Bill Belichick on facing Trevor Lawrence: ’He’ll be a solid NFL player’
The Patriots (9–6) can clinch their spot within the playoffs Sunday with a win in opposition to Jacksonville (2–13), together with some assist from different groups within the convention.
When New England takes the sector at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots will be tasked with limiting the manufacturing of Jags rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who coach Bill Belichick stated Saturday he believes will be a “solid” NFL participant and possibly has a likelihood to be among the many elite.
”I believe he’s gotten extra snug because the season’s gone on and gotten snug with the offense,” Belichick informed reporters on Friday. ”I’d say the offense has gotten snug with the issues that he does finest. Positively, a good stage of execution there. They did a good job final week in opposition to the Jets, mixing in numerous forms of passes: fast throws, transferring pocket throws, deep balls, third down conversions, purple space performs. He’s fairly good in any respect of them and continues to get higher. I believe he’s had a good 12 months and I believe he’ll be a solid NFL participant, possibly nice. I don’t know, however he’s definitely made a lot of progress this 12 months.”
Whether or not or not Belichick is solely singing Lawrence’s praises forward of the sport, the previous No. 1 decide enters the sport coming off a solid recreation the place he threw for 280 yards on 26-of-39 passes and no interceptions. It marked the third consecutive recreation that Lawrence has not turned the ball over within the air.
In opposition to the Patriots, Lawrence—who leads all rookie quarterbacks with 319 completions—will look to report his fourth consecutive recreation throwing for 200-plus yards. He has thrown for 3,225 yards and wishes 47 extra yards to safe essentially the most passing yards ever by a Jaguars rookie quarterback.
Nonetheless, Lawrence might be in for a lengthy day as rookie quarterbacks are 8–24 all-time in opposition to Belichick-coached groups, in line with NFL Analysis. Within the 2021 season, rookie quarterbacks—Jets’ Zach Wilson twice and Texans’ Davis Mills—are 0–3.
In opposition to first-year quarterbacks chosen No. 1 in NFL drafts, Belichick is 1–2. Lawrence has thrown 9 touchdowns and 13 interceptions whereas recording a 70.6 passer score, which is thirty first amongst NFL quarterbacks this season.
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