Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer wanted to see the offense execute more efficiently before the start of the regular season, and he got just that with his rookie quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, shining during the team’s third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Playing in just three drives, Lawrence posted a nearly-perfect outing, completing 11 out of 12 of his throws for 139 yards and two touchdowns. On the first drive, Lawrence completed a perfect deep pass to Phillip Dorsett, hitting the receiver for a 39-yard gain, his most explosive pass of the preseason.
Perfect toss. What you want to see from Dorsett too. Why they brought him in: pic.twitter.com/77SZGz5m74— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) August 29, 2021
Despite playing without four of the team’s five starting offensive linemen, including left tackle Cam Robinson, guards Andrew Norwell and AJ Cann and center Brandon Linder, the Jaguars were able to execute against the Cowboys' backups.
Lawrence’s first touchdown toss of his career would come with 11:32 remaining in the first quarterback, completing the pass to a wide-open Pharroh Cooper in the end zone. It was a perfectly executed route and toss from 18 yards out. The five-play 68-yard drive looked effortless.
During his third drive of the day, Lawrence drove the Jaguars 67 yards on six plays, including a couple of longer completions including a 15-yard catch and run for tight end Chris Manhertz.
The play of the day, however, would come on a 20-yard catch and run by Laviska Shenault, who carried defenders for 10 yards, nearly making his way into the end zone.
Laviska Shenault Jr. is a problem in the open field pic.twitter.com/bvqC1DtBNj— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) August 29, 2021
After a holding penalty, Lawrence would throw two more times, both to Shenault, including a well-placed toss to the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.
Perfect toss and placement. He showed a little bit of everything today: pic.twitter.com/D4VlcR6CDH— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) August 29, 2021
Lawrence was officially named the Jaguars’ starting quarterback earlier this week. The rookie QB was frustrated by the lack of points scored during the first two preseason games, but wasn’t worried about it moving forward.
“We are going to figure it out and I am really confident in that so we have a bunch of guys that are putting the work in and we are going to do everything it takes to get on the right track. I am confident in that,” Lawrence said earlier this week.
“I am not worried. You know obviously you would like to score points than we have for sure but all stuff we can build on and we know what we need to get better at so it is just a matter of doing it and going out there and practicing it.”
The Jaguars seemed to figure it out just in time as it gets set to prepare for its regular-season opener against the Houston Texans in two weeks.