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‘We had a lot of challenges:’ Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence reflects on rookie year and looks ahead

A year ago, Trevor Lawrence filled Jacksonville with hype and hope. A year later, the hype has diminished but the hope has not.

Lawrence was put in a very difficult situation to succeed in his rookie year in the NFL.

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Action Sports Jax’s Brent Martineau sat down for a one-on-one interview with Lawrence, going over the highs and lows of his first year with the Jags.

“It would be a good one,” Lawrence said, laughing when asked how good the book on last year would be.

Lawrence had the on-field rookie blues at times that many newcomers have, but he also had to deal with many distractions with head coach Urban Meyer. The future was aligned with Meyer and Lawrence and the head coach didn’t even make it through the season.

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“We had a lot of challenges,” Lawrence said. “The way I handled it and the way the team handled it will prepare us.”

Now, Lawrence heads into his second season with a new coach in Doug Pederson. The Jags hired Pederson in February and former NFL quarterback has a Super Bowl Championship on his resume and a wealth of knowledge of the quarterback position.

“I think it will be great,” Lawrence said recently to Action Sports Jax. “He played the position and won a Super Bowl. We would have bought into anyone, but Doug brings a demeanor, energy and confidence to the room as a proven winner.”

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The Jaguars spent the most money in the NFL this offseason to try and help Lawrence take off in year two. The Jags added receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones plus tight end Evan Engram and guard Brandon Scherff.

“The relationship with QB and receiver is important,” Lawrence said about helping the additions. “The ones that are the best and have the most yards and touchdowns, have the best relationship and the chemistry is there. We have to build that over time. I’d say a lot of that is on me and and it’s on them too.”

The Jaguars have started to build that chemistry as they got on the field Tuesday for the first time this offseason. This week, the Jaguars can add even more around Lawrence and make sure season two is a lot better than his rookie year.

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