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Jaguars 2021 Training Camp: QB "still status quo"

8-19-21-Lawrence

JACKSONVILLE – They will share time until they don't.

That has been the story of the Jaguars' quarterback situation early in training camp and preseason. For now, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said it will remain that way.

"We're still going to handle it that way until we end up making the final decision," Bevell said Thursday morning before Day 16 practice of Jaguars 2021 Training Camp at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.

"Right now, it's still status quo."

Status quo thus far has meant rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew II essentially splitting practice repetitions with the first- and second-team offense.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, started a 23-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Preseason Week 1 this past Saturday and played two series. Minshew, a sixth-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2019 NFL Draft who started 20 games over the past two seasons, played the final three series of the first half with both players working behind the starting offensive line.

"We're trying to make everybody better, and we want competition at each and every position," Bevell said. "I think both guys are getting better because of it."

Bevell said Lawrence likely will start against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans in Preseason Week 2 Monday.

"It's probably going to be Trevor," he said. "We're still continuing to talk about it."

Bevell, entering his first season as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, also on Thursday discussed Head Coach Urban Meyer saying early this week that he wanted the offense to be more up-tempo moving forward.

"We've had some conversations about it," Bevell said. "We'll see what happens in the game, basically. We've talked to coach about it. We've given our thoughts and his thoughts. We'll continue kind of in that direction."

The Jaguars were shut out in the first three quarters against the Browns, producing 120 yards offense in the first half and allowing sacks on each of the first three drives.

"It wasn't unexpected," Bevell said. "I kind of felt the game would go a certain way. We were asking the guys to do certain things. I thought they played well in some areas. There are obviously some things we can do better."

Lawrence was sacked twice, passing for 71 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions. Minshew was sacked once, throwing for 48 yards and no touchdowns with an interception on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the first half.

"The protection of the quarterback is a major emphasis for us and there are different reasons," Bevell said. "When you say, 'Protection of the quarterback,' everybody always goes immediately to the offensive line. It really takes all 11.

"The quarterback has to get it out on time. Receivers have to be where they're suppose to be when they're supposed to be there. Running backs are charged with getting out or protection. Then there is offensive line help as well. All of us have to do better in that area.

"That's why we have preseason games – to see where we're at."

Bevell also specifically discussed Lawrence's play against the Browns in his first NFL game of any kind.

"The whole game experience for him was really important for him to have," Bevell said. "That was his first opportunity to get in there were actually those guys could tackle him. That really changes the dynamic. He'll continue to get better each and every time he goes out there."

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