JACKSONVILLE – Tuesday was a day for caution.
That was the case for Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Day 8 of 2021 Organized Team Activities presented by Baptist Health.
Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, took limited repetitions and threw only a few passes in live situations early Tuesday afternoon in a two-hour, non-padded practice at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.
"He just tightened up his hamstring and we didn't want to take any chances," Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer said.
The Jaguars are off Wednesday, and Meyer said Lawrence should be able to participate when voluntary OTAs continue Thursday.
"He should be fine Thursday," Meyer said.
Tuesday also was a day for strong defense for the Jaguars, with the defense registering four interceptions – two off veteran quarterback Gardner Minshew II and two off Lawrence. Cornerback Sidney Jones IV intercepted Lawrence and Minshew, with defensive end Lerentee McCray intercepting a tipped pass off Lawrence and second-year safety Daniel Thomas returning an interception off Lawrence for a long touchdown.
"They had a very good day," Meyer said of the defense. "Offense looked good yesterday. Today, defense had the upper hand. But that happens. Even when we're not live to the ball … so that tells you they did a very good job. I saw what you saw. The guys [on defense] looked very good today."
Lawrence, who did not work in red-zone or 7-on-7 drills Tuesday, went 52-2 as a starter in high school and 34-2 as a starter at Clemson University. Meyer was asked how the rookie has handled adversity in a little more than five weeks in the NFL.
"He has not experienced a whole lot of that," Meyer said. "He's a grown man the way he handles his business. He's here bright-eyed and ready to go all the time. I don't want to undervalue what you saw today, but there was no winner-loser. It was just some execution misfires, and we have to get those fixed.
"He's fine. His development as a player (in difficult situations), that's going to be interesting to watch. It's something we have to watch and manage."
Meyer said the no winner-loser aspect of OTAs applies to all players.
"It's steady as it goes," Meyer said. "The whole idea of Phase 3 [of the NFL offseason] is we have to really tone back and make sure the guys aren't launching themselves after the ball. It's all about not losing the strength gains and speed gains we made in the offseason and installing the offense and trying to execute.
"This is not about winning and losing right now. That time is coming, but not now."
Cornerback CJ Henderson, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, continues to participate in individual work OTAs – but nothing live – after undergoing labrum surgery in March. Rookie cornerback Tyson Campbell, the No. 33 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, also is limited after straining his hamstring on Day 1 of rookie minicamp. "We're being cautious, but we'd like to get him some Thursday then let him go next week [in a three-day minicamp], so we at least know what we've got," Meyer said of Campbell. Meyer also said defensive end Josh Allen was limited Tuesday with lower back tightness. "We were just cautionary today," Meyer said of Allen. "He's fine."
Meyer praised wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. shortly after the Shenault had an impressive day Tuesday. "He's one of our best playmakers on offense," Meyer said of Shenault, a second-round section in the 2020 NFL Draft who caught 58 passes for 600 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season. "I love who he is. I love the way he practices. He has been there every day. He's a great puzzle piece for us to have on offense. Plus, his attitude every day is fantastic."
Meyer on Minshew, who started 20 games in his first two NFL seasons for the Jaguars: "He's done a nice job. He's one of the leaders on offense. His greatest quality is competitive spirit."
Top photos of the Jaguars during the third week of 2021 OTAs.