JACKSONVILLE – His rookie season has been tricky on and off the field.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence discussed that Wednesday afternoon, also extensively discussing the "drama" surrounding the team in recent weeks and throughout the season.
"There has been a lot; I do think that has to change," Lawrence said as the Jaguars (2-11) prepared to play the Houston Texans (2-11) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "That's something we need to work on for sure.
"You can't always be in the headlines. You just have to go play football. That's where we're trying to get. I have no doubt we'll get there. For sure."
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, discussed multiple topics during his weekly mid-week media availability Wednesday – including his continued development as an NFL starter on and off the field.
"It's been a year where I've grown a lot for sure," Lawrence said.
Lawrence along with the Jaguars' offense has struggled in recent weeks. He has thrown one touchdown pass in the last five games and threw a career-high four interceptions this past week. But when meeting with the media Wednesday, Lawrence was asked as much about off-field topics:
- On how he handled discussing issues in the media: "You have to be wise. You can't ever take things back, that you say – especially publicly. I've learned that from watching other people throughout my career. That's something I've always been cautious of. Obviously there has been a lot of drama. For me, I think it's important to be truthful. With that, you can't say everything that's on your mind. You have to have a filter. You have to be careful."
- On how he has grown from this season: "I've gotten better in a lot of ways from this – as a leader, as a person. I've grown a lot. I don't ever have any regrets. You don't look back and wish anything different. You just keep plugging way, keep being the same person. In the long run, that ultimately wins."
- On being more confident in a leadership role: "I feel like I've had to. Obviously as a quarterback, people look to you, especially offensively – and the team. We have a lot of leaders, but still being the quarterback, it's important to be outspoken and say what you believe, say what you think, what's on your mind. I've learned how to do that more and also how to navigate different obstacles."
- On motivation for final four games: "Why you really play is for the guy next to you. That's why you play. It's why you want to come to work. It's why I love coming to work every day. You get to be with those guys and try to build something special. That doesn't change, just if it's not going well. It's still the most important thing. That's one thing I'm proud of, how we've handled it. We're all on the same page – like, just go play, play for the guy beside you. It's more important now than ever and the guys have done a great job. That's definitely big motivation for me. There are a lot of guys that have been through a struggle here the last few years – and to see how this year's going, it motivates me a lot just to finish strong and to try to get this thing going in the right direction before we head out of here for the offseason. I have a lot of motivation. I know a lot of guys in the locker room do, too."
Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. spoke to the media Wednesday, addressing recent reports in the media about he and Head Coach Urban Meyer arguing recently: "I will just say this. There was something that was brought to my attention that I didn't like too well. I approached him about it. We talked and we handled it like grown men. That's all I have to say about that. That was two and a half weeks ago."
Four Jaguars players practiced limited Wednesday: Running back James Robinson (heel/knee), center Brandon Linder (back), offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor (ankle) and guard Ben Bartch (back). The following players missed practice: wide receivers Tavon Austin (rest) and Jones (rest), running back Carlos Hyde (concussion), defensive end linebacker Josh Allen (shoulder), linebacker Myles Jack (knee), guard Andrew Norwell (back) and defensive lineman Malcom Brown (toe).