Trevor Lawrence Rumors: QB Eyeing Training Camp Return from Injury

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2021

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Trevor Lawrence is reportedly targeting training camp for his return from offseason surgery to his non-throwing shoulder.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter that Lawrence has been throwing footballs "for a couple weeks now" as he recovers from February surgery on his left labrum.

The Clemson product will be the No. 1 pick in this month's NFL draft, joining a Jacksonville Jaguars franchise that has not produced a Pro Bowl quarterback since David Garrard in 2009. Mark Brunell is the closest thing Jacksonville ever had to a legitimate star at the position since the franchise's inception in 1995.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, who will be making the leap to the NFL after a wildly successful college career, is essentially banking his pro career on Lawrence being a star. Meyer could have taken the University of Texas coaching job and likely rode off into the sunset as one of the most successful college coaches of the modern era. Fowler said his decision to join the Jaguars was based in large part by a desire to coach Lawrence, one of the most complete quarterback prospects in recent memory.

While Lawrence's shoulder injury may keep him from full practice for the time being, that may not matter much. Players for 18 teams have released statements saying they will not participate in voluntary offseason workouts in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and other safety concerns.

The Jaguars are not one of those teams, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted Jacksonville players may wind up reporting because of several players having bonuses tied to offseason workouts.

However, Lawrence should not find himself at any competitive disadvantage in comparison to most other rookies this season.