Aug 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) rolls out to throw a pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie QBs Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson named team captains

The Jacksonville Jaguars showed their faith in Trevor Lawrence back in April by selecting the quarterback with the top overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. The New York Jets followed suit when they selected Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick.

On Wednesday, the Jaguars and Jets doubled down, naming the rookie quarterbacks team captains for the upcoming season. Lawrence will be one of seven captains, Wilson one of five.

Lawrence was named the team’s starter following a training camp battle with the since-traded Gardner Minshew II.

The 21-year-old Lawrence threw for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The 6-foot-6 quarterback also ran for 943 yards and 18 scores.

Joining Lawrence as a Jaguars’ team captain are defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen, cornerback Shaq Griffin, linebacker Myles Jack, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, center Brandon Linder and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr.

The Jaguars open their season at the Houston Texans on Sunday.

In New York, Wilson will be joined as captain by wide receiver Corey Davis, linebacker C.J. Mosley, defensive lineman Folorunso Fatukasi and Justin Hardee.

The Jets will visit the Carolina Panthers Sunday for their season opener. They reconnect with Sam Darnold, whom Wilson replaced as starting quarterback.

A BYU product, Wilson threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading the Cougars to an 11-1 record in 2020. For his collegiate career, he threw for 7,652 yards with 56 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) rolls out to throw a pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence tosses 2 TDs as Jaguars jolt Cowboys

Rookie Trevor Lawrence tossed two touchdown passes to lift the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 34-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in the final preseason game for both teams in Arlington, Texas.

Lawrence, the top overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards. He tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Pharoh Cooper in the first quarter and a 4-yard score to Laviska Shenault Jr. in the second.

Lawrence exited the contest early in the second quarter.

Devine Ozigbo capped a 68-yard rushing performance with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Jaguars (1-2), who played most of their starters. Jacksonville opens the season on Sept. 12 at the Houston Texans.

Aaron Parker and Johnnie Dixon each reeled in a touchdown pass for the Cowboys (0-4), who kick off the season on Sept. 9 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterback (16) Trevor Lawrence during drills Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their practice session Sunday, August 8, 2021 in front of a limited number of fans on the turf at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jags make it official: Trevor Lawrence is Week 1 starter

The Jacksonville Jaguars made it official Wednesday, anointing 2021 No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence as their starting quarterback for the season opener.

The Jaguars open their season at the Houston Texans on Sept. 12.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said Lawrence will also start the team’s third and final preseason game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The decision was expected but Meyer maintained even two weeks ago that the quarterback competition was open between Lawrence and Gardner Minshew II. The pair split first-team reps throughout training camp.

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

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 NFL Draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The 6-foot-6 quarterback also ran for 943 yards and 18 TDs.

The news comes a day after the Jaguars announced that their other first-round pick, running back Travis Etienne, will miss the entire season with a Lisfranc injury.

–Field Level Media

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) waits for the snap against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston makes case to be Saints’ QB in win over Jags

Jameis Winston made a strong statement to be the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback, throwing for a pair of touchdowns in a 23-21 preseason win over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night.

The competition to replace Saints legend Drew Brees is a two-man race between the strong-armed Winston, who went 9 of 10 for 123 yards, and the versatile Taysom Hill, who was 11 of 20 for 138 yards with a score.

Jacksonville (0-2) also has yet to name a starting quarterback for Week 1. Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, completed 14 of 23 for 113 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Gardner Minshew II went 13 of 21 for 149 yards with a pick.

Marquez Callaway caught both touchdown passes from Winston — a terrific 43-yard grab on the opening drive of the game and an impressive one-handed reception from 29 yards out late in the first quarter. Hill’s TD pass also was a well-thrown ball, with Lil’Jordan Humphrey snagging the 14-yard strike late in the third for the Saints (1-1).

Jacksonville’s C.J. Beathard threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final six minutes of the contest to trim the final margin.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars (15) QB Gardner Minshew gives instructions during drills at 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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Gardner Minshew II: ‘No. 2 is not an option’ in Jags’ QB battle

Gardner Minshew II was quite graphic in declaring his disinterest in accepting the No. 2 role in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ quarterback competition.

Minshew, 25, will be battling 2021 NFL Draft top overall pick Trevor Lawrence for the starting job.

“I’ll say this man, in preparation for the competition, I haven’t taken a (expletive) in weeks, because No. 2 isn’t an option for me. No. 2 is not an option,” Minshew said on “The Green Light” podcast.

Minshew burst on the scene during his rookie season in 2019, taking over for an injured Nick Foles in the season opener. He threw for 3,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games for Jacksonville, which finished with a 6-10 record.

Minshew, like the Jaguars, had a much more difficult time in 2020. He played in just nine games and battled for playing time with Foles, Mike Glennon and even Jate Luton as Jacksonville limped to a 1-15 mark.

Lawrence was 34-2 as a starter at Clemson and led the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman.

The 6-foot-6 quarterback completed 758 of 1,138 passes at Clemson for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also ran for 943 yards and 18 TDs.

Lawrence is the only quarterback ever to win three Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.

–Field Level Media

Jun 14, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) participates in drills during minicamp at Dream Finders Homes practice complex Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars sign No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence

No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence signed his four-year deal with the Jaguars on Monday, officially beginning a new era in Jacksonville.

While the team didn’t announce financial terms, ESPN reported the deal is worth $36.8 million and includes $24.1 million in guaranteed money.

Lawrence was the first-ever No. 1 overall selection in Jaguars history.

In his college career, the 6-foot-6 Lawrence was 34-2 as a starter at Clemson and led the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman.

He completed 758 of 1,138 passes at Clemson for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also ran for 943 yards and 18 TDs.

Lawrence is the only quarterback ever to win three Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.

The Jaguars still have three unsigned draft picks: Lawrence’s Clemson teammate, running back Travis Etienne Jr. (Round 1, No. 25), cornerback Tyson Campbell from Georgia (Round 2, No. 33), and Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little (Round 2, No. 45).

Training camp opens July 27 in Jacksonville. The Jaguars open the 2021 season behind Lawrence and new head coach Urban Meyer on Sept. 12 in Houston against the Texans.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars Passing Game Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with quarterbacks (16) Trevor Lawrence and (3) C.J. Beathard on the practice fields outside TIAA Bank Field during the Jacksonville Jaguars  mandatory veterans minicamp session Monday morning, June 14, 2021.

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Jags’ Brian Schottenheimer: ‘Too early’ to name starting QB

Jacksonville passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer said Wednesday that No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence hasn’t locked up the Jaguars’ starting job … yet.

“It’s still too early to say how this thing’s going to play out,” Schottenheimer said, according to ESPN.

Too early for Schottenheimer, perhaps, but all signs point to the former Clemson quarterback being under center when the Jaguars kick off the season at Houston on Sept. 12.

Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite to be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year at +300 at PointsBet.

The 6-foot-6 Lawrence is regarded as a generational talent and the 21-year-old face of the franchise, which drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick on April 29.

He was 34-2 as a three-year starter at Clemson, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Lawrence led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff national championship as a 2018 freshman.

The other quarterbacks on first-year head coach Urban Meyer’s roster are Gardner Minshew II, C.J. Beathard and Jake Luton.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars (16) QB Trevor Lawrence during drills at 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. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (hamstring) still ailing

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence didn’t participate in team drills at Monday’s minicamp due to his left hamstring injury.

The injury initially caused Lawrence to miss some organized team activity drills last week. He was able to do some individual work Monday.

Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer said the team didn’t want to risk a setback with the No. 1 overall draft pick.

“Our trainers and (passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) are being a little cautious because right now when you’re a month out, you yank a hamstring now you’re going to miss the early part of the training camp,” Meyer said. “That’s that one muscle that, you guys have all seen it like I have, you pull a hamstring at this point you’re going to miss all your summer conditioning so we’re being somewhat conservative on it. But he actually could play a game if he had to.”

Lawrence admitted to being frustrated that the healing process hasn’t been quicker.

“It’s feeling good. It’s been about a week. Just trying to work it back to full capacity,” Lawrence said. “It’s a little frustrating just not being able to go full speed. I’m feeling good and just trying to not have any more setbacks. So taking it slow.

“Got some good reps today. So start getting more and more each day this week. And just kinda work back into it. It’s doing great. Try to work it back.”

Lawrence did most of his work off to the side on Monday but did throw in 7-on-7 drills. He was held out of all 11-on-11 drills.

The Jaguars conclude minicamp on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) talks with teammates during drills at rookie minicamp.

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence praises new teammate Tim Tebow

Trevor Lawrence has something in common with the newest tight end on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Both players were first-round draft quarterbacks.

Lawrence praised Tim Tebow on Wednesday during an interview with NFL Network. The No. 1 overall pick out of Clemson believes that he can work well with the 33-year-old Tebow, who is back in the league with Jaguars first-year coach Urban Meyer.

“I’ve had a few good conversations with him. I’m really excited to play with him,” Lawrence said about Tebow. “I don’t know if you’re going to find a better guy to have in your locker room, and he’s in great shape. He looks great, he’s been out there practicing with us.”

Tebow has not played in the NFL since 2012, when he appeared in 12 games and started two for the New York Jets. He is not promised a spot on the Jaguars’ 53-man roster, but Lawrence likes what he has seen from the veteran.

“He’s running around well, picking it up quick,” Lawrence said. “I think mentally, he’s in a great spot. Being a quarterback and playing in the NFL for a number of years, he kind of gets the NFL offense — personnel, offense, systems — he picks them up easily.

“He’s coming along great and I think just everyone’s excited to have him in the locker room, seeing what he’s been able to do, the ultimate competitor he is and just his character. That’s just a guy you want on your team, for one, and a guy you want to be around.”

As for Lawrence, the adjustment to the NFL has been smooth so far.

“There’s a lot of differences, (but) it’s still football,” Lawrence said. “It’s been a lot of fun to get out there with all the new guys, new teammates, and kind of get used to everyone. That’s been fun, but it’s just different.

“I’m a pro now, and just the way people handle their business, the expectations, all those things, in a good way. You’re just expected to be prepared and play at a high level because this is our job now. It’s been a cool adjustment for me, and being able to treat this as, this is my job. This is all I have to do. It’s not like I’m in school anymore.”

–Field Level Media