Trevor Lawrence did enough to become the starter of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
That’s a good accomplishment for someone touted as the franchise’s savior.
The Jaguars are hoping that the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft can turn them into contenders.
He does have the skill set to be the Jaguars’ leader, and he’s showing that during the preseason.
In their game against the Cleveland Browns, he completed six passes for 71 yards in a few sequences.
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He had 14 completions for 113 yards against the New Orleans Saints.
It’s now his role to execute Urban Meyer’s offense and get as many wins as possible.
But while that’s easy to say, the Jaguars are like a house of cards that will crumble against the slightest opposition.
Talent Level Is Not There
As talented as he is, having Lawrence alone cannot fix the Jaguars’ problems.
Instead, it takes a solid team to become a contender.
Both the offense and defense must stand their ground to ensure victory.
Sadly, the Jaguars have several problems on both sides of the ball.
They may not even make it out of their division.
The AFC South features two teams that made the playoffs last year.
Julio Jones’ addition can make their passing game more dangerous.
On defense, they also upgraded by acquiring Bud Dupree from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Quenton Nelson also anchors the Colts offensive line.
With those two teams alone, the Jaguars can lose four games already.
Matchups with the Houston Texans can be toss-ups, and the Jaguars can lose one game to them.
That’s five games that Jacksonville can lose in their division alone.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the gauntlet that they will face this season.
Their schedule includes all teams of the hotly-contested NFC West, namely the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks.
Add those teams, and the Jaguars can potentially lose nine games.
It doesn’t end there because other AFC powerhouses like the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills will also stand in their way.
Make that 11 games lost for Jacksonville, leaving them with six more on the 17-game schedule.
Those six games are not even guarantees given how shallow the Jaguars depth chart is.
Not Much Help For Trevor Lawrence
Second-year running back James Robinson is one of the bright spots on offense.
He rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Robinson also had 344 receiving yards which led to three more touchdowns.
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But beyond him, the cupboard is a bit bare.
In that case, Lawrence will be in for more tragedy than triumph.