I know, Trevor Lawrence had a rough showing as a rookie in 2021 but I need you to hear me out. I want to take a few minutes of your time to talk about what gives me hope in TLaw this upcoming season.
Trevor Lawrence: Why the Hope?
Everyone saw a Jaguars team crumble from the top down last year, ownership made mistakes in hires and tried to rectify those this offseason, with the addition of Doug Pederson and his staff to lead this team forward. When you look at Pederson, that alone should give you excitement because he’s had a top 15 ranked offense, in terms of passing attempts, his entire time as a head coach in the NFL.
When you look at TLaw, he looked like a quarterback that was trying to do his best to not make things worse, at times very much looking like a rookie and at other times, showing flashes of what excited teams coming out of Clemson. The team addressed many needs by spending money on free agents Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, Zay Jones and offensive lineman Brandon Scherff.
My hope lands in the middle of all this change, I believe this will be the best offensive line Lawrence has ever had, on top of some of the best skill position players he’s had in some time and I expect that to add up to success for him and the team in 2022. Do I love who they spent the money on? Not so much, as none of the players they brought in have ever really been #1 targets on their previous teams, so there’s some concern about how they plan to use them all.
What I do think is that they are fairly deep with the additions and hold overs like Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault, this team can really look to play mismatches with opposing defenses. Lawrence has the tools to not only utilize all the different styles of receiver he has currently, he can extend the play with his legs to either get you rushing yards or just give his receivers time to get open and I think they are moving this team in the right direction.
Currently, if you check placers like MFL, they’ve got him pretty similar when it comes to stat lines and I don’t know that I agree. If you look at the strength of schedule, he’s got one of the easier once at this time (Thanks FantasyPros), and we’ve seen big second year jumps from recent star quarterbacks like Joe Burrow, so why can’t Lawrence take a leap this year?
Trevor Lawrence: What’s the Cost?
I have acquired one share of Lawrence since the end of last season, in a league that is currently 1QB but converting to Superflex after this season. So I can say he’s certainly attainable, and the trade in question was a 1,2 and 2 3s for Lawrence and CEH (CEH I then flipped for a player I wanted more but I knew that going into this deal).
If you are looking to acquire him, you really have to look to do so soon or wait until the trade deadline or offseason, depending on the owner who has him rostered. Payment wise, I still see him as at least a 1 & 2 in SF, 1 and a player with potential or 2nd and a stud but I wouldn’t overpay for potential at this point.
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A Sports Fan since the early 90's, coming from the Metro-Detroit area gives me a well-spring of great sports memories and foundation for providing you advice and insights to help all your teams be successful!
I've been in dynasty football since 2001, NBA, NHL & MLB since the 2010 in various roles. A member of the Rotoheat team since late July 2018, I've been able to apply a calm, humorous and friendly approach to managing your teams.
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