The Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the practice field Wednesday after taking their scheduled day off in preparation for Saturday's preseason matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville's third preseason game this year.
The preparation this week will be a bit different — similar to a typical game week in the regular season — only without some of the nuances you get out of a regular-season game plan against an opponent specifically.
Working through the game week prep, though, is something that Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor feels Lawrence has done a good job of adapting to.
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"Trevor has handled that all really well. Sometimes it's a little unfair, you don't get all these live reps and things — we ask (Lawrence) to go into a game and now (he is) seeing a different coverage than (he's) seen for the last two weeks with limited reps against it. Training camp, or the preseason, really, you kind of just ... it's your standard operating procedure," Taylor during his media availability on Wednesday.
"Here's how we do things, here's plays we put in since day one that we know the ins and outs of. Now, maybe it's not perfect against this coverage but we want to see (Lawrence) go find a completion or work through (his) progression right here on this type of play. But, he's done a good job handling all that."
Lawrence received his first bit of extensive action with the Jaguars' new coaching staff last week against the Cleveland Browns. He completed six out of 12 of his passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, a nine-yard score by tight end Evan Engram that came on fourth-and-2 during the first quarter of action.
Taylor was pleased with how the first-team offense performed, noting that there were no pre-snap penalties with that unit, and that it functioned really well as a unit with good communication throughout. At this time, though, Taylor said, it's time to work out all of the kinks in terms of what plays might work or might not work. But, as far as Lawrence, he's handling everything very well.
"You just want to continue to see him continue to play faster, continue to master the details, be a great communicator, find completions, be accurate the football. And that's all we we've continued to see with him since the day we got here for training camp through today."
This week, against the Steelers, Lawrence, and the rest of the starters, will have an opportunity to play a bit longer and game plan throughout the week. It will be another opportunity for the team's coaches to get a look at its players, too, something that head coach Doug Pederson is anticipating.
"Again just start seeing the consistency with those two units," Pederson said on Monday when asked about getting a longer look at his team. "Overall, just treating this like a normal in-season game plan type game then get ready for Atlanta next week.”
For Lawrence, he just wants to continue to see himself improve day in and day out as the team gets set to wrap up training camp and enter the regular season over the next couple of weeks. The scheme is in, Lawrence said after practice on Wednesday, now it's about "mastering" it.
"All the timing, anticipation, talking through all the adjustments every week, just watching the film, making the minor tweaks," Lawrence said on what the team is going to be working on moving forward. "But, the mindset doesn't change. I mean, we're not going to be practicing, I guess, quite as long or as much, but still, we're gonna have got a ton of practices before September 11 [when the team takes on the Washington Commanders]. And we got to make all of them count."
It was a bit of a down day for Lawrence and the offense on Wednesday, and he acknowledged that when asked about how the team bounces back from it moving forward. To Lawrence, seeing all the different looks from the defense does help the offense when it comes to game preparation, and learning from that will happen in the film room and when they get back on the field.
"Honestly, kudos to (the defense) for dialing it up today, they got us on a few (plays)," Lawrence said. "Just being able to watch that tape and talk about it together; how we're going to protect it, what our route adjustments [are], and also protection wise, what would we rather be in versus certain looks."
"So, I mean, the more you can get to that the better. That's just going to help us. But yeah, it wasn't our sharpest day offensively ... one thing I've learned is you got to be focused on the next day, not worry about what what just happened, what happened yesterday. Really focus on the next one."
Lawrence threw three turnover-worthy passes on Wednesday with one of the throws intercepted by safety Rayshawn Jenkins. His next opportunity to perform will come during tomorrow's practice session, a lighter day as the team gets prepared to take on the Steelers Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
Demetrius Harvey is the Jacksonville Jaguars reporter for the Florida Times-Union. You can follow him on Twitter at @Demetrius82.
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