Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence leaves practice with foot injury

Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence left Wednesday’s practice with an apparent foot injury and his availability for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday is up in the air.

Facing Justin Herbert and the explosive Chargers without two starting defensive linemen is a realistic possibility for Dallas. Randy Gregory remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Lawrence was scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday afternoon, but the team canceled the session with medical tests planned to determine the nature and severity of the injury.

Lawrence was listed as limited in practice since he left the workout before it was over.

Including Week 1 at Tampa, the 29-year-old has 11.5 sacks in his last 33 games since posting 10.5 sacks in 2018 and 14.5 sacks in 2017.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterbacks (15) Gardner Minshew II and (16) Trevor Lawrence during drills at Tuesday's minicamp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their Tuesday morning session of the team's mandatory minicamp at the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field, June 15, 2021.

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Urban Meyer says Jags’ QB competition still open

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer claims No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew are still competing to start in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

A reporter asked Meyer at training camp Thursday whether there was still a chance Lawrence wouldn’t be under center for the season opener.

“Is there really a chance? Uh, I think we’ll answer that as it gets closer,” answered Meyer, who then responded affirmatively to a follow-up question about whether it is still an open competition for that honor.

The Jaguars open their preseason schedule at home Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. The regular season opener against the Texans is one month away on Sept. 12 in Houston.

Lawrence and Minshew have been splitting the first-team reps in camp.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson.

Minshew, 25, is 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 TDs and 11 picks during that span.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars (16) QB Trevor Lawrence goes through drills during Thursday's OTA session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their Thursday session of organized team activity at the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field, May 27, 2021.

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (hamstring) misses part of OTA

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed segments of Tuesday’s organized team activity due to tightness in his left hamstring.

Lawrence left the practice to get treatment before later returning. Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said afterward that Lawrence is expected to be back on the field Thursday for the team’s next OTA.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, had some struggles during Tuesday’s practice as he twice threw interceptions that were returned for touchdowns during 7-on-7 drills.

“He’s a grown man the way he handles his business,” Meyer said of the former Clemson star. “… There’s no winner or loser. It was just some execution misfires and we got to get those fixed. But he’s fine. His development as a player, that’s going to be interesting to watch.”

Standout defensive end Josh Allen missed the session with lower-back tightness. Meyer said it was precautionary.

–Field Level Media

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Trevor Lawrence, Micah Parsons installed as ROY favorites

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been installed as the Offensive Rookie of the Year favorite after being selected with the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lawrence is being offered at +300 by DraftKings and +270 by FanDuel ahead of Justin Fields (+400, +550), who was selected by the Chicago Bears. While Lawrence is expected to start from Day 1 in Jacksonville, the Bears have veterans Andy Dalton and Nick Foles on the roster if Fields needs some time to acclimate to the NFL.

It’s a similar situation for San Francisco 49ers pick Trey Lance, who is being offered at +700 by both sportsbooks. The North Dakota State quarterback is expected to be groomed for at least most of next season behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Quarterbacks dominate the Offensive ROY odds, with the New York Jets’ Zach Wilson being offered at +850 by DraftKings and +1000 by FanDuel.

The top-non QBs at DraftKings are Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, who are both listed at +1100. Pitts is +1300 and Chase is +1500 at FanDuel, both behind New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones at +950.

New Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is the early Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite at +400 at DraftKings and +550 at FanDuel. The odds at the sportsbooks diverge from there.

Pass rusher Jaelan Phillips (Miami Dolphins) is listed at +700 by DraftKings ahead of defensive end Kwity Paye (Indianapolis Colts) and cornerback Patrick Surtain II (Denver Broncos) at +1000. Paye is being offered at +750 at FanDuel along with Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ahead of Phillips (+900) and Surtain (+1100).

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA;  Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars tab QB Trevor Lawrence with top pick of NFL draft

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night in Cleveland.

The 6-foot-6 Lawrence will be looked on as the savior by Jacksonville fans, and is the team’s first choice under new head coach Urban Meyer.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up went 34-2 as a starter at Clemson and led the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman in 2018. He passed for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and tacked on 18 rushing scores.

This was the initial time Jacksonville held the No. 1 selection after the team finished with an NFL-worst 1-15 record in the 2020 season. The Jaguars held the No. 2 pick three times, with their best selection in 1995 being offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist the past five years.

The Jaguars also hold the No. 25 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

–Field Level Media

Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence says left shoulder is progressing well

Projected No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence said the recovery from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder is going well.

The former Clemson quarterback had the labrum repaired in his left shoulder on Feb. 16.

“As you know, this is really the first serious thing that I’ve dealt with, but I’m doing great,” Lawrence told ESPN on Tuesday. “I actually feel way better than I thought I would at this point.”

After having the surgery, Lawrence’s goal was to be ready prior to training camp. He is expected to starting throwing in late April or early May.

Lawrence is currently rehabbing in Orange County in California.

The Jacksonville Jaguars own the top pick in the 2021 draft and are expected to tab Lawrence.

Lawrence completed 758 of 1,138 passes (66.6 percent) over three seasons at Clemson and recorded totals of 10,098 passing yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He added 943 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

Lawrence guided the Tigers to the national championship following the 2018 season.

–Field Level Media

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) reacts after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence enters 2021 NFL Draft

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is entering the 2021 NFL Draft after a dominant three-year run with the Tigers.

The projected first overall pick ended his college career with only his second career loss in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Ohio State.

“I really feel like I’m a man now and I’m ready to take on those challenges and just super excited for life ahead. The best is always yet to come … but man, I’m grateful for Clemson and I’m going to miss it,” Lawrence said in a video goodbye posted to social media accounts belonging to him and also Clemson football.

Built like an out-of-box NFL quarterback prototype at 6-5, 225 pounds, Lawrence passed for 400 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Buckeyes, his third CFP appearance in three seasons.

Lawrence was the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Alabama’s DeVonta Smith in 2020. He has been coveted by NFL teams since his brilliant freshman season was capped by a national championship victory over Alabama.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first overall pick in the draft and owner Shad Khan declared the franchise was looking for a quarterback. Khan, who also shared he made personnel decisions last season, plans to wield the same power going forward while the Jaguars look for a new general manager and head coach.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon (2) walks on the sidelines during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars clinch No. 1 overall pick of 2021 draft

Jacksonville’s franchise-worst 14th consecutive loss combined with the New York Jets’ win on Sunday allowed the Jaguars to clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

That also could be termed as winning the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes with the star Clemson quarterback viewed as the clear No. 1 pick.

It will mark the first time Jacksonville has owned the No. 1 pick in the draft since entering the NFL in 1995.

The Jaguars (1-14) were routed 41-17 by the Chicago Bears on Sunday while the Jets (2-13) posted their second straight upset by recording a 23-16 triumph over the Cleveland Browns.

Jacksonville has started three different quarterbacks this season — Gardner Minshew (1-7), Jake Luton (0-3) and lately Mike Glennon (0-4) — while missing the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

Lawrence hasn’t yet announced his future intentions, but he would be the likely starter from the outset of the 2021 season if picked by the Jaguars.

Jacksonville has struggled of late when picking early in the draft. Between 2012-17, the Jaguars had six top-five selections and none of the players are still with the team.

The list includes receiver Justin Blackmon (No. 5, 2012), offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (No. 2, 2013), quarterback Blake Bortles (No. 3, 2014), defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 3, 2015), cornerback Jalen Ramsey (No. 5, 2016) and running back Leonard Fournette (No. 4, 2017).

The Jaguars have picked second on three occasions with their best pick being offensive tackle Tony Boselli, who has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist the past four years and figures to be one again when the 2021 finalists are revealed next month.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) passes the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Trask heavy favorite as Fields’ Heisman hopes plummet

Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask appears to be closing in on the Heisman Trophy with two games remaining in his regular season.

Trask is the heavy favorite by sportsbooks, including DraftKings, where his odds have shortened to -125. The fifth-year senior is being backed by 36 percent of the handle and 14 percent of the total Heisman bets at the sportsbook.

Trask has thrown at least three touchdown passes in every game this season.

Mac Jones is the second betting favorite at +100, but only seven percent of the bets are backing the Alabama quarterback who will face Trask in the SEC Championship Game next week. That’s compared to Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, the preseason favorite whose odds have lengthened to +1200 while missing a month of action due to a positive COVID-19 test and a canceled game.

Lawrence is still being back by 18 percent of the total bets at DraftKings despite having only the ACC Championship Game against Notre Dame between now and when the Heisman votes are submitted.

On the fringe of Heisman consideration is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. The second preseason favorite behind Lawrence, Fields’ odds have lengthened to +2500 with the Buckeyes’ scheduled ravaged by COVID-19 issues. However, his odds did not lengthen further in the hours after Ohio State’s game against Michigan was canceled on Tuesday.

Fields has been passed by Ian Book (+1600), although the Notre Dame quarterback is being backed by only seven percent of the total bets and four percent of the handle – lowest among the five.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;   Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) makes a pass during their game in the second half against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Lawrence ready to rock for Clemson

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence says he is “back to normal” as he prepares to return for the No. 4 Tigers’ game on Saturday against Florida State.

The Heisman Trophy candidate missed the past two games after testing positive for COVID-19 and said Tuesday that he is virus-free.

“I feel just as good as I did when I left a few weeks ago,” Lawrence told reporters.

The junior star was in isolation for Clemson’s victory over Boston College on Oct. 31 and on the sidelines for the double-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7. The Tigers had a bye last week and that gave Lawrence time to regain his fitness level.

And now, he can’t wait to step on the field in the Atlantic Coast Conference clash against the Seminoles in Tallahassee.

“This shows it’s a privilege to get to do what we do,” Lawrence said. “Being out here, the days can be long sometimes, sometimes you can lose sight of what you do and why you do it.”

Offensive coordinator Tony Elliott can see the excitement oozing out of Lawrence.

“He came back with a ton of energy,” Elliott said. “You could tell that, obviously, he was disappointed he couldn’t be out there for his teammates.”

Florida State coach Mike Norvell would have been just fine with Lawrence needing one more game to recover. But Norvell is certainly impressed with the skills Lawrence possesses.

“He is a special talent, you could say once in a decade,” Norvell said. “He’s a fun player to watch, not only the physical tools, but the charisma that he brings and the leader that he is.”

Tigers backup quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei performed well in place of Lawrence by passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns against Boston College and 439 yards and two scores against Notre Dame.

But still, the club badly missed Lawrence, who has thrown for 1,833 yards and 17 touchdowns this season against just two interceptions.

Lawrence also has that gaudy 31-1 career record as a starter that makes the Tigers feel an extra bit of comfort when he’s on the field.

The one thing not playing since Oct. 24 has done is removed Lawrence from the role as Heisman favorite. Now he is one of the contenders instead of the lead dog, but he said he isn’t concerned about it.

“No watch list or award list is going to change how I feel or the confidence I have,” Lawrence said.

And, of course, he is looking forward to competing against the Seminoles on Saturday.

“He’s really locked in to try and get back out, and lead the team and playing his best football,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “So you know what you’re gonna get from (No.) 16, no doubt about that.”

–Field Level Media