4 emergency QBs the Jacksonville Jaguars with Trevor Lawrence in concussion protocol

• The Jaguars need to add a QB with Trevor Lawrence in concussion protocol

• Nathan Rourke is no longer an option with him landing in New England

• Here are four alternatives during Lawrence's potential absence

Aug 11, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws a pass
Aug 11, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) throws a pass / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without Trevor Lawrence for a while. The third-year quarterback suffered a concussion at some point of the 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and is in protocol. It's not a given that he'll miss time but players tend to sit out at least one game after sustaining a concussion. If this had happened earlier in the season, the Jags could've easily signed Nathan Rourke off their practice squad to be their No. 2 backup behind, C.J. Beathard, who'll start behind center for as long as Lawrence is out.

In fact, Jacksonville had previously signed Rourke to the active roster this season when there was a chance Lawrence wouldn't suit up. It happened twice, first in Week 7 and more recently in Week 14. Heading into the Ravens game, they released Rourke, who was subject to waivers. Wanting to add a quarterback, the New England Patriots claimed him. Given that the Pats have a worse record — and therefore a priority in the waiver order — than the Jags, Rourke was awarded to them.

It's hard to tell just how much time Lawrence will miss but the Jags will be pressed to add another quarterback during his absence. Here are four options.

4. EJ Perry

The Jaguars got themselves a developmental project when they signed Brown product E.J. Perry. An undrafted free agent last year, he spent training camp with Jacksonville and landed on the practice squad after not making the 53-man roster for the regular season. He was waived earlier this year just before free agency began.

Perry then had a brief stint with the Houston Texans. He later played for the USFL's Michigan Panthers before being signed and released by the Texans for the second time. He's now a free agent, so he could join the Jags anytime. His familiarity with the offense, the same the Jags ran last year, makes him a realistic if uninspiring option.