), Lloyd, forward Luke Fortner (Round 3, No. 65) and Chad Muma (Round 3, No. 70). They are busy, seem intelligent and well spoken. They seem happy to be here and seem able to adapt to the new direction under Pederson. Now, we will know if they can play or not.
Let’s be honest, if you and Boselli were in high school together, you’d be locked in lockers all the time.