Stephen A. Smith Picks 1 AFC South QB To Reach A New Level In 2023

The NFL shield logo on the goal post pad at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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It was hardly a surprise that the Jacksonville Jaguars were among the league’s most improved teams last year.

Their brief time together under Urban Meyer was among the most notorious in recent league history, but bringing in a Super Bowl champion like Doug Pederson immediately helped to cover that up.

They had a good finish to the season, came back in the second part of the year, and even won the division.

Because of this, according to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, who posted this via First Take on Twitter, fans should keep an eye out for Trevor Lawrence in his second season under Pederson, especially in light of what he recently accomplished in the playoffs.

After throwing four interceptions in the first half alone, Smith praised Lawrence’s perseverance and character for coming back from a 27-0 hole in his first reward game.

He commented on how amazing he was against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half, coming back and supporting his team so they could continue the playoff run.

Lawrence, whose physical attributes and football IQ have always been exceptional, made a significant improvement under Pederson, who also played the position.

In addition to having Calvin Ridley as a new weapon and a schedule that is accommodating to the team, the Jaguars will return their entire starting lineup.

Even if Lawrence doesn’t improve more, which seems doubtful given how he started to dominate last season, they might still be the side to beat in the AFC South.

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