As the Jets prepare for a prime time clash with the Jaguars on "Thursday Night Football," LB C.J. Mosley complimented Jacksonville's second year QB Trevor Lawrence – who he got the best of during his rookie season.
"They are moving really fluent right now," Mosley said. "…Out of play action, Lawrence is throwing the ball really well, throwing it on target. So, for us, we have just got to get him off his groove."
In Week 15 last season, Mosley strip sacked the rookie in a 26-21 Jets win. Since, the No. 1 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft has built from an inconsistent rookie season and helped put the Jaguars in the playoff hunt at 6-8.
In his first season, Lawrence led the NFL with 17 interceptions as the Jaguars stumbled to 3-14. This season, after a 2-6 start, Jacksonville has won 4 of 6 and Lawrence has thrown 14 touchdown passes and 1 pick over that span. Mosley attributes the Clemson product's progression to the team's all-around upgrades and Lawrence directing the offense.
"I would be pretty positive it was his study habits of this offense," Mosley said. "Surrounding players getting better and learning the offense. But for him, going from Year 1 to Year 2 you see a difference just being more comfortable in the offense. Being more comfortable in the pocket and doing what the coaches ask of him."
But as good as Lawrence has been, he is tied for the third in the NFL with 9 fumbles – 4 against the Eagles in Week 4 – and has lost a league-high 7.
The Jets forced 14 turnovers in the first 9 games but have 1 takeaway in the last 5 games. Lawrence fumbled twice against the Jets last season.
"We have been punching at the ball like crazy trying to get fumbles, but the ball hasn't fallen our way the last couple of weeks," Mosley said. "We are doing the right things at practice, we are doing the right things in the games, so when they come, they come."
Lawrence threw for 280 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions against the Jets last December. Playing on 3 days rest, Mosley expects both teams to keep game planning simple for the rematch.
"Short week, so there won't be a lot of new calls," Mosley said. "Not a lot of new game planning. It is really just about us executing our best calls. As far as their offense, expect a lot of the same things.
"They love to run and get him out on the boot game. He is a tall guy so he can see down the field. We have got to have our D-Line keep doing what they have been doing, getting after him."
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