Dan Orlovsky believes that the Jaguars will have a much better season than their 2020 campaign, which saw them win just one game. (1:44).
JACKSONVILLE (Fla.) -- Urban Meyer, Jacksonville Jaguars' coach, isn’t ready to publicly commit to Trevor Lawrence, his starting quarterback, one month shy of the season opener.
This year's No. Gardner Minshew, the No. 1 pick, to take the first snap against Houston Texans on September 12, and the answer was "Yes."
Meyer had just said that he and his staff would decide on Thursday night who would play against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field.
Lawrence and Minshew alternate days during training camp with the first-team, with Minshew working with the rookie team on Thursday. Minshew will be given first-team reps on Saturday, after an off-day.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research seven of the nine previous quarterbacks who were selected first in the draft have already started their team's season opener. Baker Mayfield (2018), Jared Goff (2016) were the only ones who didn't.
Through the first 12 practices, Lawrence has completed 70.4%. He has scored 24 touchdowns and interceptions and he also did 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills. Minshew completed 70% of his passes, with 16 touchdowns and one intercept.
Lawrence threw seven touchdown passes during Sunday's team's scrimmage.
Meyer stated, "He's doing really good."
Lawrence was a three-year Clemson quarterback who threw for 10,098 yard and 90 touchdowns, with 17 interceptions. Lawrence led the Tigers to three consecutive appearances at the College Football Playoff, and the 2018 National Title.
Minshew was a sixth-round selection in 2019 and replaced Nick Foles, who was injured in the season opener. He led the Jaguars' to a 6-6 record and completed 60.6% of his passes. He also threw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns.
In March 2020, the Jaguars traded Foles for Minshew. This gave Minshew an opportunity to show that he was a long-term starter. He completed 66.1% and threw 16 touchdowns, five interceptions. However, Minshew was unable to make the Jaguars' playoff run. They went 0-7 in his starts.
"I didn’t know Minshew." Meyer stated that he knew Mike Leach, his college coach. Although we didn't have a bad start to things, I wasn't able to see much of him. He has earned my respect. He's a great guy. He is a warrior-competitor. He is a fighter. He understood that. Minshew has earned my respect. It's something he brings every day. Every day.