Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer insists his team has an open battle for the starting quarterback job.
Meyer was asked Thursday if there is an ongoing competition between Gardner Minshew and Trevor Lawrence and the former Ohio State University head coach responded, “Yes.”
“I think we’ll answer that as we get closer,” Meyer added.
Meyer also stated that both Lawrence and Minshew will play in their preseason opener against the Browns this Saturday.
For now, Minshew is first on the Jaguars’ unofficial depth chart. The eccentric 25-year-old told Chris Long last month, “I haven’t taken a s–t in weeks… because number two isn’t an option for me.”
Throughout training camp, Lawrence and Minshew have been alternating days as the starter with the first team.
Both quarterbacks have played well in camp. According to ESPN, Minshew has completed 70 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and one interception in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills through the team’s first 12 practices. Lawrence has completed 70.4 percent of his throws with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions.
“[Lawrence] is doing really well,” Meyer said.
Minshew started 12 games as a rookie, taking the NFL by storm with his unique personality after being drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The following season, he started eight games before he was benched for rookie Jake Luton and veteran Mike Glennon. So far in his career, the 25-year-old has 501 completions on 797 attempts for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 93.1.
Lawrence is joining the Jaguars as a rookie after leading the Clemson Tigers to three straight appearances in the College Football Playoff and a National Championship in 2018.
“I feel like I’ve come a long way, especially in camp, just owning it and knowing where my answers are and being able to make adjustments,” Lawrence told reporters on Thursday. “I think that’s the biggest thing, transitioning from college to the NFL is you’re going to see a bunch of looks and it’s really about how you respond and adjust it to put you in a good situation. And that’s just something I’ve had to learn and I’ve gotten a lot better at in the last few weeks.
“I feel good about where I’m at and where the offense is. There’s still a long ways to go, but we’re making progress for sure.”