Pederson looking for growth from 'leader' Lawrence during OTAs

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Head coach Doug Pederson is hoping to see more development from quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the Jacksonville Jaguars begin organized team activities.

"Just want to see that growth in him as we sort of wind down the offseason and gear up for training camp," Pederson said Monday. "But he's been focused. He's been here, he's been attentive. He's done a good job on the football field. He's a leader. And those are the things that we want to continue now."

Pederson stressed the importance of Lawrence "staying comfortable and getting more comfortable with the offense."

The 2021 No. 1 pick struggled throughout his rookie season. Lawrence led Jacksonville to a 3-14 record after earning the starting job in training camp. Notable victories against the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts were among the few highlights amid a difficult transition from college to the NFL.

Lawrence said in April that he isn't looking to "start over" this season but instead keeping the many lessons he learned last year in his "back pocket."

The Clemson product passed for 3,641 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions, the latter of which was tied for the most in the league. He also ran for 334 yards and two scores.

Pederson, a former Super Bowl winner, was named the Jaguars' new head coach in February. He replaced Urban Meyer, who was fired after posting a 2-11 mark through 13 games.

Pederson wants to take on a mentoring role with Lawrence as well as help right the ship for a franchise that has tallied just 15 wins since its last playoff appearance in 2017.

The Jaguars have been proactive in their attempt to surround Lawrence with additional weapons. Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, and Brandon Scherff are among notable signings in free agency.

Jacksonville's offense will also receive a boost in the backfield, as Pederson revealed that Lawrence's collegiate teammate, Travis Etienne, will be ready to go for OTAs after missing the entire 2021 season with a foot injury.

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