Ex-NFL DT Gerald McCoy is on the Trevor Lawrence bandwagon

Expectations are high for Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023. Former NFL defensive tackle Gerald McCoy thinks the hype is very real.

In an appearance on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Wednesday, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers lineman had some bold predictions about the success he thinks the Jaguars will find this year.

“This year, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be a top three team in the AFC,” McCoy said on the show. “And Trevor Lawrence will be a finalist for MVP.

“The thing that people are forgetting is that at the end of the season last year they built up confidence. When you have a leader in Trevor Lawrence, who I believe will make an even bigger jump this year with the confidence they built going toe-to-toe with Kansas City after a huge comeback. I think people need to look out for the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

The Jaguars finished the 2022 regular season with five straight wins to surge into first place in the AFC South and steal the division title from the Tennessee Titans. After coming back from a 27-0 deficit against the Los Angeles Chargers to win 31-30 in a wild card matchup, the Jaguars were eliminated with a 27-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCoy, 35, was a six-time Pro Bowler during his time with the Buccaneers and rounded out his career with one season each with the Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders. After not playing during the 2022 season, McCoy announced his retirement from the NFL last month.

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Story originally appeared on Jaguars Wire