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Coordinator Thursday: Lawrence "a quick study'''


JACKSONVILLE – It's easy to know what Trevor Lawrence should expect this week.

As Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell sees it, it's also just as easy to know what Lawrence – the Jaguars' starting quarterback – should expect any week in the foreseeable future: Disguises, blitzes, different looks …

Anything to confuse.

That will be expected against the Denver Broncos Sunday – just as it's to be expected in a lot of games as Lawrence navigates his rookie season.

"Absolutely they're going to try to do that," Bevell said Thursday as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Broncos (1-0) in the 2021 regular-season home opener at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "I think everybody's going to try to do that."

Lawrence's task could be particularly tricky this week. Not only has Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio long been considered one of the NFL's top defensive minds, Denver features two big-time edge rushers – Von Miller and Bradley Chubb – and a talented secondary.

Fangio also has a reputation for disguising pre-snap looks and mixing up coverages, something Lawrence – the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft – didn't face as much against the Houston Texans in Week 1 as he could Sunday.

"They make it hard just by their pre-snap looks and the things that they present to the quarterback," Bevell said. "They make everything look the same and that makes it a challenge for us."

It's a challenge Bevell said Lawrence can handle.

"He has been a quick study," Bevell said of Lawrence, who completed 28 of 51 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions against Houston. "He's improved from practice to practice. I've seen him improve in the games. Obviously, that was his first opportunity in a true live situation where you're playing the whole game and they're game planning against you – all those different things.

"I saw him make some really good plays. There were some outstanding throws where he stepped up in the pocket, moved in the pocket and made some big-time throws. And there were plays obviously we want to have back, and he'll have an opportunity to learn from.

"The way he has been progressing at this point, I know he'll learn from those and be better this week."

While Lawrence ran just once for minus-2 yards against the Texans, Bevell said coaches in no way are discouraging him from running in the correct situations.

"We want this guy to use his athletic ability," Bevell said. "He has been playing quarterback for a long time. We're definitely not trying to take his legs away from him at all. If he sees it and feels it, we want him to use his legs. All we're asking him is to be smart at the end of the play and not take big hits."


Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen: "You can't overreact. If you're up and down in this league, it will bury you. It's a man's league. You can't overreact. It's a 17-game season. There are 16 more of these. That one's gone. It's over. Learn from it and move on."


Bevell on the Jaguars' pre-snap issues early against Houston: "We just have to orchestrate overall better. Whether it starts with me getting the play in quicker, getting the personnel on and off the field better, giving Trevor and those guys more time at the line … all of that can done better. We've addressed that." The Jaguars committed four pre-snap penalties – including three illegal formations –and took two timeouts offensively against the Texans.


Bevell on Thursday also addressed the Jaguars' dropped passes against the Texans. In addition to the pre-snap penalties, Jaguars receivers dropped multiple passes early, with wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. dropping a would-be first down on a first-quarter third-down pass from Lawrence. "I don't think it's going to be a problem," Bevell said. "We did have a couple in the game. DJ had a couple and I think [running back] James [Robinson] had one. To me, it comes down to a focus thing. All of these guys are very skilled athletes. You have to just continue to focus all the way through. Sometimes you're a little nonchalant on catching the ball. You're by yourself. You're focused more on getting ready to run than catching. You just have to continue to focus all the way in and all that will take care of itself."

The top photos are in from the Jacksonville Jaguars practice on Thursday September 16 ahead of this weekend's Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

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