Trevor Lawrence runs wild on injured knee in Jaguars’ win over Saints
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t just play through the knee injury that made him questionable entering Thursday night’s contest against the New Orleans Saints — he made it through.
Lawrence posted a career-best 59 yards rushing on eight carries, including some quarterback gains, in a 31–24 win at the Caesars Superdome.
I mean, golly, it’s weird that you have stuff like that going on and you don’t plan to move around much while you run the ball more than I generally do, said Lawrence. So, the way it functions is just amusing. yet, it was quite pleasant. I was content with it, and I wasn’t really bothered by it. without a doubt, it wasn’t put back. I’m therefore quite pleased with it, and that was the intended outcome. We now have 10 days to recover from this performance and prepare for Pittsburgh. So far, everything has been ideal.
Had it not cost him four yards for a kneeling three ends into the game, Lawrence’s final rushing stat line would have read five carries for 63 yards, many of them coming in key spots and stymieing the offense after a hot start.
That wasn’t the plan, as I mentioned, he said. Even if it didn’t go according to plan, the speaker remarked, “Instinct kind of takes over, and I’m glad it held and I felt good enough to make those plays. I believe that was the situation at the time. You Gotta credit the Saints defense. They’re a good defense.
They gave us some tough looks. The guys up front blocked a job and gave me opportunities down the field. I then had clear lanes to use when I needed to scramble. And you know, I don’t know if that was part of the Saints’ plan to bring pressure with me so I might not be able to be as mobile, but the lanes opened up and presented themselves and I took advantage of them.”
Lawrence completed 20-of-29 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown — 44 of those yards coming on a 3-yard toss that Christian Kirk took for the game-winning TD.
With a questionable knee, the Jags QB quickly scooped the ball out to avoid a rush. Lawrence averaged 2.20-seconds to throw, resulting in just three total pressures. Per Next Gen Stats, the QB was not pressured on any of his 11 dropbacks in the second half.
And while he couldn’t get the ball out quickly, he did use his legs, which seemed to surprise a Saints defense that hadn’t planned for a mobile quarterback, given his knee injury.
Coach Doug Pederson raved about his QB’s ability to play through the illness.
It demonstrates his character once more and his level of selflessness, according to Pederson. When he was hurt last year, I saw that. He got hurt in the Detroit game, and he battled through the injury the rest of the year and was out. This is different. It’s a short week.
On Monday, my would have. Told you he’s not playing in this football game, but that’s not Trevor. Once more, I’m proud of his work and his capacity to break free of the pocket and flee. Fortunately, they were straight-ahead runs. He cut too much. Doesn’t fall. There are a lot of gutsy performances, and that’s probably No. 1.”
Winners of four straight games, the 5-2 Jaguars now have 10 days to rest their knee before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8, followed by a Week 9 bye.