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TE Evan Engram and QB Trevor Lawrence Explain the Motivation At 2024 OTAs

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JACKSONVILLE – The early offseason vibe remains the late offseason vibe.

Trevor Lawrence early Monday afternoon spoke to the media as the Jaguars' 2024 offseason program nears an end, reiterating what he and Head Coach Doug Pederson have publicly stated in recent months.

There's strong motivation around the Jaguars' these days, and the recent past is one reason.

"It adds a little chip on your shoulder," Lawrence said.

Lawrence, entering his fourth season as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, wasn't the only player offering those sentiments as Week 3 of Jaguars Organized Team Activities continued at the Miller Electric Center.

Veteran tight end Evan Engram, who led the Jaguars with 114 receptions last season, said while losing five of the last six games to miss the playoffs in 2023 isn't "lingering in my mind," there is a focus on correcting the "weaknesses that put us in that position.

"There's a fire lit under us," Engram said.

Engram, entering his third season with the Jaguars, is among at least 15 key players/contributors starters who have had key roles since Pederson took over as head coach in 2022. That core group includes Lawrence, wide receiver Christian Kirk, left tackle Cam Robinson, right guard Brandon Scherff, running back Travis Etienne Jr. offensively.

Defensive players entering a third season under Pederson include: Cornerback Tyson Campbell, safeties Andrew Wingard and Andre Cisco, edge defenders Josh Allen and Travon Walker, defensive tackles Roy Robertson-Harris and Davon Hamilton and inside linebackers Devin Lloyd and Foye Olukuon among others.

Engram said the focus among leaders as OTAs and the offseason program end "is eliminating the things that are in our control that bit us late last year."

"That's where my energy is and that's where I feel the leadership needs to work toward, too," Engram said. "Last year's over and done with. I do think as a franchise and as a team that's trying to go to another level, everything happens for a reason, and maybe we needed to experience that [last season], to get punched in the mouth and be humbled a little bit.

"Moving forward, it's controlling what we can control and making sure that's the best to its ability. I can almost guarantee that will happen."

Lawrence, too, spoke this week of a focused team throughout the offseason program. He was asked Monday during what likely will be his last media availability of the offseason if last season remained a real motivation or if it was a "non-factor" five months after the end of the season.

"I wouldn't say it's a nonfactor," he said. "I think it does add a chip to your shoulder when you finish the season the way we did. I've said it before: 'There's only one team happy at the end of the year. That's who wins the Super Bowl.'

"No matter what, you always have something that you're trying to reach and achieve, and that's the goal. For us, though, it has to be the same goal every week, to get that much better and put ourselves in a position to be playing meaningful games in December, January and make a push at the end of the year and just get better every week.

"When you look back last year, it's almost like we peaked a little too soon, and we didn't finish the season the way we wanted to. It's important to be playing your best at the end of the year."


  • Pederson on Lawrence continuing to grow as a leader entering his fourth NFL season: "You kind of lump all the great ones and all the good quarterbacks in that boat They're good leaders in the locker room, off the field, with the coaching staff. It's not about necessarily being vocal. I played with one of the greatest in [Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback] Brett [Favre] and he wasn't a vocal guy, but he just led by example and spoke up when he had to. Trevor is very similar that way. He speaks when he has to, but just things we've seen this offseason have been very positive that way, and we just got to continue to grow in that direction."


  • Pederson on the Jaguars' identity entering 2024: "You've heard the guys talk a lot about. We've talked a lot about it. You definitely want to be a physical football team. You want to be a smart football team. You don't want to beat yourself. Those are all I think three obvious traits that you want your football team to be, then ultimately schematically it just depends on how the season goes and what begins to unfold."

Embrace every opportunity. Check out some snapshots as the Jaguars continue to work at OTAs. 🔥

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