JACKSONVILLE – Two weeks later, Trevor Lawrence likes what he sees.
He likes the progress the Jaguars has made during two weeks of 2022 training camp, and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft likes how he feels physically.
“I feel like my arm has gotten a lot stronger this off-season,” Lawrence said Monday after training for nearly two and a half hours on Day 10 of camp ’22 at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Sports Campus.
Lawrence, the starting quarterback for the Jaguars, did not play an opening loss against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. Offensive Coordinator Press Taylor said on Monday that coaches are not yet sure if Lawrence will play in Friday’s preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field.
“We’ll see,” Taylor said Monday. “Those are still things we’re getting into. There’s an opportunity. We’ll continue to have those conversations.”
Lawrence said: “Of course you want to play, but you also realize it’s a long season. It’s a marathon. When the time comes, I’ll be ready to roll.”
Lawrence, who looked confident, poised and accurate during most of his second NFL training camp, said he likes the work he and the offense have done in 10 training camp practices. The Jaguars had their most physical training of the camp yet on Sunday.
Monday’s practice was the camp’s longest yet.
“There’s no question that you get great work during the week,” Lawrence said. “That’s why we practice, especially the way our defense is. They do a lot of different things. It’s great to have a quarterback go against that every day. It makes you think. It makes you really get along on offense. communicates great throughout the camp.”
Lawrence, who hit 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions as a rookie last season, said he feels better in ’22 camp because he was better prepared. He underwent surgery on his non-pitching operation last season before the Jaguars selected him.
“I had a full off-season [this off-season] working on what I think I needed to do,” said Lawrence. “There were a lot of things going on [last season with pre-draft workouts, rehab and draft preparation] and I just didn’t feel like I could really get my body in shape the way I wanted to. I was in shape, but down to my arm I would have liked to have been a little sharper.
“I’ve worked really hard [this off-season] to keep everything tighter, to be more fluid in my movement. I feel like the ball is coming from every corner the way I want it.”
The Jaguars worked Monday in temperatures that reached 82 degrees and felt like 90. The practice consisted of extensive one-on-one work, a team run session, seven-on-seven work and 11-on-11 team drills.
The Jaguars practice at the Episcopal sports campus as construction continues on their sports facilities adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. That facility is expected to be completed by the training camp in 2023.
Here’s a look at Monday’s workout: