JACKSONVILLE – He’s more concerned with the future than the recent past.
Trevor Lawrence was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday this week, an honor that validated his second straight standout performance. It was his first such award in his 20-game career as an NFL starter.
But while Lawrence has improved this season, he wants more. Much, much more.
“There’s still a lot of growth to happen,” Lawrence said as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (2-1) prepared to take on the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . ., Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lawrence’s growth so far this season has been dramatic.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Lawrence threw 12 touchdown passes with 17 interceptions as a rookie last season and completed 59.6 percent of his passes as the Jaguars went 3-14. During the Jaguars’ current two-game winning streak — the first two-game winning streak of Lawrence’s career — he completed 53 of 69 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
Head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Lawrence, named Player of the Week, “appears to be making progress.”
“The guys around him are playing extremely well, the offensive line and really everybody on offense,” Pederson said. “It’s part of the progression of our offense and the steps we need to take to be a great offense in this league.
“We’re not there yet, but it’s a step in the right direction. He also understands that he can’t get that kind of recognition without the guys around him.”
Lawrence became the first Jaguars player to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week since quarterback David Garrard in 2010. Lawrence said the award “says more about this organization, this team in particular, the staff, the players that are around me.”
“Obviously I’ve been able to play well the last few weeks, but a lot of it has been the guys around me and the coaches around me,” he said. “We’re all putting each other in positions to be successful and that’s kind of how it works. Everyone’s just doing their job and it’s been a lot of fun.
“Obviously I’m happy with the way I played, but I know there’s things I can do better, there’s things this offense can improve on, so we’re going to focus on the things we need to improve on.”
Lawrence has thrown six touchdown passes with one interception in three games this season. His passer rating is 103.1 after a 71.9 rating last season. That reflects the overall improvement of a Jaguars offense that ranks sixth in the NFL in total yards (375.7 yards per game) and seventh in scoring (28.0) after ranking 27th (305.4) and 32 .place (14.9) in the previous season’s categories.
The offense has been more efficient week by week, scoring 22 in a Week 1 loss at Washington, followed by 24 and 38 in Week 2 and Week 3 wins over Indianapolis and the Los Angeles Chargers, respectively.
“We have things we know we’re good at, things we like to do, but it’s always evolving,” Lawrence said. “That’s what good teams have to do. Your game plan isn’t going to be the same every week. A lot depends on who you’re playing and obviously you have to find ways to do what you do and things, well you’re fine.
“At the end of the day, you have to plan your opponent and I think our staff did a great job of that. We did a good job as players executing it and sticking to the plan, especially the last two weeks. That’s the biggest difference between Week 1 and weeks two and three.”