PALM BEACH, Florida – Doug Pederson likes what he’s seen so far.

And when it comes to quarterback Trevor Lawrence, perhaps what the Jaguars head coach loves most is what he waits in the weeks and months to come.

“I think we’re going to see really good growth as we start our offseason program in a few weeks,” Pederson said.

Pederson, named head coach of the Jaguars on February 6, spoke to national and local media this week at the 2022 NFL Annual Meeting at The Breakers Palm Beach – a press briefing in which Pederson has often been asked on Lawrence, the No. 1 overall. selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pederson, as he has done many times since his hire, spoke positively of Lawrence and said this week that the offseason program which begins April 11 will mark the beginning of “shaping our offense around him and what he can do”.

Pederson, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach from 2016 to 2020, coached the Eagles to a Super Bowl title after the 2017 season – and he said Lawrence’s skills match very well with the patterns and concepts Pederson was known as a head coach in Philadelphia and offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 to 2015.

“No. 1, he’s athletic,” Pederson said. “No.2, he throws the ball extremely well. He adapts to the RPO (run-pass option) pattern in attack. He can adapt to the game action pass. I really believe that’s the action play, the quarterback’s movement game… he throws the ball out of the pocket extremely well while running.”

Pederson added: “He throws the ball well on the run. No. 2, he throws the deep ball very well – especially the seam throws between the number and the hash. It’s something that really came through on film as we watch and study him this offseason.

“These are things that we can try to develop.”

Lawrence, considered perhaps the best quarterback in the draft in a decade, started all 17 games as a rookie and threw 12 touchdown passes with 17 interceptions in the Jaguars’ 3-14 season. He finished the season with his best game – a two-no-interception touchdown performance in an upset win over the playoff-contending Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.