JACKSONVILLE – The competition continues.
And while Head Coach Urban Meyer doesn't yet know when a decision will be made between rookie Trevor Lawrence and veteran Gardner Minshew II, he did say this on Friday about the Jaguars' quarterback situation:
He wants to decide relatively soon. And he has an idea when he would like to make that decision – not that he is revealing that time.
"I do in my mind; again, it's a conversation three people have daily," Meyer said Friday after Day 17 Jaguars 2021 Training Camp practice at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.
Those three people are Meyer, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, and Meyer reiterated Friday what Bevell said earlier this week – that Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, is still very much competing with the third-year veteran Minshew.
"It doesn't bother me," Lawrence said. "I think that's the way to run a team, honestly. You have to compete. The best player has to play. You have to compete. As a first-year player coming in, that's kind of what's expected. You want to compete for the job.
"There's a right way to do things. I think they have handled it great. We're in a good spot. We're going to keep working. I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity I get and that's all I can really do."
Lawrence started and played two series in the Jaguars' preseason-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns last Saturday with Minshew playing the final three series of the first half. Meyer said the coaches have yet to discuss who will start against the New Orleans Saints in a Preseason Week 2 game in New Orleans Monday.
Meyer emphasized Friday that Lawrence has yet to win the starting job.
"That hasn't happened yet," Meyer said. "As soon as that happens, then we'll give him (the starting quarterback) 'one' reps – all 'one' reps."
Meyer was asked if there was a possibility the decision might wait until the third preseason game.
"In theory, but I'd rather it not," he said.
Minshew and Lawrence have split repetitions with the first and second team throughout '21 training camp.
"We do a good job of managing it," Lawrence said. "Obviously as a young guy, you want as many [repetitions] as you can get just because every look that you get is something new you're seeing and that you can learn from. I just want as many as I can get. We're at that point now that we've been practicing for so long it's more about getting mental reps, too, because we can't go out there for three hours every day once the season starts. Guys have to take care of their bodies. You have to be careful.
"We've had great prep up to this point, a great camp. I've learned a lot and I've gotten a lot better, I think – taking care of the ball, decision-making, knowing the offense. The more reps I can get, obviously the better. Obviously, I'd like that."
While Lawrence said it's more difficult getting into a rhythm sharing repetitions, he added: "It's part of it."
"Everyone has to deal with it," Lawrence said. "That's part of every competition, just practice in general. With groups rotating in and out, that's something you always have to deal with."
Lawrence said the Jaguars had a good week of preparation for the Saints, adding that this week's practices were more about game planning than earlier '21 training camp practices.
"It's a little different than last week," he said. "We're kind of transitioning out of camp. It's been good. It's a little new to me, compared to college. It's a little different. I'm getting used to it, getting my routine mapped out. I'll make some changes here and there based on what I like or don't like, but I feel like we're in a pretty good spot."
Meyer on Friday said of rookie safety Andre Cisco: "He's doing good. He's in the hunt for a starting spot." Cisco, a third-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft from Syracuse University, missed the last nine games of the 2020 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He has been practicing full throughout '21 training camp.
Meyer on how he approaches giving players a voice via a "players' council:" "It depends who it is. You have to earn that right. Honestly, if I thought they didn't earn it, there would be no voice. We have some really good people here. I really trust a lot of the veterans and they've been really helpful to me."
Meyer on if he is concerned about Jaguars players and the temptation of a city such as New Orleans: "I've told our players, 'If I'm worried about that we might as well not practice because we're going to get our brains kicked in.' If this is one of those kinds of teams, I'll let you know. Our record will show it. If it's a bunch of grown men who are serious about their careers, it's a good place to be. If it's not, it's not."