JACKSONVILLE – He's good and getting progressively better.
And if people didn't always believe that would happen for Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and if maybe those people were vocal in that belief, make no mistake: Lawrence is aware.
"I remember everything," Lawrence said as the Jaguars (5-8) prepared to play the Dallas Cowboys (10-3) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lawrence, who on Wednesday received his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, discussed multiple topics during his media availability that day. Among them: a two-interception performance in a 21-17 Week 8 loss to the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium in London.
Head Coach Doug Pederson on the Rich Eisen Show this week called the game a wakeup call for Lawrence, who on Wednesday agreed.
"I'll never forget how I felt in that locker room after the game," Lawrence said. "Obviously, it wasn't a good day for me. Really, it felt like that a couple of times, but none more than after that game. I felt like I let the team down. … Should've won that game. That was our fifth (loss) in a row, so I was just …
"I never forgot how I felt in that locker room because I never want to feel like this anymore."
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, had thrown six interceptions this season to that point, including three red-zone interceptions – one in a 29-21 Week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, one in the end zone in a 13-6 Week 5 loss to the Houston Texans and one in the end zone in the loss to Denver.
Lawrence said one message to himself following the Denver loss was: "I'm going to start taking care of the ball."
"But two, I just want to be the player that I know I can be," Lawrence said, "and I think that kind of flipped a switch in me."
Lawrence, who threw for a career-high 368 yards and three touchdowns with a rushing touchdown while playing through a toe injury in a 36-22 victory at AFC South-leading Tennessee Sunday, has thrown for 10 touchdowns with no interceptions since the Denver loss.
And yes, he said, he remembers the criticism that preceded the last five weeks.
"Honestly, I have a little bit more of a chip on my shoulder now just because of the last year and a half," Lawrence said. "I don't really forget what's been said and what people have written. Now, you see people change their mind after a couple weeks. I don't use that necessarily as my only fuel, but I definitely use that.
"I think that's something this team's done. We kind of remember what people were saying when we lost five in a row, and we've won some big games now, and people kind of change their minds quick, so we just have that same mentality that we want to prove how good we can be every week, and I think that's been the cool thing about this team."
Lawrence also on Wednesday discussed the last play of Sunday's victory over Tennessee when he confronted Titans defensive lineman Kevin Strong after he kneeled to run out the clock. Titans players aggressively hit center Luke Fortner on the snap, after which Lawrence and Strong met and had words. After the players were separated, Lawrence pointed at the scoreboard before leaving the field.
"I just have a blast out there," Lawrence said. "I love playing with those guys, especially the group up front. [We] just have a great relationship, take care of each other. That's where some of that comes in. I think there have been times when we've needed a spark. Things like that – myself along with the other guys – have been able to give us that.
"We have a lot of guys that are able to find that, and I think guys kind of get behind that as well."
- The Jaguars' offense this season leads the NFL in sackless games with six, and the unit has allowed no sacks in four of the Jaguars' five victories. The Jaguars are tied with the Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers for the fifth-fewest sacks allowed this season with 23 through 13 games.
- "It says a lot," Head Coach Doug Pederson said, adding of the Jaguars’ offensive line: "These guys work hard together. They practice well. It starts with [rookie center] Luke [Fortner] inside with communication and spreads from there. All five guys have played really well. They've played solid and consistent and that's what you ask for from your offensive line. They pride themselves on keeping the quarterback as clean as possible."
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