JACKSONVILLE – He knows what he wants moving forward.
Trevor Lawrence is excited about Sunday's 2022 regular-season home opener. He also said it's clear what's needed to make this week better than last – both for himself and for the team:
"Overall, we have to execute better – myself and everybody else," Lawrence said Wednesday as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1) in an AFC South game in the 2022 regular-season home opener at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Jaguars, after ranking 27th in the NFL in total yards in 2021, rank 13th in yards and 14th in points entering Week 2. They produced 383 yards offense in a season-opening loss to Washington Sunday, with Lawrence completing 24 of 42 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown with a late-game interception.
"I just lacked consistency," said Lawrence, with Head Coach Doug Pederson adding of the second-year quarterback: "Everything's semi-new; he's still learning."
"We just have to make sure we're all on the same page, keep working with skill guys – backs and tight ends – and continue to push through," Pederson said. "He trusts us as coaches to put him in a great position and then he ultimately – bottom line – has to go perform."
Pederson on multiple occasions in recent weeks has discussed the challenge for Lawrence and other Jaguars players of learning a new offensive system. The Jaguars are running Pederson's offense after he was hired as head coach February 6.
The Jaguars also signed unrestricted free agents such as wide receivers Zay Jones and Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram this past March.
"That's a little bit of it, but that's every team every year," Lawrence said. "You have new guys. You have to adjust and make plays. That's what it comes down to. We have the guys to make those plays. At the end of the day, there are no excuses. We just have to go make them."
As the Jaguars began preparing for Sunday, a major topic Wednesday was eliminating mistakes – and improving in the red zone. The Jaguars scored touchdowns on two of five red-zone opportunities Sunday but failed to score on three first-half red-zone opportunities.
"We had a lot of opportunities and didn't capitalize on them," Lawrence said. "You're kicking yourselves because you had so many chances to win the game and you didn't. That's frustrating. But to see how we started off slow offensively and defensively and then to be able to flip it after halftime and play well – to battle back and have that confidence – I thought that was huge. "
Pederson on Wednesday said Lawrence was particularly strong Week 1 in multiple areas, including his vision down the field." He cited a 49-yard play-action completion to Kirk as an example of this. He said Lawrence could get through his in-play progressions more quickly and "throw the ball away a little quicker."
Lawrence committed two intentional-grounding penalties Sunday and said the positives from Week 1 – particularly the opportunities for big plays and touchdowns – are cause for optimism.
"I thought we had a great plan," he said. "I thought we had them schemed up pretty good. You look at a lot of third downs, a couple missed throws, and then also a couple batted balls at the line of scrimmage where a guy was in a stunt up front at the line of scrimmage and jumped up when I threw. You look at those things and it's a positive because it's something you had that you left out there. It's also a negative because you left it out there.
"[Wide receiver] Marvin [Jones Jr.] did a great job. He didn't get much love in the stats, but I thought he did a great job getting open, winning his matchups. Our whole group of receivers does a good job with that. We're just going to keep building and getting better. We'll hit those."
- The Jaguars had no players on their injury report Wednesday. Defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi was the lone player on last week's injury report, and he played in Sunday's loss to Washington.
- LB Foye Oluokun on what rallying from a double-digit deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead in Week 1 will mean moving forward: "We fought back and put ourselves in position to win. I don't know how it was before, but I definitely felt there was no 'just-because-we're-down-we're-out-of-it mentality. We fought ourselves right back in that game. We've just got to finish it now."
- Lawrence: "It's important to win. That's why we're all here. There's a lot of excitement in the city, on this team, in the locker room. It comes to a point where obviously we need to get a win – not because of the losses we've had in the past, but just because we started 0-1 and we have another opportunity this week in the division to get a game. This will be huge for us."