4 emergency QB options if the Jaguars lose Trevor Lawrence to injury in 2023

There are a few options available if the Jacksonville Jaguars lost Trevor Lawrence to injury in 2023, one inside the building.
Jan 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and
Jan 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) and / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1 Jaguars QB option if Trevor Lawrence gets hurt: Cam Newton

You could argue that the Jaguars won't have many enticing emergency quarterback options and you would be right. The demand for starting quarterbacks outweighs the supply. Simply, there aren't enough signal-callers to start for all 32 teams, and some of the ones that do, get the nod just because there are no better options available.

The same is true for the open market, if a quarterback remains unsigned, it's either because he's not good enough to start or he's past his prime. Cam Newton is a great example. Have you told anyone 10 years ago that no team in the NFL wanted to sign the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, you would have gotten a blank stare. After all, Newton was one of the most electrifying players in the league in his prime. Heck, the NFL tried to make Newton vs. Russ Wilson a thing. That's how good he was.

However, injuries might have robbed him of his effectiveness and he's currently a shell of the player he once was. Even though started games for the Carolina Panthers as recently as 2021, he's come to the realization that his days as QB1 in the pros are over. This is why he recently said that he would be receptive to getting a backup job if that meant getting to play again.

By now, you might be wondering why the Jaguars should call Newton in case of emergency if he's past his prime. Precisely because he's no longer a starting-caliber passer but he's still better than most backups.

Head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Press Taylor could design a game plan tailored to his strengths as a player. Would it be ideal? Not really, but neither would be losing Lawrence to injury.

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