Meyer has timetable on QB decide; battle continues

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars coach City Meyer mentioned he has a timetable in thoughts for naming a beginning quarterback, however he additionally mentioned the competitors between Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew may final a number of extra weeks.

Lawrence, the No. 1 NFL draft decide, and Minshew will proceed to alternate observe days with the first-team offense. Meyer mentioned he’ll determine on a starter for the Sept. 12 season opener at Houston in session with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

“I do [have a timeline] in my very own thoughts, however as soon as once more, it is dialog that the three individuals are having each day,” Meyer mentioned. “In concept it may [go through the final preseason game on Aug. 29], however I might fairly not.”

Lawrence labored with the primary staff on Friday, after Minshew labored with it Thursday. The rookie mentioned he is fantastic with competing for the beginning job.

“It does not trouble me,” Lawrence mentioned. “I believe that is the way in which to run a staff, actually. The very best participant has to play and you have to compete. As a first-year participant coming in, it is type of what’s anticipated. You need to compete for the job. There is a proper strategy to do issues, and I believe they’ve dealt with it nice. We’re in a great place and we’re simply going to maintain working, and I’ll benefit from each alternative I get. That is all I can actually do.”

Meyer mentioned he needs Lawrence to get extra reps in Monday’s preseason sport at New Orleans, however will determine on Saturday which quarterback will begin in opposition to the Saints. Within the preseason opener in opposition to Cleveland, Lawrence performed 25 snaps and accomplished 6 of 9 passes for 71 yards, whereas Minshew performed 11 snaps and went 4-for-7 for 47 yards with an interception.

Lawrence mentioned he’d like extra reps in observe, as would any participant coming into the league.

“I believe we do a great job of managing it,” Lawrence mentioned. “Clearly as a younger man, you need as many as you will get, simply because each look that you simply get is one thing new you are seeing and you can study from. So, for me, I simply need as many as I can get. And we’re at that time now we have been practising for therefore lengthy, it is extra about getting much more psychological reps, too, as a result of we will not go on the market for 3 hours on daily basis because the season begins.

“I believe we have had an ideal prep up so far, nice camp, and for me I’ve discovered lots and I’ve gotten lots higher, I believe, simply taking good care of the ball, decision-making, realizing the offense. However the extra reps I can get, clearly the higher, and clearly I might like that.”

Lawrence has accomplished 71% of his passes with 35 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills — in addition to the primary preseason sport — since camp started. Minshew has accomplished 72% of his passes with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions.

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