Ranking Trevor Lawrence’s Top 5 Games As A Rookie
The 2021 season didn’t go as expected for Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but that doesn’t mean it was all bad.
The No. 1 overall pick and generational quarterback prospect started all 17 games of Jacksonville’s 3-14 campaign last year. As a rookie, the former Clemson star completed 59.6% of his passes for 3,641 yards (6.0 yards per attempt) for 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, which included a long stretch where Lawrence didn’t touchdown pass throw.
But even though Lawrence’s rookie season was cut short by the Jaguars’ dysfunction on and off the field under Urban Meyer, there were still moments and weeks of genius from Lawrence, who consistently showed the talent that has made him a No. 1 unanimous pick overall. .
So which games were Lawrence’s top five? Which weeks stand out compared to the rest of his rookie season? We break it down below.
5) Vs. Jets in Week 16
The Jaguars failed to turn Lawrence’s Week 16 performance against the New York Jets and fellow rookie Zach Wilson into a victory, but it was still an encouraging performance from Lawrence. Lawrence went 26 of 39 for 280 yards in a 26-21 loss, which is even more encouraging considering he was without star running back James Robinson for most of the competition.
Lawrence was playing with patchwork pieces in Week 16, but he still had his fourth-best completion percentage, third-best passing yards, fifth-best quarterback, fifth-best adjusted yards per attempted pass, the second first try and the best. percentage of first downs all season. He was also smart with the ball, posting his lowest bad throw percentage of the season. Lawrence was the better quarterback that day, but the Jets were the better team.
#4) Vs. Titans in Week 5
The Jaguars fell short of a win in Week 5 following Urban Meyer’s bar fiasco the previous week, but the Jaguars saw Lawrence put in his second straight strong performance after a strong start against the Bengals from Cincinnati the previous week. The Jaguars then fell to 0-5 after a 37-19 loss, but the 18-point loss was not due to Lawrence’s play.
Lawrence completed 23 of 33 passes (69.70%) for 273 yards and a touchdown with an interception, while rushing for a score. It was Lawrence’s third most accurate game of his rookie year while his 92.1 quarterback rating was his fourth best. Add to that his fourth-best adjusted yards per pass attempt of 7.54 and his second-lowest bad throw percentage of the season and it was a solid week from Lawrence.
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#3) Vs. Dolphins in Week 6
Lawrence’s first NFL win and game-winning drive crossed the pond against the Miami Dolphins, with the Jaguars knocking down a game-winning field goal in the dying seconds to win 23–20 against a then-struggling Dolphins team. It was the end of a generally good day for Lawrence who consistently put the Jaguars in good stead without a fumble.
Lawrence finished the game 25 of 41 (60.98%) for 319 yards and a touchdown, while making several big throws for the Jaguars in the clutch and converting key third downs throughout the contest. His 93.4 quarterback rating was the third-best in his rookie year while his 8.27 adjusted yards per attempt was his second-best rating as a rookie.
No. 2) Vs. Bengals in Week 4
Arguably, Lawrence’s release party — or it would have been if Meyer hadn’t dragged the Jaguars into chaos — was Week 4 of Thursday Night Football against Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Although the Jaguars defense offered virtually no resistance to Burrow and the eventual AFC champions, Lawrence and the Jaguars nearly eliminated them in a 24-21 loss.
Lawrence threw no interceptions against the Bengals after throwing seven in his first three games, while completing 70.83 percent (second best of his season) for 204 yards and a rushing touchdown. The game saw Lawrence play error-free football, finishing with his second-best quarterback rating and the best adjusted yards-per-attempt figure of his entire rookie season.
No. 1) Vs. Foals in Week 18
There was never any doubt which game was Lawrence’s best, was there? The Jaguars’ shocking 26-11 win over the Colts in Week 18 in Jacksonville not only knocked the Colts out of the playoffs, it gave the Jaguars and Lawrence a solid performance to close out the season, giving them much needed confidence. necessary when entering. 2022. Lawrence knocked out former Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus in his last game as a rookie, completing 23 of 32 passes (71.88%) for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Not only was it Lawrence’s first multi-touchdown game since making his debut in Week 1, it was one of six games in which Lawrence didn’t return the ball via fumble or interception. Lawrence’s 118.8 quarterback rating was the highest in any game his rookie year, he had the third-best adjusted yards per pass attempt in any of his games, third-best first down percentage highest and third lowest bad pitch percentage. Lawrence saved his best for last as a rookie, and the Jaguars are now hoping he can take this game and use it as a springboard to 2022.
“I was – lucky or unlucky, I was on the opposite sideline the last game of the year with a chance to make the playoffs,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor said after he was hired.
“Trevor comes out, he’s like 20 of 25 in the very first half, 9 of 11 on 3rd down, he kind of lit us up and kept us out of the playoffs. I remember that vividly At the time, I had a bad taste in my mouth, but now on this side, it was very encouraging, very exciting to see.”