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Rookie minicamp: Lawrence "looks great…"

(Logan Bowles / Jacksonville Jaguars)
(Logan Bowles / Jacksonville Jaguars)

JACKSONVILLE – All is good regarding Trevor Lawrence.

That was Head Coach Urban Meyer's message Saturday on Day 2 of Jaguars 2021 rookie minicamp presented by Baptist Health – and that was the rookie quarterback's message, too.

"He's looked great," Meyer said.

Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, is on a 30-to-40-throw "pitch count" during rookie minicamp after February surgery on his left (non-throwing) labrum. Meyer on Saturday called the approach "cautious," and Lawrence on Saturday called his first NFL work in recent days "great."

"We've had a good two days," Lawrence said.

Jaguars rookies are working with limited numbers during this camp, with about 15 players participating.

"We've been working the past few days, mentally, and just getting ready," Lawrence said. "We're going on install, kind of thinking a lot. But it feels really good to get out there and get some reps all together. … There's only so much you can do with only 15 guys or so, but I think we've made the most of it.

"Everyone has the right mentality and it's been a very productive two days. I feel like I'm in a way better spot than I was before that first practice."

Meyer said he expects Lawrence "pretty close to full go" before the end of organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, which are scheduled to begin May 24 and run through June 17.

"The No. 1 issue is falling," Meyer said. "He can't hand off right now. He can't take a direct snap from under center. We're just worried about any chance of that arm getting jammed right now. They told me the labrum is healed after three months and it has been three months.

"We can't have a guy on the ground. That's the biggest thing. We have to keep people away from him. The pitch count's not as big as keeping him upright."

Meyer said a challenge for Lawrence early is getting accustomed to a coordinator calling plays into his helmet.

"No-huddle quarterbacks have a tendency to struggle a little bit with verbiage and calling plays and getting use to a coordinator," Meyer said. "He's really adapted well to that."

Lawrence on the transition, "It's definitely a lot different than what I'm used to. We signaled in college, so [the] NFL is completely different. But I'm making good progress and I'm getting more used to hearing the calls, and repeating them, and breaking them up to where everyone is understanding it.

That's helping a lot, being able to take charge and lead a little bit there. It's just getting more and more comfortable with that, which I am, but that just takes a bunch of reps. To get good at something, you've got to practice it a lot. So, [I'm] going to try to keep working it."

Lawrence said the left shoulder no longer bothers him day to day, saying that while he wants to go all-out immediately, "There's a right way to do things and to be careful and put myself in the best position for this team."

"I'm trusting that," he said. "That's—the medical staff, the coaches. Everyone is on the same page. We've got a good plan, we know what we're doing and I'm just trusting that. It won't be long before I'm full-go, so I'm ready. … I want to get out there and just throw and go. But I think it's better for me in the long run, just to take it slow and get acclimated – just because I'm still recovering from my left shoulder.

"It's feeling great, no complaints here. I'm making great progress. But I've still got to just be smart and take it easy." … It's doing great, I've got full range of motion, pretty much. I need to work on it a little bit, but I'm feeling great.

"We're taking steps in the right direction for sure, just trying to make sure I'm good come Game One."

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