Most observers are willing to give Trevor Lawrence a mulligan for his disappointing rookie campaign.
Entering the NFL as perhaps the most highly regarded prospect since Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick accrued only 3,641 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions for the 3-14 Jacksonville Jaguars. His 6.0 yards per pass attempt were the least among any starting signal-caller.
But those underwhelming results came amid the chaos of Urban Meyer's disastrous coaching tenure. As a result, some fans and pundits are wiping the slate clean for Lawrence and pretending 2021 never happened.
Lawrence, however, isn't entirely erasing last year from his memory.
Speaking to reporters at the start of Jacksonville's offseason program, per Pro Football Talk's Myles Simmons, the 22-year-old acknowledged a different atmosphere under new head coach Doug Pederson. Yet he also plans to carry over learning experiences from his tumultuous rookie season.
I wouldn’t say starting over. In some ways, yeah. I wouldn’t say everyone, but most of the coaches are new, still have a couple that carried over. But I would say just from an energy and morale boost, it does feel like starting over in a good way. There’s a lot of positivity in the locker room, the building, a lot of energy which has been great.
But I’ll say, I think it’s important to just kind of learn from last year and always not necessarily think about that all the time — you don’t want to think about the bad things. But you want to use what you learned and not make the same mistakes, especially as individuals, as players. Things that went right, went wrong, we all have things we can get better at. For me, I learned so much I wouldn’t say it’s like starting over because I’m thankful for those things I learned. I don’t want to start over. I want to keep those in my back pocket. So, stuff like that, I think it’s a good way to look at it and I think guys are doing that.
Along with a new coaching staff, Lawrence will welcome fellow 2021 first-round pick and Clemson teammate Travis Etienne, an explosive running back who missed all of last season with a foot injury. The Jaguars also bolstered their offense by signing wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram.
Lawrence gave a diplomatic answer, but everyone is probably hoping for a successful reset in Jacksonville.