The Jacksonville Jaguars chose not to play Trevor Lawrence and other players against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall of Fame game. But the second-year quarterback will suit up against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the preseason.
Head coach Doug Pederson talked to the local media before Day 11 of training camp and said that he will let Lawrence and other starters “get their feet wet” against the Browns.
"This week, I’m going to let the starters play, get their feet wet a little bit in this football game, a couple series. Nothing too crazy, nothing too long, but just want to get them the feel of the game and get them in there working in game situations."
Pederson added that running back James Robinson, return specialist Jamal Agnew and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. will sit this one out. Moreover, offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor will rotate with sophomore Walker Little at right tackle and backup quarterback C.J. Beathard will also get playing time.
Later in the exchange with the media, Pederson said that there’s no timeline when it comes to rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd but expects him to “get him back” on the grass next week. Here’s the press conference in case you want to give it a look:
Don’t expect the Jaguars to reveal much vs. the Browns
Trevor Lawrence has had an outstanding training camp and has shown plenty of growth since the end of the 2021 season. He will now get to make his preseason debut but don’t expect much from him and the offense. Leaving aside the fact that the former Clemson Tiger will play just a few series, clubs don’t often reveal much in this kind of game.
Pederson himself said that the Jags aren’t game planning. Instead, the coaching staff will be focused on fundamentals while the front office will be evaluating the roster. Sure, Lawrence and others need to get used to the intensity of the football field again; offensive players need to feel the contact and defenders need to work on proper tackling.
Having said that, the preseason is arguably more beneficial for players that are either looking to move up the depth chart or earn a roster spot. Of course, the team’s brass would like to come out of the game with a win but they know that’s not the main goal.
The Jaguars won just three games last year, so having a good offseason will go a long way towards having a good season in 2022. Lawrence and other key players won’t see the field much against the Browns but the game will still be important in their preparation for other reasons.