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Trevor Lawrence will get nod as Jacksonville Jaguars’ beginning QB for Week 1 vs. Houston Texans


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Jaguars quarterback competition is finally over. The winner is not surprising: the top overall winner Trevor Lawrence.

Head coach Urban Meyer announced on Wednesday and said Lawrence would start the season opener on September 12 in Houston against the Texans and the preseason final on Sunday in Dallas against the Cowboys.

“We wanted him to deserve it, as with every position,” said Meyer. “We felt like he did after [Monday] The performance of the night was – it was good, obviously not great. We didn’t run the ball well. Somehow I had that in my head [deadline] after the second preseason [game] that we have to get someone ready to play in three weeks. “

Lawrence had alternated training days with the first-team offense with Gardner Minshew throughout training camp, but started both preseason games. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 184 yards and was sacked three times against the Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints. According to data from ESPN Stats & Information, Lawrence was pressured with 37% of his dropbacks this preseason.

The first team’s offense only got three points in six drives, and Meyer said Lawrence had to change that against the Cowboys. The Jaguars have only scored four touchdowns in the two preseason games.

“I mean, it’s frustrating, but we just have to stick together and keep playing,” said Lawrence. “We’ll find out. I’m really confident. We have a lot of people who put the work in and we’ll do everything we can to get on the right track. I’m confident. I’m not worried. Of course you want to be safe get more points than we have but all we can build on, that we know we need to get better at, so it’s just a matter of doing it and going out and practicing. “

Minshew completed 17 of 29 passes for 196 yards with two interceptions (one in the end zone) in the two preseason games, and Meyer said he was now in a competition with CJ Beathard for the backup spot. Beathard has completed 22 of 30 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in the two games.

Meyer shared the quarterback’s decision with the team during a team meeting, and Lawrence said the response at the quarterback meeting after the team meeting was positive.

“We have a great group,” said Lawrence. “Minsh [Minshew] was great, treated me really well. We had a lot of conversations. He was a guy I could learn from, and CJ and Jake [Luton], all of these guys, we’re all in there together. You know, we’re all on the same team and I think that’s the most important thing at the end of the day. But it was good.

“In the future we won’t make it bigger than it is. I’ll be the starter and just have to play well, so nothing changes.”

Meyer drew a lot of criticism for not naming Lawrence sooner (or immediately) as a starter, but he wanted to prove that everyone – even the top overall candidate, dubbed the generational perspective – has to earn their job. But Meyer admitted Wednesday that this would likely be the last time Lawrence would enter a quarterback competition.

“I hope so, and you can use it if you want,” said Meyer. “Underline it.

None of the last 13 quarterbacks to be selected first overall have won their first NFL starts. The last quarterback to make his debut after being voted No. 1 was David Carr for the Texans in 2002.



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