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Camp '22: Lawrence, offense "making a lot of progress…"

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JACKSONVILLE – Five workdays in, he likes what he sees.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has had an impressive start to 2022 Training Camp in his second NFL season, his first under Head Coach Doug Pederson.

It's Year 2, and Lawrence feels good about the start – for himself, the offense and the team.

"It's going well," Lawrence said Saturday morning shortly after a practice in shoulder pads and shorts at Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Sports Campus. "We're working our way up. Guys look great. I feel like we're making a lot of progress.

"I think we're getting a lot better."

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, spoke to the media Saturday for the second time during '22 camp. It was his first such availability since Day 1, and he said he liked how the offense has functioned in the five acclimation practices that have made up Week 1.

The Jaguars hold their first full-pad, full-contact practice of '22 camp Sunday.

"We look good, we're really explosive, we are making plays," Lawrence said. "We have a lot of speed, a lot of talent, really two deep at pretty much every position. You see that we got a few more young guys this year that we can bring along and we brought in some older guys just help boost this offense.

"I feel like it's been really clean for the first week of camp."

This is the first training camp under Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson. It's the second offensive system in as many NFL seasons for Lawrence, with Pederson installing his offense and hiring Press Taylor as offensive coordinator and former San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy as quarterbacks coach.

"Like every offense, there's little things that you just learn and deeper and deeper every time you go through – nuances based on certain coverages, certain checks," Lawrence said. "You get to the point where it all opens up. And it's like, 'OK, this is also something you could check to, if you don't like this look, and you see you have a matchup here,' and then it goes off of that. It's always evolving.

"That's what is cool about camp, working through all those things. When you see it come together, you have a play and you check it and it works just like you you're both thinking, that is the cool part."

Lawrence said the transition has been smooth, and that practices have functioned well.

"When you get a new staff, some new players, a new system, that's one thing you try to limit – is mistakes," Lawrence said. "You're going to have some early on, but we've really been pretty clean. As far as knowing assignments, offensively the guys have done a really great job.

"Now it's just ironing out all the little details so we're all on the same page and really clean."

Lawrence, who threw 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season as a rookie, looked sharp through most of this week's five practices. He had a near-perfect passing day Tuesday and showed good timing with wide receivers throughout much of Saturday's practice.

"He looks crisp," Head Coach Doug Pederson said. "He sees the field really well right now. He's commanding the offense. He's still in the growth mentality, which is exciting. He still wants to get better each and every day. We've seen that out of him."

Lawrence also has appeared confident in the pocket, throwing with accuracy and appearing to make correct decisions quickly – which was also true throughout most of the 2022 offseason program.

"You have to have confidence in the work you've put in and how you prepared yourself," Lawrence said. "I think that's what gives you confidence is knowing that you are prepared. I know that I'm prepared mentally, physically, all those things, had a really great offseason, had a great spring with these guys. Then it is just building every day.

"It's not really even about how you look on Day 1. Obviously, you want to look great, but it's about how you get better every day. When September comes and we're playing in Washington [in the regular-season opener], how we look on that day is most important.

"I feel like we're in a great spot. I'm happy with where we're at. But like I said before, we've got a lot of work to do."

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