Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer sets timetable for naming starting QB, but competition continues

Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith believe that we will soon see the best of Trevor Lawrence playing with the Jaguars. (2:31).
JACKSONVILLE (Fla.) -- Urban Meyer, Jaguars coach, said that he has a schedule in place for naming a starting quarterback but also suggested that the competition between Trevor Lawrence or Gardner Minshew could continue for several more weeks.

Lawrence, the No. Minshew, the No. 1 NFL draft pick will continue to practice with the first-team offense on alternate days. Meyer stated that he will make the decision on who to start the season opener at Houston on Sept. 12, in consultation with Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator, and Brian Schottenheimer, passing-game coordinator.

Meyer stated that although I do have a timeline in my head, the conversation between Meyer and his three friends is ongoing every day. It could theoretically [pass through the last preseason game on August 29], but it's not something I would like to do."

After Minshew had worked with the team Thursday, Lawrence was with the first team Friday. He said that he is fine with competing for the job.

Lawrence stated, "It doesn’t bother me." "I believe that's how to manage a team. You have to be competitive to be the best player. It's not unusual for a first-year player to expect this. You want to be competitive for the job. There is a right way to do it, and they have done it well. We are in a great place and we will continue to work. I'm going take every opportunity that comes my way. This is all I can do.

Meyer stated that he wanted Lawrence to get more reps in Monday’s preseason game against New Orleans. But, Meyer will make the final decision on Saturday about which quarterback will face the Saints. Lawrence took 25 snaps against Cleveland and completed 6 out of 9 passes for 7 yards. Minshew was on 11 snaps, and went 4-for-7 to 47 yards, with an interception.

Lawrence stated that he would like to see more practice reps, just as any other player entering the league.

Lawrence stated, "I believe we do a great job of managing it." As a young man, you need as many looks as possible. Every look you see is something you learn from and something you are learning. For me, it's all about getting as many as possible. We're now at the point where we have been practicing so much that it's more about getting more mental reps. Because we can't get out there for more than three hours each day, as the season begins,

"I believe we've had an excellent prep up until this point, great camp and I've learned lots and I've gotten much better at just taking care and decision-making and knowing the offense. However, I would like to get more reps.

Since camp started, Lawrence has completed 71% his passes with 35 touchdowns as well as seven interceptions in 7 on 7 and 11-on-11 drills. Minshew completed 72% of his passes, with 20 touchdowns et two interceptions.

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