The Jaguars have a starting QB.
Well, in reality, they've had one since they drafted Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
But On Wednesday, after weeks of a "QB competition" between Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew, Urban Meyer finally announced that Trevor Lawrence would indeed be the starting QB in Duval moving forward.
"Yeah, Trevor's gonna be the starter week one, and he'll start this week as well," Meyer told the local media.
The golden-haired gunslinger from Cartersville, who has been the apple of the football world's collective eye for the last half-decade, is now officially the starting quarterback in Jacksonville.
Lawrence has completed 20/32 passes 194 yards, with one run for nine yards and a first down. He hasn't thrown any touchdowns or interceptions but has gotten the Jaguars in scoring position a few times so far. Lawrence showed progress in week two against the Saints, adjusting protections at the line, using his legs to create throwing lanes and pick up a first down, and showing off his brilliant arm. The 21-year-old phenom still has plenty of work to do, but he's made strides since arriving in Jacksonville this spring.
It sounds like he'll play in the preseason finale against the Cowboys as well. It'll be a final tune-up before heading into the regular season. How much Lawrence will play in that game remains to be seen, but I wouldn't keep him out there too long. Still, Meyer will surely want to see Lawrence lead the team on a touchdown drive before the start of the regular season.
In regards to the backup quarterback job, Meyer confirmed that's now an open competition. Gardner Minshew was considered the favorite, but CJ Beathard has turned it on during the preseason and far outperformed Minshew. Who will be Trevor's primary backup? I'd give Beathard the slight edge.
The Jaguars are three-point road favorites week one in Houston.
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