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Jaguars 2021 Training Camp: Lawrence "more and more comfortable…"


JACKSONVILLE – The learning continues.

That's an expected theme for Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and Darrell Bevell said no way will the rookie's learning "curve" be a constant upward line.

But Bevell, the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, said that's normal for a young quarterback – even one as talented as Lawrence. And Bevell on Tuesday said he very definitely likes the growth he has seen from the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

"For Trevor, everyday is a learning process," Bevell said Tuesday at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.

Bevell on Tuesday detailed Lawrence's learning process – explaining that because Tuesday marked the sixth day of Jaguars 2021 Training Camp, Lawrence therefore had six days of information to absorb, process and try to execute.

"I kind of thought it piled up a little bit on him today," Bevell said. "The first five days, I thought there was some really good recall. I thought today I could see some misalignments and those kinds of things, which you would expect at this point.

"There's a lot of stuff on him right now. There's going to be another one (installation session) tonight and another one the next day. Once we end them, it will start to slow down. We'll go back and review. We'll clean some things up.

"But each and every day, he's in there working hard, watching the tape and trying to improve."

Lawrence looked poised and accurate early in camp – with most days marked by highlight throws – and threw two interceptions early Monday. He had several big-time throws Tuesday, including a would-be long touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. that split defenders 25 yards into the route with precision timing.

"He's getting and more comfortable," Jones said. "Obviously he's a rookie – and as you get those reps, you get more and more comfortable. The playmaking ability … he's had it from the start. It's been good so far."

Bevell called Lawrence's performance Monday "understandable."

"This is where we wanted him to make those mistakes," he said. "We want him to learn. We want him to grow. We want to put him in the toughest situations possible and be able to see how he reacts right there in the moment – and then see how he's able to bounce back the next day as well.

"I like what he did. We still had another turnover today (Tuesday), but we'll continue to work on that."

Bevell said the key for Lawrence is continuing to work to reach a point where his knowledge of the offense is second-nature.

"There's that growing process for young quarterbacks where, 'I have this mastered; my side is mastered, and I don't need to think where that guy is supposed to be there or that guy is supposed to be there,''' Bevell said. "None of that. They don't need to worry about what we're doing. They can focus on the defensive side: Where do the linebackers line up? What does that motion do? That's what we're trying to get to."


Bevell on Tuesday discussed the Jaguars' wide receivers, specifically citing the importance of Jones – a 10-year veteran who enters the season as the unit's most-tenured player. "It is really important to have that guy, particularly for us in terms of our receiver room being a young room," Bevell said. "To have that veteran come in and show them how he's lasted 10 years. It's not the norm. He's lasted 10 years and done it at a high level, so 'How has he lasted 10 years? How does he take care of his body? What does he do in the offseason?' For me, it's like another coach in the receiver room. He's able to be that voice in there. It's invaluable to have a guy like that." Bevell on a wide receiver corps that includes Jones, DJ Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr.: "We have potential. We have to get it to come alive out here on the field."


Bevell: "As you go through training camp, there are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days. We put the pads on today. There was some good. There was some bad. We'll continue to grow and continue to get better. The guys have to learn all the new things that come from putting the pads back on."


Bevell on Lawrence: "There really hasn't been a throw I've seen he can't make."

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