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Jaguars in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes after another embarrassing loss

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After another dismal Sunday at TIAA Bank Field, one thing became perfectly clear: The No. 1 overall pick is definitely in play for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It didn’t look that way after the first two weeks after beating Indianapolis in the season opener and playing Tennessee tight in Nashville, where they’ve struggled to keep games close. There was optimism the Jaguars were going to be competitive and better than expected.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

But that disappeared after the last three weeks and is more pronounced after Sunday’s 34-16 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Jaguars are definitely players in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes.

The 1-3 Lions were the Jaguars’ best chance to pick up a victory. Look at the rest of the schedule. At the Los Angeles Chargers? The Jaguars are 3-12 on the West Coast. Home against a Texans team whose only victory is against … the Jaguars? Maybe.

But home against Pittsburgh? At Green Bay? At Baltimore? At Minnesota?5

The Jaguars entered the weekend with the third-best chance of earning the No. 1 overall pick in the ESPN Football Power Index behind both New York teams. Then they got routed by a Lions team that had blown double-digit leads in three of its first four games and led by a coach possibly on the verge of getting fired.nfl replica jerseys china

It also has become clear over the past month that Gardner Minshew II is not developing into the franchise quarterback the Jaguars had hoped. Since completing 95% of his passes and throwing for three TDs and no interceptions in the season opener, Minshew has thrown eight TD passes and five interceptions — with five of the TD passes coming when the Jaguars were trailing by double digits.

He’s still struggling in the pocket and hasn’t been as accurate with his downfield passes, which had been one of his strengths. In fairness, there’s a lot of pressure on him and the offense to keep up with a defense that struggles to stop anyone, but franchise QBs are able to deal with that and, at times, thrive.

Most expect Lawrence to be that guy — and the Jaguars look like they could end up in position to get him.

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