Jacksonville Jaguars QB competition won’t end yet, Day 17 observations

QB Trevor Lawrence and OL #69 Tyler Shatley at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp (Imagn Images photo pool
QB Trevor Lawrence and OL #69 Tyler Shatley at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp (Imagn Images photo pool /
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Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are just a few days away from flying to Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL preseason. However, the Jags have yet to name a starter and it doesn’t seem like they are in a hurry to do so.

On Thursday, Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Trevor Lawrence would probably get the starting nod against the Saints but nothing is written on stone yet. Then again, the rookie passer took first-team reps on Friday, per Jordan De Lugo of Generation Jaguar, so it looks like he’s trending towards starting.

Head coach Urban Meyer met with the local media on Day 17 of training camp and touched on several topics. He said the coaching staff would meet on Saturday to discuss who would start on Monday. He mentioned the health of the team as a factor they will take into consideration.

Meyer noted that once Lawrence earns the starting job, he will get every single rep with the first team.

"If he wins it, which hasn’t happened yet. As soon as that happens, you give him the one reps, all the one reps."

When asked what he needs to see in the rookie signal-caller or Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars head coach mentioned competition and performance. He did say that he has a time frame about when they will name a starter.

"I do [have a timeline] in my mind but it’s a conversation that three people are having daily."

A good performance against New Orleans will help Lawrence solidify his case for the starting job. Even though the Jaguars have a few more days before they make a decision, the clock is ticking as the regular season inches closer.