The Jacksonville Jaguars will hope that the arrival of Trevor Lawrence will turn the franchise around after an abysmal 2020 season. And Jags fans should expect to see plenty of Lawrence in his preseason debut against the Browns.
The Trevor Lawrence era in Jacksonville officially began after they drafted the Clemson QB first overall in the 2021 draft. The rookie was expected to be a Week 1 starter, but with Gardner Minshew having a solid camp, the Jags will probably have a QB battle on their hands that could head into the NFL season.
Though he’s the first-overall pick, Lawrence still has to compete for starting reps, often rotating with Minshew over the past few weeks. Lawrence hasn’t made very many mistakes during camp, but he’s had a few over the past few weeks, including a three-interception affair early on in camp. However, the Clemson Alum doesn’t seem to be making the same mistakes twice.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 8, 2021
The official depth chart for Saturday lists Lawrence OR Minshew as the starter. So we’ll only know who will start come game time.
— John Shipley (@_John_Shipley) August 12, 2021
Trevor Lawrence Preseason Debut: What to expect from Lawrence in his NFL Preseason Debut
To the surprise of many Jag’s fans, Head coach Urban Meyer said Thursday to NFL media that there is a battle going on for the most important position on the field between former Clemson star Trevor Lawrence and incumbent Gardner Minshew. His playtime is undefined.
“It’s competing, but also, at the end of the day, we’re all on the same team,” Lawrence said earlier this week. “So I’m going to do everything I can to be the best guy for the job and to win games. But at the end of the day, that’s not in my hands, the decisions. I trust the coaches. We’re all on the same team and we’re just trying to win. My mindset is just to win games, to be the best prepared as I can be.”
Lawrence’s development will be crucial for the Jaguars over the course of this season, and it’ll start on the field today as the team plays in its first preseason matchup since 2019. Though Lawrence still has to compete for starting reps, he isn’t overly concerned, however, working to simply be the best quarterback for the team he can be — to do his job in order to win games.
Regardless of whether he starts or not, Trevor Lawrence will not be warming the bench too long. And he should eventually take over the starting job should he not come out of camp as QB1. And a game under the bright lights against a quality will do wonders for him.