Trevor Lawrence Hasn't Earned Jags' Starting QB Job over Minshew Yet, Meyer Says

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 20, 2021

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Trevor Lawrence might have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, but he won't have a starting job handed to him with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawrence is looking to win a quarterback battle with Gardner Minshew, but head coach Urban Meyer said Friday that "hasn’t happened yet."

The two quarterbacks will continue to split first-team reps until a starter is named.

"As soon as that happens then you give him [the starter] the 1 reps, all 1 reps," Meyer added.

The Jaguars are preparing for their second preseason game on Monday against the New Orleans Saints. Lawrence certainly outplayed his counterpart in the first game, totaling 71 passing yards on 6-of-9 passing against the Cleveland Browns.

Minshew was limited to 4-of-8 for 47 yards and an interception.

Lawrence enters his NFL career with a lot of hype after totaling 90 passing touchdowns and 18 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons at Clemson. He finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy last season after throwing 24 touchdown passes with just five interceptions in 10 games.

The 21-year-old could represent a new era for Jacksonville as he looks to help turn things around after a 1-15 season.

Minshew, 25, still has a quality claim for the starting role after throwing 37 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions during his first two years in the NFL. With 20 combined starts in 2019 and 2020, he could provide stability for the Jaguars early in the season.

Lawrence will undoubtedly get his shot at some point, but Meyer will keep the competition alive for at least a little longer.