Trevor Lawrence sees Bahamas trip as a chance to bond with receivers

Some might see Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence hosting skill position players in the Bahamas two weeks ago as a buddy trip.

Jags coach Doug Pederson has other words for that gathering, plus another in which Josh Allen hosted teammates in workouts with former Indianapolis Colts star Robert Mathis at Jacksonville Beach.

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“Leadership … maturity,” Pederson said on Monday before the Jaguars’ first practice of training camp at the Episcopal School’s Knight Campus. “That’s what it takes to be successful in this league, to have that camaraderie away from our building, away from coaches and take it upon themselves to become good football players.”

Pederson had another thought about Lawrence’s Bahamas escape.

“I wish I went with them,” he said.

With Lawrence footing the bill for the hotel rooms, those making the trip were wide receivers Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones Jr., Laquon Treadwell, Marvin Jones Jr., Marvin Hall, Tim Jones, and Jeff Cotton Jr.; tight ends Evan Engram, Dan Arnold, Luke Farrell, and Chris Manhertz; and backup quarterback CJ Beathard.

The group ran patterns under the hot Caribbean sun but also ate well and played golf — where they discovered that Kirk was pretty good on the links.

Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Jones (11), chat with quarterback CJ Beathard during Monday's training camp practice, was one of the skill-position players who participated in a trip to the Bahamas with starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

β€œIt was great … obviously the fieldwork is great, and that’s important,” Lawrence said. “But I think bonding, getting to know each other, hanging out, building that camaraderie, before you start the season is really important. We’ve got a lot of new faces and a lot of old faces too from last year, but just gelling everybody together.”

The Bahamas trip was an off-shoot of informal workouts Lawrence led at the University of North Florida. But he said he wanted to include more of the players who weren’t in Jacksonville for the off-season.

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