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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence praised Doug Pederson on Tuesday, saying the head coach’s leadership has been a difference-maker for the franchise so far.

“We’re building toward something special,” Lawrence said, according to CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin. “It’s been great, just the way (Doug) interacts with the team, the way he leads. I think personality-wise, we’re similar. We get along well.”

Lawrence added: “Obviously, he played quarterback, he’s won a Super Bowl as a player and as a coach, so he knows how to get there. He knows how to do it. I think that’s really important to have in a leader like that. And just the energy he’s brought to the building has been awesome.”

Pederson joined Jacksonville in February to replace Urban Meyer, who was fired partway through last season after a 2-11 start. The 54-year-old Pederson, who spent 2021 away from football, last coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016-20, winning one Super Bowl with the team. He also lifted the Lombardi Trophy as a backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers during the 1996 season.

Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 draft, struggled as a rookie, completing just 59.6% of his passes for 3,641 yards and 12 touchdowns against a league-high 17 interceptions. The Jaguars finished the season 3-14, the worst record in the NFL.

“I think (last year) really taught me how to stay the same every day, to be consistent,” Lawrence said. “Just my attitude, my work ethic, no matter how things are going. I know what it’s like to struggle as a rookie.

“Now in my second year, I have a good feel for the schedule (and) can really feel like I’m prepared.”

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke can already see improvement from Trevor Lawrence this year as the quarterback enters his second NFL season.

“He’s just more confident,” Baalke said, according to John Shipley of Jaguars Report. “He’s carrying himself with more confidence. He’s delivering the ball quicker. He’s continuing to do that. I’ve seen that through the course of the offseason, getting the ball out of his hands, being more decisive.”

Lawrence entered the NFL as the first overall pick in the 2021 draft and was labeled one of the best prospects ever.

However, the 22-year-old completed just 59.6% of his passes for 3,641 yards and 12 touchdowns against a league-high 17 interceptions in 2021. Though the Jaguars went 3-14 with him under center, Baalke liked how Lawrence handled his struggles.

“He’s an old soul,” Baalke said. “He’s a leader, and he does it in his own way, like any good leader does. He’s got his own style. But the maturity showed last year was very impressive, and he’s continued to build on that as we work through this offseason.”

Jacksonville improved Lawrence’s subpar supporting cast from last year, signing veteran players on both sides of the ball in 2022. The team added wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, guard Brandon Scherff, and cornerback Darious Williams, among others. The Jaguars also bolstered their roster through the draft, selecting two players in the first round, including pass-rusher Travon Walker at No. 1 overall.

“I’m really excited about the future,” Lawrence recently said. “Obviously, we all learned a lot last year, but being able to build on what we have now (and) really create something special, I feel like we have a lot of the right people, and that’s what you need.

First overall pick Travon Walker has agreed to terms on his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, sources told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport.

Walker will receive a fully guaranteed four-year deal worth just over $37 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The contract will also include a standard fifth-year option.

The Georgia product is the Jaguars’ second consecutive No. 1 pick after the club selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence in last year’s draft.

The Jaguars have finished last in the AFC South in each of the past four seasons and also hold a 4-29 record since 2020. The organization hired former Super Bowl champion Doug Pederson as its head coach this offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker with the first overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars were believed to be considering Walker, Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, and NC State offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu before making the pick.

Walker had only 9.5 career sacks at Georgia, but his stock rose ahead of the draft because of his physical attributes. He drew comparisons to Minnesota Vikings star Danielle Hunter in the pre-draft process in light of his minimal sack production in college paired with his athletic traits.

The 21-year-old Walker will head to a Jaguars team that recorded only 32 sacks last season, which ranked 27th in the NFL. Josh Allen led the club with 7.5 sacks in 2021.

Walker is Jacksonville’s second No. 1 overall pick in as many years. The Jaguars selected former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the top selection in 2021.

Scouting profile: Travon Walker

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Walker is an absolute freak of nature. His 6-foot-5, 272-pound build and 35 1/2-inch arms make it easy to see why evaluators might fall over their chairs for him. On the field, he’s still extremely raw as a pass-rusher but has all the tools needed: length, power, explosiveness – you name it. He’s a brick wall in run defense, insanely strong, and has shown the ability to drop into coverage. When it comes to Walker’s ceiling, the plain truth is that he doesn’t have one – though it’ll be up to his NFL coaching staff to get the most out of him.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a three-year, $54-million deal with left tackle Cam Robinson that replaces his franchise tag, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Jaguars previously designated the 26-year-old as their franchise player for the second time in as many years, blocking him from free agency in two straight offseasons.

Robinson began his career in Jacksonville as a second-round draft pick in 2017. The Alabama product has struggled against the run game throughout his career but has been more steady in pass protection.

The Robinson deal presumably removes Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu from consideration for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Both left tackles had been mentioned as candidates to go first overall, but edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and Travon Walker are the favorites to land in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said Friday that he hasn’t received any trade calls for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“We’re willing to listen, but no, nobody’s called directly,” he said.

This is the second consecutive year Jacksonville owns the first overall pick. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was a virtual lock to be the first name off the board in 2021, but Baalke and head coach Doug Pederson have yet to decide who they’ll select on April 28.

“It’s still a work in progress,” said Baalke, who added the team is considering four players for the No. 1 choice.

“We still have several meetings to go through, a lot of discussion between the coaching staff, the personnel staff, we’re continuing to dig up and do research on these guys. The pick doesn’t have to be made today … We’re ahead of last year’s schedule in terms of preparation.”

He continued: “There’s so much that goes into these decisions. It’s not just the film, it’s all the other things that go into that guy having success or not having success. Most of the time, they don’t fail because they’re not physically gifted. They fail for other reasons.”

Several prospects have been linked to the Jaguars at No. 1. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is the favorite to go first, but many experts also consider Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker a strong candidate. Offensive tackles Evan Neal (Alabama) and Ikem Ekwonu (NC State) have also had their names tied to the first selection.

“Aidan is a good football player,” Baalke said. “There’s other good football players in this draft. Who’s gonna be the best player when it’s all said and done? Heck, if we knew that, we’d go to Vegas and lay the money down.”

Jacksonville owns 12 picks in this year’s draft, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the most selections.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reupped their commitment to playing annually at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Jaguars received formal approval Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida, to move forward with a three-year contract to play at Wembley, a deal that gives the small-market franchise exclusivity at one of the United Kingdom’s most iconic venues.

Jacksonville will have full control of the home game for the first time, a change that could mean increased local revenue for a team playing more than 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) from home. The Jaguars will be in charge of ticketing, merchandise sales and game-day management.

“It’s hard to believe it will have been three years since our last game at Wembley,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “But that changes this autumn, and we look forward to coming back to our London home.

“We have built a great fan base already in the U.K., and I look forward to that increasing as we reaffirm our commitment to the playing of one home game per season in the U.K. for the long term, as was always the ambition when we first played in 2013.”

Jacksonville played a “home game” at Wembley every year between 2013 and 2019 and would have played there again in 2020 had COVID-19 not halted international travel. The Jaguars returned to London last year and played one of two NFL games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Jaguars initially signed a long-term deal with the NFL that granted them extended territorial rights – essentially allowing sponsorship deals – in the U.K. and landed them ticket revenue from Wembley, an 86,000-seat venue.

The 8,500-mile round trip is significant for Jacksonville’s financial stability. The Jaguars credit about 11% of their local revenue to playing annually abroad.

Jacksonville’s ticket, television, sponsorship and stadium revenue streams are smaller than NFL teams in larger markets. Earning money in London helps offset some of the disparity, and the game remains a critical part of the team’s long-term plan.

The Jags have built a dedicated U.K. fan base, Union Jax, and have made significant investment in community programs and charitable initiatives overseas. They also earned Sport England funding to ensure these programs are delivered to the most vulnerable areas throughout the U.K.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darious Williams to a three-year, $30-million deal, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Williams’ new contract contains $18 million fully guaranteed and can reach a maximum of $39 million, Rapoport adds. The corner had more lucrative offers available but chose to join his hometown team.

The Jaguars’ addition of Williams is the latest move in what’s been a giant free-agent spending spree. They dished out nearly $229.5 million on the first day of the NFL’s legal-tampering period and have added high-profile players such as guard Brandon Scherff and receiver Christian Kirk, among others.

Williams developed into a productive No. 2 cornerback opposite Jalen Ramsey. He recorded six interceptions over the last three seasons in L.A. while also making 26 starts.

The Jaguars will be aiming to improve a pass defense that finished with just seven interceptions in 2021, tied for the second fewest in the NFL. Additionally, Jacksonville allowed 26.9 points per game.

The Jacksonville Jaguars came ready to spend at the outset of the NFL’s free-agent negotiating period, dishing out nearly $229.5 million in reported deals on the first day.

Most notably, the Jaguars blew away any market expectations when giving former Arizona Cardinals wideout Christian Kirk on a mammoth four-year, $72-million deal that can reach $84 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The base annual average of $18 million makes Kirk one of the top 10 highest-paid receivers in football.

In another marquee move, the Jaguars landed former Washington Commanders offensive lineman Brandon Scherff on a three-year, $49.5-million contract, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Making just under $15 million per season, Scherff becomes the NFL’s highest-paid right guard.

Former New York Giants tight end Evan Engram also intends to sign a one-year, $9-million contract with the AFC South club, reports Schefter.

And to round out the Day 1 moves on the offensive side, the Jaguars are adding another weapon in former Las Vegas Raiders wideout Zay Jones, who’s getting a three-year deal worth $24M and up to $30 million with incentives, a source told Rapoport.

Jacksonville was also aggressive in bolstering its defense early in the day Monday, reportedly striking deals with former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun and ex-New York Jets defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi.

Oluokun, a breakout star who led the NFL with 192 tackles in 2021, will sign a three-year, $45-million contract, according to Rapoport. Fatukasi, meanwhile, is joining on a three-year, $30-million pact, his agents told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Kirk, a second-round pick in the 2018 draft, put up personal bests in receptions (77) and receiving yards (982) while adding five touchdowns last season.

Scherff is the latest investment in an offensive line tasked with protecting rising quarterback Trevor Lawrence after Jacksonville franchise-tagged left tackle Cam Robinson earlier this month.

Washington tagged Scherff in back-to-back years before letting him hit free agency this offseason. The 2015 top-five pick has built a reputation as one of the league’s best guards, receiving an invite to the Pro Bowl in three straight years and five of the last six.

Oluokun is coming off a career year with the Falcons after recording an NFL-high 192 tackles last season. Fatukasi should be the solid run-stopping defensive tackle the Jaguars need to fortify their front seven.

Jacksonville is headed into its first campaign under head coach Doug Pederson.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will pick first overall again in 2022.

Jacksonville upset the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday but the team still clinched the top selection in the 2022 NFL Draft thanks to the Detroit Lions‘ 37-30 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

The Jaguars, who selected quarterback Trevor Lawrence last year, are the sixth team since 1967 to have back-to-back first overall picks and the first since the Cleveland Browns (2017-18).

Jacksonville snapped an eight-game losing streak with its 26-11 win over Indianapolis to finish the season 3-14. The Jaguars have now posted a 4-29 record over the last two years.

Detroit trailed Green Bay until running back D’Andre Swift scored the go-ahead touchdown with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, improving the Lions to 3-13-1.

The Houston Texans will pick third overall.

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled to be held April 28-30 in Las Vegas.