The worst kept secret in the NFL is officially out. On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that Trevor Lawrence will be their starting quarterback for Week 1.
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has stated for weeks that he wasn’t ready to announce who will start the season opener. Most fans assumed it would be Lawrence since he’s the No. 1 pick, but Gardner Minshew is more than capable of leading an NFL offense.
Although the Jaguars’ first-team offense struggled on Monday night against the Saints, Meyer has clearly seen enough to name Lawrence the starter for the regular season.
Lawrence played the entire first half of the Jaguars-Saints game, completing 14-of-23 passes for 113 yards. It wasn’t a flashy stat line from the Clemson product, but he did show that he can avoid the rush and make plays on the run.
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Now that Lawrence doesn’t have to worry about a quarterback competition, he can focus on some of the issues that have been plaguing Jacksonville’s offense in the preseason.
On Monday night, Meyer told reporters that he’d like to see his first-team offense play with more energy.
“There just wasn’t much rhythm in the first half,” Meyer said. “We just have to keep swinging. I’m looking for fighters and I’m looking for competitors. We will have a locker room full of competitors.”
It’s unclear if the Jaguars will allow Lawrence to play in the preseason finale. If he doesn’t suit up, he’ll return to action on Sept. 12 against the Houston Texans.
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