JACKSONVILLE – Urban Meyer feels good about the Jaguars' offensive line.
And if the Jaguars' head coach has been waiting a while to feel that way, the positive for Meyer is he is feeling good about it at a good time.
The Jaguars' starting offensive line – which did not play together in any of three 2021 preseason games because of a variety of injuries and issues – is healthy and ready for the 2021 regular-season opener. Meyer addressed the line Friday at his final media availability of the week.
"They're all healthy," Meyer said Friday as the Jaguars prepared to play the Houston Texans in a 2021 Week 1 regular-season game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday at 1 p.m.
"They look good. They look healthy. They at times didn't play as well as we expected them to play last year, but they've done everything I've asked this year. I like where we're at offensively."
Left guard Andrew Norwell missed all three preseason games with an elbow issue, while left tackle Cam Robinson (ankle) and center Brandon Linder (knee) missed the last two preseason games. Right guard A.J. Cann missed the preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys on reserve/COVID-19.
Cann has returned to the active roster, and all five starting linemen – Robinson, Norwell, Linder, Cann and right tackle Jawaan Taylor – are expected to start a third consecutive regular-season opener Sunday.
Meyer on Friday also said rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell will be listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week but is expected to play Sunday. Veteran cornerback Tre Herndon is expected to miss Sunday's game with a medial collateral ligament injury.
Other highlights from Meyer's final availability of the week:
1)Meyer discussed rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence's approach this week as he prepared for his first NFL regular-season start. "He has been excellent," Meyer said. "The best thing I like about our quarterback is he rallies those around him. He was No. 3 in the vote-getting for our captains. That tells you a little a bit. Some quarterbacks, other players are just OK with them. This guy, they rally around him. I know I see it, but to physically see the voting … that was pretty cool." …
2)Meyer was also asked about the history in the NFL of rookie quarterbacks struggling in their first start. The last quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft to win his first career start was David Carr with the Houston Texans in 2002. "Every game is different," Meyer said. "Every team is different. I like our quarterback." …
3)Meyer on if winning Sunday is particularly important considering he is continuing to work to create a new culture around the organization: "We have a reputation of working really hard – treating players right but working hard. If you fail, then (perhaps you start hearing), 'Why are we working so hard?' I've always worried about that. Our locker room is really strong right now. We're going to see what the results are Sunday night. I have a feeling our players want to win. Our players have worked very hard, and they've been treated right. I like where we're at." …
5)Meyer discussed the Texans' defense and coordinator Lovie Smith, calling the Houston defensive front "one of the strengths of their team. He (Smith) lets them play. He lets talented players play. I've always been a big fan of that as well. Sometimes you get over-creative and start dropping players that should be rushing. Just let them play. With Lovie, you'll see the best of the best." …
Check out top photos from the Jaguars practice on Wednesday September 8th as they get ready for week 1 against the Texans in Houston.