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This week's edition comes from "rumandcokejefe".
I know, I know that this headline will grab all Jaguars fans eyes immediately, and while some may see it as far-fetched, I’m here to convince you that it’s not that crazy at all. In this post, I will go over the weapons that were added to help Lawrence, the schedule that the Jaguars have this year, and the historical quarterback development. And while this is not a gambling article, and I always encourage responsible gambling, Lawrence is +1600 to win the MVP, and maybe this article will swing you in that direction.
First, let’s start with the weapons that surround the star quarterback. Lawrence should have a better season with a large group of returning skill players and the addition of Calvin Ridley. This offense ranked 10th in the NFL in points and yards per game last season. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Ridley was acquired in a trade last season with the Falcons. I remember him because he was on my fantasy team, but in 2020, he was a clear wide receiver number 1 for the Falcons with 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Ridley has an excellent history of precision route running and always has the potential for a big play, as we saw in Game 3 of the preseason. This should add another element to this already flourishing Jaguars offense and will definitely help Lawrence in his quest for NFL MVP. If Ridley plays like a WR1 this year, coach Pederson could throw Kirk in the slot. Kirk, who had 84 receptions for 1,108 yards and 8 touchdowns, could also flourish in the slot and open up the entire field for Lawrence. With Ridley and Kirk playing like the elite wide receivers they are, Zay Jones will have fresh legs and can show his explosive playmaking ability. With Engram running underneath routes, the options for Lawrence are endless.
Second, the backfield for Lawrence is filled with speed, power, and chemistry. We all know how good Lawrence and Etienne were at Clemson, and these two have been playing football together for going on six years now. This chemistry is hard to find with a third-year quarterback and running back duo, but their past experience really helps their overall development and success in the NFL. Along with his running ability, Etienne also has the ability to catch passes out of the backfield. This is an elite two-way running back that will help Lawrence throughout the season and should be as fun to watch as they were at Clemson. Also, with the addition of third-round running back Tank Bigsby, who I have fallen in love with over the offseason, the running game should fill a hole that it had last year. The inability to convert the short yardage distance with the ball on the ground was a weak spot for Jacksonville last year, and the addition of Tank should help that. I mean, his name is Tank; how can he not be a good short-yardage running back?
My last and final argument for Lawrence to have an MVP season is his development as a quarterback compared with other quarterbacks historically. Let’s all just throw out that first season under Urban Meyer. I would not be surprised if Urban Meyer was not allowed in the city of Jacksonville for the rest of his life, and for good reason. Lawrence had every makings of a successful NFL quarterback, and Urban was too busy talking to 21-year-old girls at bars and physically assaulting his players during practice. Thankfully, the organization was able to find the perfect head coach for this position in Doug Pederson. Historically, the jump from year two to year three for NFL quarterbacks is a big leap, and that is what I believe will happen as Lawrence enters his second year in Pederson’s offense. In fact, he already showed in the second half of last season a large improvement in the offense as he became much more comfortable with everything.
Along with the weapons that Trevor has around him, there is something else that he cannot control but that is definitely favorable to him for this upcoming season. The AFC South has never been a great division historically, and this year it may be worse than ever. Two rookie quarterbacks are starting for the Colts and the Texans. The Colts have an extreme drama child with their owner and their running back. On top of all of this, the Titans are falling apart in front of our very eyes. And the great news is that Trevor gets to play these teams six times this year. On top of the AFC South, they got lucky by getting to play the NFC South too. A lot of the teams in that division have big question marks at the quarterback position. The Bucs, Panthers, and Falcons do not have a bona fide starter in the league, and the Saints have Derek Carr, who is an average quarterback at best. The Jaguars can easily have seven wins from these 10 games alone, and this will definitely help in his conversation for this year's MVP.
Despite all of these positive outlooks for the upcoming season, no team in football is perfect, and the biggest question mark for this offense is the offensive line. This group went through a lot of offseason change as they lost arguably their best player in right tackle Jawaan Tyalor, who signed with the Chiefs in the offseason. Along with this departure, Cam Robinson was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's performance-enhancing policy. If Anton Harrison can play like a first-round talent, the group should be strong enough to protect Lawrence. It is very hard for any quarterback to play well if he gets hit all season, and that can be a big factor in the longevity of a star player like Lawrence.
In conclusion, with the weapons that were added in the offseason, the development in the head coach’s offense, and the favorable division schedule, Trevor Lawrence is set up perfectly to be this year's most valuable player in the NFL. As long as that offensive line holds its own, things are looking up down south in Jacksonville.