Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has revealed that he has a timetable in mind for naming the starting quarterback but also noted that the battle between Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew could last a few more weeks.
The Jaguars took Lawrence at No. 1 in this past NFL draft and many believed he would be the team's starter from Day 1. "I do [have a timeline] in my own mind, but once again, it's conversation that the three people are having daily," Meyer said, per ESPN.
"In theory it could [go through the final preseason game on Aug. 29], but I'd rather not." Lawrence enjoyed lots of success at college but now he is ready to fight for minutes in the NFL. "It doesn't bother me," Lawrence said.
"I think that's the way to run a team, honestly. The best player has to play and you've got to compete. As a first-year player coming in, it's kind of what's expected. You want to compete for the job. There's a right way to do things, and I think they've handled it great.
We're in a good spot and we're just going to keep working, and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity I get. That's all I can really do."
Lawrence wants more reps in practice
"I think we do a good job of managing it," Lawrence said.
"Obviously as a young guy, you want as many as you can get, just because every look that you get is something new you're seeing and that you can learn from. So, for me, I just want as many as I can get. And we're at that point now we've been practicing for so long, it's more about getting a lot more mental reps, too, because we can't go out there for three hours every day as the season starts.
"I think we've had a great prep up to this point, great camp, and for me I've learned a lot and I've gotten a lot better, I think, just taking care of the ball, decision-making, knowing the offense. But the more reps I can get, obviously the better, and obviously I'd like that."
The Jaguars kicked off their NFL preseason against the Cleveland Browns. In his NFL debut, Lawrence threw for 73 yards but failed to lead his team to a win as the Browns won 23-13. "I feel like the first time out there, I felt comfortable, felt poised," Lawrence said.