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Jaguars 2021 Training Camp: Lawrence improving "day by day…"


JACKSONVILLE – The progression continues.

But if Trevor Lawrence's development during 2021 Training Camp remains ongoing, the Jaguars' rookie quarterback said he thus far is pleased with the progress.

"It's day by day," Lawrence said early Sunday afternoon on Day 10 of '21 camp. "I do feel comfortable but you've always got to get better."

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, turned in a second consecutive solid day of practice during the team's mock game at TIAA Bank Field Sunday – a day after passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer told media Lawrence is "progressing nicely."

Lawrence, after a standout start to camp when the team was working without pads – and with defenders not attacking passes – had a few difficult days early this past week, including a multi-interception practice Monday. He looked good throughout a controlled scrimmage Saturday, and had multiple highlight plays that day – and again Sunday.

"Every day you're evaluating, and you've got to constantly reevaluate what you need to get better at, what you consistently need to fix," Lawrence said. "I thought I had a pretty good last two days. There [are] definitely some things to clean up, just some communication and just continuing to perfect and master the offense.

"But I think these last two days, I've kind of bounced back and put two good days together; struggled a little bit earlier in the week. So, I was pleased with it. We had a good week as a team, though.

"We had to grind but that's what camp is about, and the guys really stepped up."

Lawrence's highlight of the weekend came Sunday, when he rolled right and threw back across his body – and across the field – for a 40-yard gain to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who dove for the reception as 15,500 fans attending Sunday cheered.

"He looks great," Treadwell said of Lawrence Saturday.

Lawrence on Sunday praised Treadwell, a first-round selection by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft who has stood out in '21 camp after signing with the Jaguars this past June.

"Laquon's awesome," Lawrence said. "He has some experience. He's a guy who knows football. He's really smart and works super hard. There's not anyone who's going to outwork him. He always wants to get better. He'll come to me on stuff he sees, stuff I see.

"He just communicates really well. He's right on it. That's a guy you like to play with."

The Jaguars open the 2021 preseason against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field Saturday at 7 p.m. Lawrence said he doesn't yet know his playing time for that game and said his focus remains on "preparing just for whatever."

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I'm going to make the most of whatever opportunity I get. So, for me, it's just coming here every day, practicing hard and getting myself ready for whatever that is. We're at a point now where we've pretty much installed everything and now it's just perfecting it.

"So, we've got a lot in, and the guys have done a really good job of absorbing it. I'm just trying to perfect it every day because there's always these little nuisances that—you just keep digging as you learn it more and there's always something else you can do a little bit better."


The Jaguars have worked heavy on game situations throughout '21 camp. That continued Sunday, with Head Coach Urban Meyer putting the team in multiple game and yardage situations throughout practice – and having first-, second- and third-team units take repetitions in all situations. "Almost every game in the NFL comes down to two-minute, and what you do in those key situations," said Lawrence, who never lost a regular-season game at Clemson University or in high school. "In college, we didn't have that many close games. It's just getting better at stuff I haven't done that much – two-minute, last-play situations, clock getting down … all that is stuff I need to get better at. I'm getting there, but I still have a lot of work to do."


Meyer on Sunday praised rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell and second-year defensive end/linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, saying that Campbell has been playing very well defensively in camp. "He's been really good," Meyer said of Campbell. "We're glad we got him." Campbell had multiple passes defensed Sunday, while Chaisson – who stood out in Saturday's scrimmage – had a sack Sunday. "He's had a good camp," Meyer said of Chaisson. "I'm getting to respect him because he's a – as we say around here – a 4-to-6, A-to-B guy and he goes hard. He made a couple mistakes yesterday (Saturday) but that's our job. His job is to go hard and he's doing it."

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