Three more questions the Jacksonville Jaguars must answer in training camp.
3. What will the Jaguars do with C.J. Beathard?
There’s no doubt Trevor Lawrence will be the Jaguars’ starting quarterback in Week 1 — even if they haven’t announced it yet. Gardner Minshew is currently the primary backup and C.J. Beathard is third on the depth chart.
On the off chance, the Jags trade Minshew before the season (they shouldn’t), Beathard would become the number-two quarterback by default but what if they keep the 2019 sixth-round pick? The team’s brass may prefer to give Beathard’s spot on the roster to someone who can contribute on game day.
4. What will the Jaguars do if C.J. Henderson struggles in 2021?
Cornerback C.J. Henderson showed flashes early in 2020. He then struggled in back-to-back games in the middle of the season and later suffered a groin injury that cut his rookie campaign short. The Florida product underwent labrum surgery this offseason and head coach Urban Meyer told the media it went well.
The former Gator is a candidate to have a breakout season in 2021, but the team’s brass revamped the cornerback room this offseason. If Henderson has a sophomore slump, rookie Tyson Campbell or veteran Sidney Jones could take his place in the lineup.
5. Will the Jaguars give DJ Chark a multi-year deal before the regular season begins?
Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. deserves to be paid. He saw a dip in production in 2020 after making the Pro Bowl the season before. However, that wasn’t his fault, as the Jaguars’ lacked consistency at quarterback. Chark’s numbers should go up with Trevor Lawrence taking snaps behind center.
Contract talks could become a distraction if they are dragged into the season. Will the Jaguars lock the LSU product in 2021? Will they wait until next offseason. The team’s brass needs to handle the situation in a way that benefits both parties but will they be able to do it?
The Jags have a couple of promising receivers in Laviska Shenault Jr. and Collin Johnson, so they may not be in a hurry to give Chark a new deal. If they don’t, will that affect his productivity in 2021?