Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer claims rookie Trevor Lawrence has deserved the starting quarterback job. At the start of training camp, first-year head coach Meyer said the starting quarterback job was up for the grabs.
Gardner Minshew, who was selected by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft, had a chance to earn the starting quarterback spot. On Wednesday, Meyer announced Lawrence as the team's starting quarterback for Week 1.
"We wanted him to earn it, as we do with every position," Meyer said, per ESPN. "We felt he has, after [Monday] night's performance was -- it was good, obviously not great. We didn't run the ball very well.
I kind of in my mind had that [deadline] after the second preseason [game] that we kind of have to get someone ready to play in three weeks." Lawrence optimistic the Jaguars' offense will figure things out Jaguars' first-string offense has struggled so far this preseason but Lawrence is hoping they will fix their woes.
"I mean it's frustrating but also we just got to stick together and keep playing," Lawrence said. "We're going to figure it out. I'm really confident in that. We got a bunch of guys that are that are putting the work in and we're going to do everything it takes to get on the right track.
I'm confident in that. I'm not worried. Obviously you'd like to score more points than we have for sure, but all stuff that 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 there and practicing it."
2021 No. 1 pick Lawrence reveals that Minshew has been a big help so far. "We've got a great group," Lawrence said. "Minsh [Minshew] has been awesome, treating me really well. We've had a lot of conversations.
He's been a guy that I've been able to learn from, and C.J. and Jake [Luton], all those guys, we're all in it together. You know, we're all on the same team and, at the end of the day, I think that's the most important thing.
But it's been good. "Moving forward, we're not making it bigger than it is. I'm going to be the starter and just got to play well, so that doesn't change." Meanwhile, Meyer noted this was likely the last time Lawrence was in a quarterback competition.
"I hope so, and you can capitalize that if you want," Meyer said. "Underline it. Cap it."