Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence has had a disastrous start to his NFL career but he insists his confidence isn't shaken. Lawrence, who was selected at No. 1 in this past NFL, has been a turnover machine through the first three games of the season.
On Sunday, Lawrence threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles as the Jaguars lost to the Arizona Cardinals. "You learn from all of them, but you can't let it change the way you play," Lawrence said after Sunday's 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field.
"As far as making better decisions, that does need to change for sure, but I've got to be the same guy. I still have to go play. I can't play timid, and not take any shots or chances." Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer came to the defense of Lawrence.
"Trevor is a unique individual, and he competed his tail off," coach Meyer said. "When something is not there, throw it away and one of them was not his fault. One of them was a dropped pass. You can't do that with a young quarterback.
Can't do that. That's unacceptable. It's unacceptable with an old quarterback, but you just can't do that. It just drives me nuts. "I know what he's going to be like tomorrow. Same way he was last week. He's the most consistent -- one of the most consistent players I've been around."
Lawrence won't change his approach to the game
"I'm the same person," Lawrence said. "Like I said, that's not going to change. I think that's part of the reason why I'm here. I'm going to be the same person every day."
Meyer insists that Lawrence is unique and that he will improve going forward. "Big picture, other than score -- leadership, intangibles, the work ethic, the character, the desire to be great, his support from his teammates, his support of other teammates [is great]," Meyer said.
"He's a very unique guy. [...] I've been very fortunate to coach some elite, elite players, and he's one of the most elite, just the way he handles himself. "The players see what I see. They see what the world is going to see, and that's a hell of a player that cares deeply for Jacksonville, cares deeply for his teammates. Really, it's a refreshing guy to be around every day, and he will get better. I guarantee you that."