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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Scott from Atlantic Beach, FL

The sky is falling. Two interceptions in one practice? Maybe he still has a little trade value? The Boat is available.

Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence actually threw three interceptions in practice Monday morning – one to safety Rudy Ford, another to cornerback D.J. Daniel and a third to cornerback Shaquill Griffin that was nullified by an offsides penalty against the defense. Overall, it was by a pretty wide margin Lawrence's toughest day of Jaguars 2021 Training Camp to date. And while I sense your sarcasm in your email, I'm sure there will be at least a few observers at least a little concerned over the performance. As your sarcasm correctly indicates, such a day is no reason for panic for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. He will be fine.

Nathan from St Augustine, FL

Hey, John. Last season James Robinson had 240 carries. I just saw where the second-most carries by a Jaguars running back last season was 32! This can't be ideal on any team no matter how good the starter is, especially with an even longer season now. How do you think the coaches want to see the percentage of carries go this season? Do you think they want to focus on Robinson getting the vast majority of carries? Or a more even split with Carlos Hyde and Travis Etienne Jr?

Robinson was very good as a rookie, but you ideally don't want him getting that percentage of the carries. Or even close to it. So, the answer: A more even split. Much more even.

John from Jacksonville

The Jaguars have been around for a quarter century. In that time, I can only remember four good centers, Dave Widell, Michael Cheever (briefly), Brad Meester and Brandon Linder. If there are others, they weren't good enough to recall. Since the center touches the ball on as many plays as the quarterback, I think it's the second most important position on the offense. I don't get the angst about the offensive line and especially Linder and Tyler Shatley. How does the Jaguars depth and experience at center rate versus the rest of the league?

Center is really important, particularly with a rookie quarterback. Linder and Shatley are the two most-tenured players on the Jaguars' roster, with Linder being a very good starter and Shatley being a proven, capable and reliable backup. The Jaguars are therefore in very good shape at the position.

Terry from Cordele, GA

Being that I do not live in the Jacksonville area it has been very difficult to watch the Jags on TV. Our local TV will show a game if the Atlanta Falcons don't have a game, if the New England Patriots don't have a game, if the Dallas Cowboys don't have a game, you get my drift. Is there a league/Jaguars-approved streaming available to watch our team?

Not really, though DIRECTV is an option.

Chris from Mandarin

Why does spending money bother you? You can't take it with you when you die. Your wife won't be any happier without you if you saved a little better. She's only going to miss you. Money doesn't matter. Buy that extra slice, homie.

I agree with much of what you say. I'll check with the wife to confirm the references to her. Perhaps she'll agree. I can't promise anything.

Doug from Jacksonville, FL

Is it too early to laugh at the ones who claimed a 34-year-old who has been out of football for eight years who caught some balls without pads was going to be the savior of the team? #wontmakethe53

Stay tuned.

Ross from Mechanicsville, VA

Seems to me, reading what's written only, that Phillip Dorsett is having a great camp. Seems he keeps catching touchdowns and/or long gains. Is he doing that well, and does he seem like a great find?

Dorsett, a wide receiver and a first-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 NFL Draft, indeed has had a very good camp through four days. The Jaguars signed him as an unrestricted free agent because he has high-end speed, and he has shown it thus far.

Robert from Fernandina Beach. FL

Maybe it would be better to train on a jet airplane so our feet don't swell up in the desert sun. Just sayin'.

No. If you train on a big jet airliner, there's a real danger it would carry you too far away.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, do you think the defense is going to make Trevor look like a rookie once the pads come on?

I think the defense being able to hit and defend passes in practice beginning Tuesday will make things more difficult for Lawrence and the offense. But Lawrence looking good in the first four days of camp is not just a product of those defensive limitations. He still will make plays.

Marlin from Newberry, FL

We know it is only one week into camp, and there hasn't been any padded practices yet, but who has looked better at tight end: Luke Farrell or Tim Tebow?

They have looked about the same. It doesn't really matter yet. The pads go on Tuesday.

Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL

Seems like coach is a little hard on Minshew with his comments. He seems very dismissive when asked about him. I feel like usually the vet would get the initial respect while the rookie has to earn his stripes, but Gardner is shown no such love. I guess it's the new regime where everyone is in same boat but it has struck me as odd. Thoughts? Did coach already make up his mind before meeting Gardner (watching 15 L's worth of film)? Maybe there is nothing he can do now to erase that memory? Maybe it's just me but Urban seems annoyed that he is performing well and doesn't seem to like to be asked about him.

Gardner Minshew II is essentially splitting repetitions with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, a player many observers believe is a generational talent. Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer also praised Minshew Saturday and spoke far more extensively about him than when asked about Lawrence early in the day. I'm not going to pick apart everything Meyer has said about both players, but whatever "respect" and "love" mean, it doesn't seem from this view that Meyer is withholding either from Minshew.

Willis from Jax

When's the winner of Trevor's nickname contest announced? My submission: Trevosaurus Lawrex.


Bill from Ponte Vedra, FL

I haven't been watching the NFL Network's training camp coverage non-stop, but I keep checking in and so far "No Jags." Lots of coverage for bad teams like the Eagles. I would have thought Trevor L would have earned the team at least a little curiosity. Has NFL Network had anyone in Jax?

Yes. Scott Hanson, Brian Baldinger and James Palmer from the NFL Network all attended and reported from Jaguars 2021 Training Camp practice last week. Ian Rapoport was there from the network on Monday.

Steve from Nashville, TN

With recent signings of non-household-name backup quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Sean Mannion, Gardner Minshew's value in the league – considering his number of NFL starts and incredibly low salary –has to make him a commodity that other teams will seek out before the end of camp?

This may or may not true. We'll see.

Robert from Fernandina Beach, FL

Hey O, unless there is another Robert from Fernandina, that was not my question.

I would assume there is more than one person from Fernandina named Robert. Or perhaps I made a mistake. The latter option, considering my 55-year history of perfection, isn't likely. But I suppose it's possible. But probably not.

Greg from Section 122, Jacksonville, FL

The obvious name for our QB is Trevor "The Law" Lawrence. It writes itself. In the likes of Peyton "The Sheriff" Manning.

I like that.

Dave from Jacksonville

O-Zone tell us, should the fans be concerned that edge defender K'Lavon Chaisson was turtled a couple of times Monday in practice? Reports were circulated on radio he got trucked by both our competing left tackles. Is size an issue for him or not? Pads won't help that. This fan has high hopes for him this year.

Chaisson, a second-year veteran and a first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, indeed appeared to struggle multiple times during pass-rush drills Monday. He is smaller than most – if not all – offensive tackles he will face. Monday wasn't a great day for Chaisson. But remember: He had some promising moments late last season. I would reference those few games as much as – or more than – I would reference the first pass-rush sessions of training camp when assessing Chaisson.

Lewis from J'ville

John I'm getting really excited about this team. Really, really excited. Can you talk me down? Please... The pads, John … the pads go on Tuesday. Starting to like Urban. I think he will be fine, how about you?

I'll muddle through.