Trevor Lawrence’s MVP Potential
We could be looking at the 2023 MVP…
The latest NFL news mentions the emergence of Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence as a possible MVP candidate this season. Those who like to bet on NFL games or enjoy betting futures might want to consider this as your latest investment vehicle.
Lawrence’s Stock Rising
Eventually, we figure out who’s who in the NFL. We often see top draft picks enter the league with a world of potential but find out they’re all sizzle and no steak. But quarterbacks need a variety of pieces to come together to be successful in this league. They require legitimate weapons surrounding them and a steel curtain in front of them. Those pieces are often not in place for a team picking high in the draft.
And in a movie we’ve all seen many times before, Clemson’s hotshot QB, Trevor Lawrence, picked No. 1 overall by the woeful Jaguars two seasons ago, looked highly unremarkable in his rookie campaign. Lawrence ended with 12 passing touchdowns and 17 picks for 3,641 yards with a 59.6 completion rate and two rushing touchdowns.
Trevor Lawrence says 2018 Clemson was one of the best college football teams ever 🗣️
A great reminder of all the dudes on that roster ⬇️
— The Paw (@JoinThePaw) August 18, 2023
But did I mention Urban Meyer was his coach? Yes, the same Urban Meyer who made his bones as a college coaching legend only to crash, and burn at the pro level. To call his NFL coaching debut season disastrous would be kind. He was a mess on so many levels and Lawrence was merely one of his casualties.
But last season saw the heaven’s part and the sun begin to shine as Doug Pederson took the reins of the Jaguars, and the results were immediate. Jacksonville went from a 3-14 cellar-dweller to a 9-8 division champion in Pederson’s first year with the club.
Unsurprisingly, Trevor Lawrence began to thrive and improved in every statistical category with 25 passing touchdowns and 8 interceptions for 4,113 yards with a 66.3 completion rate and 5 rushing touchdowns. What a difference a coach makes.
So, here we are. While NFL news and rumors are focusing on Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and the rest of the highly-touted young guns to take home the MVP hardware, what about the kid with the Cats?
Let’s face it; the Jags reside in the pitiful AFC South, which means plenty of wins and big numbers can be had against the likes of the Titans, Texans, and Colts. That’s a total of six of Jacksonville’s 17-game regular season slate. Now add to that the Falcons, Bucs, Browns, Saints, and Panthers to the mix, and we’ve got ourselves a party.
As for weapons, Lawrence has them. The Jags picked up the previously suspended (sports betting) Calvin Ridley in a trade with the Falcons to combine with Christian Kirk, Zay Jones, and tight end Evan Engram coupled with a slick running back in Travis Etienne Jr. to complement the passing game and serve as an outlet receiver coming out of the backfield.
Still can’t get over how quick Calvin Ridley’s feet are pic.twitter.com/32M9QTOmX6
— Jordan de Lugo (@jordandelugo) August 18, 2023
Should the Jags post an 11-win – or better – season and Lawrence makes the next step in what should be an impressive career, we could be looking at the 2023 MVP, and according to the oddsmakers over at BetUS, we’d get +1600 on our money. Not bad for a dark horse.