With the Kansas City Chiefs making it to the Super Bowl for the third time in the past five years, Patrick Mahomes won’t participate in the upcoming Pro Bowl festivities.
So, as per usual, the league has chosen a suitable replacement for the MVP candidate, going with Jacksonville Jaguars star Trevor Lawrence instead.
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Lawrence finally took a leap forward and proved that he could be the franchise quarterback analysts thought he’d be, leading the team to a red-hot finish to the season and an AFC South title.
Throughout the campaign, the former first-overall pick completed 66.3% of his throws for 4,113 yards, 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, adding 62 rushes for 291 yards and five rushing scores.
Lawrence was considered a nearly-perfect quarterback prospect and a can’t-miss kind of talent, but he didn’t look good at all during his rookie season.
Of course, most of that had to do with Urban Meyer’s infamous one-year tenure in charge of the Jaguars, and he was expected to be much better under QB-friendly coach Doug Pederson.
The Jaguars got off to a slow start to the season and struggled to close out games in the final ten weeks or so, but they rallied late in the year to clinch that playoff berth and the divisional title.
Needless to say, the team still has plenty of room for improvement going forward, but the early returns of the Doug Pederson era have been more than encouraging.
So, yeah, he may not be Patrick Mahomes — yet — but Lawrence has most definitely earned this Pro Bowl selection.NEXT: Trevor Lawrence Lands A Surprising Honor To Finish His Season