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Michael from Orange Park, FL

Your report on Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence Tuesday was glowing. Too glowing, me thinks. It's only Day 2, Zone. Slow thy roll.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, had perhaps his most impressive practice in two NFL seasons Tuesday on Day 2 of Jaguars 2022 Training Camp. He looked confident, poised and made quick decisions in the pocket. Some observers credited him with just one incomplete pass in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 work. It was about as good as you can look in non-padded work early in a training camp. It was a good sign because it showed Lawrence is confident and comfortable as camp begins. Such a practice by itself means little, but I was tasked with writing about that practice that day for You write what stands out and that stood out.

Rich from Dacula, GA

I love the fact that there is a lot of positive talk about the Jags this year, but it seems it is just a repeat of what we've heard before. If a quarterback has a year that is elite, we could win more games. If a "D" plays up to it's potential, we'll win more games. If a wide receiver group has no injuries, we'll win more games. If a draft choice or two or three has a good season, we're going to win more games. If a new head coach remembers how to coach quarterbacks, we'll win more games. If a starting running back can stay healthy, we'll win more games. If a new kicker can actually make field goals, we're going to win more games. So, my question then is: If a frog had wings, would he bump his butt when he jumps?

The answer to your final question is "probably not," but maybe. Or maybe not. Either way, your point is correct that much honest NFL preseason analysis hinges on very similar points year to year. Quarterbacks must play at high levels. Players must stay healthy. Draft selections must develop. The Jaguars haven't had these things happen enough lately. They also have had a lot of other issues. The end result has been a lot of losing. It feels like there is a real chance of some of these things happening. If they do, the Jaguars will start winning. Stay tuned.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, it looks like a lot of things are going well and looking good early in camp. Are any challenges or opportunities becoming visible yet?

"Things" typically go well early in training camp before padded practices begin. Things went really well for Lawrence and the offense Tuesday – and considering the offense's struggles last season, that made Tuesday's good practice for the group notable. I don't know that many challenges will become visible before pads go on. Contact and real action usually brings those issues into focus more than non-padded, non-contact work.

Mitch from Jax Beach

I had my surprise 30th birthday party at Strings for the away game against the Colts. We lost. Beer was good, though.

I don't know you, so I can't say whether I'm glad you had a bad birthday. I'm not surprised the beer at Strings was good, though. That's common.

Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA

Hi, John. Didn't Jason Taylor also play opposite Boselli in the 62-7 game? Or was he out?

You're referencing former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor, who was gracious and classy enough to join me for a recent podcast discussing former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli. That podcast can currently be found here. Taylor played against Boselli once – a 1998 Jaguars victory on Monday Night Football, a game that lives in Jaguars lore because of Boselli's animated actions toward Taylor that evening. Taylor played in the Jaguars' 62-7 victory in an AFC Divisional Playoff game following the 1999 season, but Boselli did not play in that game. He was out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fred from Naples, FL

Loved the Jason Taylor Podcast … when will Bruce Smith's be posted?

Taylor was gracious and classy enough to join me for a podcast on Boselli. He humbly and humorously recalled the 1998 game in which Boselli dominated him on national television. He gave "credit where it was due" and showed the grace, class, humility and spirit of a "Hall of Fame" player and person. What was your question again?

Jason from North Pole, AK

The gnashing of teeth has begun about not having enough practices in before our first preseason game leading to injuries, looking unprepared, etc. Is there any cause for concern here or are fans just gonna fan about preseason?

Fans gonna fan. It's what they do. This is true in the preseason. It's true in the regular season. I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I Am.

Fred from Naples, FL

It's almost "Bo-Time!"

Boselli will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame Saturday, August 6. It indeed is almost "Bo" time. I'm looking forward to talking about him and praising him some more. There has been a dearth of that in these parts lately.

John from Jacksonville

What happens if the Jags sweep the AFC South? Will time stand still or will they make the playoffs?

If the Jaguars sweep the AFC South, they will finish at least 6-11. That doesn't sound like a very good record because it's not a very good record. It's one reason I've never been quite "down" with the age-old approach of building teams to win a division. What happens when you build such a team, win the division and get beat by better teams from another division in the playoffs? I've always figured you build a team to be as good as possible and let other teams worry about beating you. Either way, time won't stand still if the Jaguars sweep the AFC South in 2022. And they would probably make the playoffs because they would be good enough to beat a lot of teams. Probably.

Michael from Henderson

To all the resilient Jaguar fans, I'm hoping Lawrence does as well (if not better) than Justin Herbert in his second year and that he is the answer at quarterback! Looking forward to Week 3 matchup. Since I went to same high school (Sheldon) and college as Herbert it's hilarious to see Dolphins fans go from "Tua Time" to calling him "Noodle Arm." September 3: Oregon at Georgia … take Oregon and the 17 points!

Michael went to high school and college and is excited about this. He also is excited about some things and doesn't like Dolphins fans. He has shared these things with us and now we know these things.

Justin from Jax

Hey, Zone. The recent questions about how much of a fan you can be compared to your professionalism got me wondering. As well as you've gotten the whole "separate work from fandom" aspect, do you ever find yourself with a silent fist pump, or a quick "Yes!" to a minor degree when the team surprised you in a good way? For example, like when we beat the Bills last year as heavy underdogs? Thanks for all you do.

Sometimes they announce during a game that there will be pizza at halftime or after a game. I have fist-pumped about pizza at halftime or after a game. I also once fist-pumped while covering the University of Florida when the Gators beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. This had nothing to do with me graduating from Florida and everything to do with the victory meaning a week in New Orleans instead of Orlando. That was fist-pump-worthy, my friend.

Matt from Tarpon Springs, FL

If the bright spots show progression for all of the offense in training camp, should we expect to see that more often throughout the season? Or do you think a lot of what you see in camp is because they're playing each other and not full-heartedly trying to hit each other as hard as usual?

If the offense looks much improved throughout training camp, it will be fair to expect some level of improvement during the regular season. Any expectations about anything in the NFL should be tempered at least somewhat until the regular season begins, though. It's a different sport when the games count.

Rob from Pittsburgh, PA

Hey, Zone. What's up, man. If both kickers struggle early in camp will the Doug bring in another kicker? Let's have great camp. Let's go, Jags.

It will depend on the extent of the struggling, but yes … Ryan Santoso and Andrew Mevis struggle in training camp/preseason, the Jaguars will sign another kicker.

Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA

Hi, John. UNDERPANTS?! Don't talk about—underpants? You kidding me? Underpants!?!

I always giggle a little when I hear or say, "Underpants." Heh-heh.