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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys

December 18th, 2022
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys December 18th, 2022

JACKSONVILLE – His answer was as obvious as the question.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Thursday is expected to play in the rain and the cold, so his last game in similar conditions was understandably a topic when he spoke to the media Tuesday. Lessons learned? What will he do differently?

"Take care of the ball a little better," he said with a slight smile.

Lawrence spoke as the Jaguars (6-8) prepared to play the New York Jets (7-7) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday at 8:15 p.m. The forecast calls for steady rain with temperatures in the 40s.

"We're aware of it," Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor said. "We understand that. We understand we kind of had our own self-inflicted issues in Philly in terms of our ball security. That's something we've been aware of, and we try to emphasize that every single week going in. That's certainly something we're aware of.

"We understand we have to do a better job than we did when we saw that three months ago."

Added Taylor, "At least both teams are playing in it. That's the biggest thing."

Lawrence in Week 4 fumbled four times – losing all four – and threw a red-zone interception in a 29-21 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in a game played in steady rain and temperatures in the 50s.

"All the experience you have and stuff you can pull from is good," said Lawrence, who has completed 330 of 500 passes for 3,520 yards and 24 touchdowns with seven interceptions this season. "It's not cold here, but it has rained here in two or three of our home games, so I have experience with that – those 20-minute showers during a lot of games you get.

"We know what that's like, just having to adjust on the fly. It hasn't really affected our plan much or the way we call plays or execute. It has been good."

Lawrence said he and his teammates likely will do wet-condition drills this week, adding that there's a limit to how much a player can prepare for such conditions.

"As far as my preparation, you kind of know what to expect," Lawrence said. "It's probably going to rain. It's going to be cold. You approach it like any other week. Obviously, ball security is really important – especially in games like that. It always is, but especially in those conditions.

"Just be smart. Work on it this week – some wet-ball stuff with the wideouts and myself, throwing in those conditions. That's really it. It's all you can do."


  • Jaguars rookie outside linebacker Travon Walker practiced limited Tuesday after missing a victory over the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday with a high-ankle sprain; Walker sustained the injury in a Week 15 victory over Tennessee. Defensive Foley Fatukasi (ankle) and left tackle Cam Robinson (knee) both missed practice Tuesday, with Fatukasi expected to be day-to-day this week and Robinson likely to miss the rest of the season.


  • Lawrence practiced limited with a toe injury Tuesday; he missed two days of practice of two weeks ago and one-day last week, starting and playing each of the past two games with the injury. Other players practicing limited for the Jaguars Tuesday: Safety Andrew Wingard (shoulder), linebacker Chad Muma (ankle), guard Brandon Scherff (abdomen) and right tackle Jawaan Taylor (hamstring). Wingard, Muma and Scherff played through the injuries against Dallas and Taylor sustained his injury in the third quarter against Dallas.


  • Second-year veteran Walker Little is expected to make his first start of the season, his fourth NFL start overall, in place of Robinson Thursday. Little, a second-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, has been the Jaguars' swing tackle this season after competing with Jawaan Taylor at right tackle during the 2022 Training Camp. Little played 15 snaps for Taylor at right tackle and 15 for Robinson against Dallas Sunday. "Tons of confidence with Walker," Press Taylor said. "He stepped in and did a good job. He has playing experience from last year to draw on. There was a legitimate battle through the offseason, through training camp, at the [right] tackle position. That's because Walker put himself in a position to make that a real competition. We were fortunate that Cam and J.T. had played so well and stayed healthy to this point. But there's tons of confidence in Walker that Walker is going to step in and do his job."

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