JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Ed from Jax
Since Trevor Lawrence is the best prospect since Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, are we expecting him to call his own plays? Perhaps at the line of scrimmage? When do you think we can see this?
Let's be clear on what "call your own plays" means in the NFL these days, and let's be clear on the realistic timeline on such things. Calling plays, especially early in a young quarterback's career, typically means going to the line of scrimmage with two or three options – then calling the correct play based on the defensive look. As far as when this is realistic, there are multiple answers. A rookie may be able to do it confidently on occasion, then he should over time gain confidence and do it more often – and with better results – as his career continues. When I first started covering the Indianapolis Colts in 2001, Manning could do this on occasion. In my final few seasons covering him, he was otherworldly good at it – to the point that he was choosing from far more than just two or three pre-called plays and to the point that it was at times the equivalent of him calling his own plays. So … yeah, I would expect Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence to progress in this area during his career. It will be a while before he is otherworldly good.
Jim from Middleburg, FL
Hey, John: How is this team going to win football games without serious improvement in offensive line play and depth? They won't.
That's how you see it, and the Jaguars agree that the offensive line must improve – and in particular, they believe right tackle Jawaan Taylor and left tackle Cam Robinson must be more consistent than they were last season. They are optimistic that will be the case. The team also this offseason moved to improve the depth – and to acquire a future starter – by selecting tackle Walker Little from Stanford in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. This regime realizes the importance of the offensive line. The decision-makers may or may not address it exactly as some observers want, but they realize it.
Rob from WhatsAHomeTown, USA
There was something about Trevor Lawrence watching his post-practice video on Jaguars.com in 2021 Rookie Minicamp. Seemed confident and professional. What are your "way too early" thoughts on him after seeing him for a few days?
Lawrence was impressive when he spoke to the media during Jaguars 2021 Rookie Minicamp last week. This is not surprising, because one of the reasons Lawrence was long considered a dead-solid lock to be selected No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft was he pretty much "checked every box." One of those boxes absolutely was the maturity, confidence and poise expected from a quarterback whose role will be to be the team leader and face of the franchise sooner than later.
Howard from Homestead, FL
By all means, give Trevor a running game. How many Super Bowls did John Elway win as quarterback of the Denver Broncos before running back Terrell Davis arrived?
Gary from Saint Augustine, FL
Why do we sign a has-been quarterback to play tight end when there are far more talented players available?
The Jaguars signed Tim Tebow as a tight end, a move that became official Thursday and a move that not unexpectedly has drawn attention in the media. Remember: There are 90 players on an offseason roster, and 10-to-12 at the bottom of the roster annually have next-to-no chance of making the roster. To use one of those spots on a player who conceivably could help is simply not a high-risk situation – and it's almost certainly not keeping a future Hall of Fame player out of the league. And always keep this in mind when thinking about this signing: The Jaguars signed Tebow because Head Coach Urban Meyer thinks perhaps he can help the team in some capacity. If he doesn't, he won't make the team. That's how Meyer and the Jaguars see this. Whatever the perception, that's it. Others can see it how they like.
Alan from Jacksonville
The Wizards of Numerology at Pro Football Focus ran simulations of the 2021 season and they had the Jags winning an average of 8.1 games and making the playoffs 33.8 percent of the time. My question is: Do you know if this is with or without Tim Tebow in the lineup?
Good one, Alan.
Art from Drexel Hill, Pa
The Hunt is absolutely fantastic! I only wish there were more episodes and they were longer. Duuuvaalll!!
The Hunt indeed has been a fantastic, behind-the-scenes look at the Jaguars. Big-time kudos to the Jaguars Production department, spearheaded by Vice President Patrick "PKav" Kavanagh. The Hunt and multiple other projects in recent months have displayed the keen storytelling skills of all involved. Their vision for the Hunt has guided this project from the beginning, and these kudos are well-earned.
Gator from Gainesville, FL
He is here ... finally.
I'm excited about Jameson Houston, too. He just might have the ability to make the roster and contribute at the cornerback position. We'll see what happens in training camp.
Timmy T from Nease, FL
Just started following your O-Zone again after a few years off. Is your consecutive streak still alive and if so, how many days now?
Tim! Whaddup, brah!! Yes, the O-Zone streak is still alive. As of today, it's at 3,575 days. It's a free website, Tim. Come back any time.
Steven from Knoxville, TN
What does Coach Meyer think about Gardner Minshew II?
This from Meyer on Minshew on March 19: "Gardner's done some very good things here in Jacksonville and he's a competitive maniac, which I really appreciate that about him."
Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL
Overall, I think the Jaguars organization has done well this offseason with their draft and free agent signings. The Tebow circus will, as you pointed out, fade away quickly once he is either cut or makes the team. But there is one personnel move I just cannot understand. The signing C.J. Beathard apparently makes Minshew expendable. What does the Jaguars' staff see that we fans cannot? Minshew has more playing time, more yards (in the air and on the ground), a higher completion percentage, and of course the intangible – his teammates seem to believe in him. Enlighten us, John.
It remains to be seen how the Minshew story in Jacksonville will play out. Minshew, while he has experience and while he has been productive at times, also has some areas where he has not been as strong – and those areas have been well-documented over the past two seasons: arm strength, pocket presence, ability to make certain throws downfield. If the Jaguars move forward with Minshew, one can assume they like his strengths enough to make him the correct option. If not, one can assume they don't.
Andy from St. Augustine, FL
Two things, First, Tim Tebow is nowhere near "phenomenally athletic," especially in today's NFL. Maybe back in his day he could have been considered very athletic – for a quarterback. And while he was bigger and stronger than most quarterback 10 years ago, at 6-feet-2 and 240 pounds he's kind of undersized for a tight end and anyone who has seen him trip over his own feet in the outfield running toward a routine fly ball can tell you he isn't the most coordinated runner. Second: You have said that Coach Meyer is trying to help the team with this signing and if it doesn't work, no harm no foul. Wouldn't there be a much better chance of success if we actually used that roster spot to sign someone who maybe actually had experience playing the position they are trying out for? Any one of the available free agents out there? Maybe don't trade away a former high-round draft pick since there's more chance he'll stay healthy then there is of a 34-year-old that hasn't played in a game in almost a decade and has never played the position succeeding?
Andy, apparently, is not "all in."
Ed from Ponte Vedra, FL
In your opinion, do you think there are some undrafted tight ends available right now that are on paper more qualified than Tebow that are fuming at the fact that popularity beat talent?
I think an undrafted tight end who remains unsigned probably isn't so otherworldly talented that he's a significantly better option than Tebow.
Scott from Jacksonville
You forgot to ask Sean one thing about his 83-year-old mother. Has she ever declared for the NFL draft? If not, getting a tryout isn't realistic.
You've apparently never seen Sean's mother block a blitzing linebacker. Or get loose down the middle of the field. It's impressive.