Are these second-year NFL QBs suffering a sophomore slump?

Are these second-year NFL QBs suffering a sophomore slump?

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The No. 1 overall pick in the ‘21 draft has yet to live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of Clemson. Lawrence still has plenty of time to turn things around, but it’s been tough sledding in the early stages. You wouldn’t know it by the Jaguars’ record (2-6), but there has been some progress for Trevor Lawrence in his first year under new head coach Doug Pederson.

Lawrence’s passer rating, QBR, completion percentage, yards per attempt, and yards per game are all up from his rookie campaign. Most of Lawrence’s individual stats are already better than last year, but it has yet to translate into many wins. Lawrence still has the potential to be a top-10 QB in this league, it’s just going to take him a little longer than some others to get there. Keep this in mind: Josh Allen didn’t break out until year three, and everyone was ready to slap the bust label on him. Now he’s a top-two QB in the league — at worst.

It’s been a rough start for Lawrence, but when you go to a lousy franchise, that’s typically how the story begins.

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