Jaguars OTAs going off without a hitch, 3 takeaways

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The Jacksonville Jaguars feel comfortable about QB Trevor Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder earlier this year. He was in a pitch count as recently as two weeks ago. However, the number of reps he’s been getting has increased. Head coach Urban Meyer says the coaching staff is monitoring every throw and if they need to adjust something, they will. They have been practicing at full speed and Meyer added that the former Tiger isn’t being overused, as they are splitting the reps between four quarterbacks.

Just like any other player making the transition from college to the pros, Lawerence will have a few rough days. Meyer says that the quarterback struggled a bit Thursday after having a sharp practice the day before. The head coach went on to clarify that it wasn’t just the rookie quarterback but rather everyone.

Last season, COVID-19 protocols limited the amount of time players could practice. Most of the teaching happened online. Furthermore, the preseason was scraped off and first-year players had a rough time making the adjustment to the NFL. Lawrence will have a full offseason to get acclimated and should be ready to take the field in the season opener versus the Houston Texans.

At this point, all signs point to Lawrence being the starting quarterback on Day 1. Unless he suffered a setback, it doesn’t make much sense to have him sit and play Gardner Minshew II or C.J. Beathard. The Jaguars are taking the right approach by preparing their franchise quarterback to start.