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Trevor Lawrence

Video: Trevor Lawrence flashes his potential with incredible throw

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence was formally named the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback this week, and a throw he made during Sunday’s preseason game was a good illustration of how he landed the job.

Lawrence went 3-for-3 for 62 yards and a touchdown on Jacksonville’s opening drive against the Dallas Cowboys. The drive also featured his best throw of the preseason, which was an absolute dime down the sideline to Phillip Dorsett.

That is the definition of an “NFL throw.” Those are the types of throws that made Lawrence a consensus No. 1 overall pick. If the Jaguars can fix some of the offensive line problems they have been having, we should see plenty more plays like that from Lawrence in his rookie season.

Urban Meyer finally names Trevor Lawrence starting QB for Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence

Urban Meyer insisted all offseason that the Jacksonville Jaguars would hold an open competition for their starting quarterback job, but the head coach has finally made a formal decision.

Meyer told reporters on Wednesday that Trevor Lawrence will start against the Houston Texans in Week 1. The Jaguars followed with a tweet hyping up the No. 1 overall pick.

Unless Lawrence got injured, there was virtually no way he was going to lose the so-called open competition. The Jaguars drafted Lawrence with the intention of having him start immediately, and that is what the former Clemson star is going to do.

Gardner Minshew had a hilarious comment this offseason about how he was not going to go down without a fight, but he will begin the season as Lawrence’s primary backup. Meyer hinted earlier this month that the Jaguars may not be all that patient with Lawrence if he struggles. That, too, is likely lip service. As long as he’s healthy, Lawrence is highly unlikely to lose his starting job this season.

Urban Meyer reveals timetable for Jaguars QB decision

Urban Meyer

While the conventional wisdom is that Trevor Lawrence will ultimately start at quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the decision hasn’t been officially made yet by coach Urban Meyer. On Friday, Meyer did offer up a possible timetable for when that might become official.

Meyer said he “could” wait until after the team’s third preseason game to name a starter, but also made clear it would be his preference to make a decision before that point.

Based on that timeline, we should know by next Sunday whether Lawrence or Gardner Minshew will be starting for Jacksonville in Week 1 of the regular season.

Lawrence clearly has the leg up, but Minshew has made it hilariously clear that he won’t back down from trying to win the job. Meyer has also offered an interesting hint regarding what he’ll be looking at when making his choice.

Here are the details of Trevor Lawrence’s first NFL contract

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence has officially signed his first NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars announced on Monday that Lawrence has signed his rookie deal. The contract is worth $36.8 million over four years with $24.1 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. It also includes the standard fifth-year rookie option.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared some of the specific language in the deal:

Lawrence’s contract is very similar to the one Joe Burrow signed with the Cincinnati Bengals last year. Burrow and Lawrence, of course, were the No. 1 overall picks in the last two NFL Drafts.

Burrow’s deal with the Bengals took a bit longer, as the two sides didn’t come to an agreement until late in July. Burrow’s father had a funny comment about the negotiations at the time.

Lawrence is the favorite to be named NFL Rookie of the Year this season, and he will certainly have every opportunity to live up to the hype under Urban Meyer.

Urban Meyer gives encouraging update on Trevor Lawrence’s progress

Trevor Lawrence

While Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars have been careful to manage expectations around Trevor Lawrence, the head coach let something slip about his rookie quarterback that should have fans excited.

Meyer said in an interview with USA TODAY’s Mackenzie Salmon that Lawrence isn’t ready to start in the NFL yet, but let slip that the quarterback is picking things up faster than expected during minicamp and OTAs.

“He’s not ready yet, but he doesn’t have to be ready yet,” Meyer said when asked about the chances of Lawrence starting in Week 1. “We’ve got a long training camp coming up. He’s probably advanced maybe a little quicker than we would have thought, which was a positive.

“We started installing the playbook with him well before the draft, so you can see the retention. He’s got really good work ethic and he’s progressed really well.”

Lawrence hasn’t been able to consistently practice during camp due to a nagging injury, but that hasn’t stopped him from studying the playbook and learning how to execute. It sounds like the No. 1 pick is exactly as advertised so far. That’s what the Jaguars would have been hoping for, and while Meyer won’t name him the starter yet, it would be a surprise to see anyone else out there in Week 1.

Trevor Lawrence frustrated by practice limitation due to hamstring issue

Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s minicamp is not getting off to the ideal start.

Lawrence has been limited so far with hamstring tightness, and he was held out of team drills Monday. Coach Urban Meyer said Lawrence could play in a game now if he had to, but the team is being conservative and expects to hold him out of Tuesday’s drills as well.

Lawrence said he feels good and that while he understands the Jaguars’ cautious approach, he’s frustrated that the issue has popped up again.

“It’s been about a week and trying to work it back to full capacity and yeah, it’s a little frustrating just not being able to go full speed, but I’m feeling good,” Lawrence said, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN. “I’m just trying to not have any more setbacks, so taking it slow. Got some good reps today. So start getting more and more each day this week and kind of work back into it.”

The issue makes it appear likely that Lawrence won’t get any full team workouts in until training camp starts in July. While not ideal, it probably won’t end up mattering all that much.

Lawrence may not be involved, but there is one Jaguars player who’s gaining plenty of attention so far during minicamp.

Trevor Lawrence compares playing under Dabo Swinney and Urban Meyer

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence is a member of a very unique club: he’s been coached by both Dabo Swinney and Urban Meyer, two of the most successful college coaches of the last decade.

Lawrence was drafted by Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars after playing for Swinney at Clemson. In a Q&A with Chris Rosvoglou of The Spun, Lawrence was asked about the big differences between Meyer and Swinney.

“I think their personalities are different,” Lawrence said. “Coach Swinney is a bit more goofy and loose, I guess. The structure in the way they do things is very similar though. Like I said, communication and the culture they want to establish is the same thing. They make it super clear, so there’s no excuse for someone to not know what the goal is here. Coach Swinney did that at Clemson and Coach Meyer does that in Jacksonville. I think any great leader needs to do that.”

It’s not exactly a shock that the two coaches have some similar methods. Both made their names in college, and Swinney is still there. Meyer is testing his methods at the NFL level. However, both built standout programs in college that have been able to at least compete with Nick Saban’s juggernaut at Alabama.

Some of Meyer’s calls are already being scrutinized at the NFL level. It remains to be seen if the experiment will work, but right now, Lawrence is totally on board.

Jaguars had trouble getting in touch with Trevor Lawrence on draft night

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence knew for months leading up to the NFL Draft that the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to take him with the first overall pick. Waiting until draft night to announce the pick was simply a formality for the team, and it was one that nearly backfired.

Lawrence was at home with his family the night of the draft waiting to officially celebrate the start of his NFL career. When the Jaguars were on the clock at No. 1, they tried to get Lawrence on the phone to deliver the news that the former Clemson star knew was coming. There was one big problem, however — the team’s calls weren’t getting through.

Eventually, Urban Meyer was able to reach Lawrence from his personal cell phone. You can see the comically tense situation unfold below:

The Jaguars could have announced their pick at any point, as there was no doubt there were picking Lawrence. Still, getting the call and celebrating with your family is all part of the draft experience. We’re glad Lawrence wasn’t robbed of that.

The phone call from the Jags was obviously the highlight of Lawrence’s night, but it got even better after that.

Trevor Lawrence reacts to Jaguars picking Clemson teammate Travis Etienne

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence already knew he was headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars long before Thursday night’s NFL Draft. What he didn’t know was that one of his Clemson teammates would be joining him.

The Jaguars also had the No. 25 pick in the first round, and they used it on running back Travis Etienne, Lawrence’s teammate at Clemson. On Friday, Lawrence didn’t hide his excitement, adding that the selection was a total surprise to him.

“Yeah, I was honestly not expecting it at all,” Lawrence said, via Garrett Stepien of 247Sports. “And then we had just been celebrating and hanging out and taking pictures and doing everything, so we weren’t even really watching the draft. And then we knew we were picking at 25, so started watching around 20. I had no idea who we were going to take. And then I got a text right before it went on TV, ‘We’re picking Travis.’ So I was like, ‘I didn’t even know we were going to take a running back.’ It was awesome. So like I said, it just makes it special. I got someone to come with me from Clemson and it’s just awesome.”

Lawrence and Etienne played together for three years at Clemson, winning a national championship together. Both were vital parts of the Tiger offense for virtually their entire time together. The Jaguars certainly knew they were getting two guys fully capable of working together.

Lawrence will definitely be the marquee name of the class. Etienne, who racked up 6,107 all-purpose yards in his college career, shouldn’t be overlooked, though.

Trevor Lawrence has already broken one NFL record

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence has been an NFL player for less than 24 hours, but the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback is already breaking records.

According to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, Lawrence broke the record for merchandise sales by a draft pick on the first night of the NFL Draft. Fanatics, which is a licensed merchandise and apparel partner for the NFL and Jaguars, says Lawrence doubled the sales of the previous record holder. The previous record didn’t last very long, as it was set by Joe Burrow after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him a year ago.

The sales numbers include merchandise, memorabilia and pre-sale orders for Lawrence jerseys. Justin Fields, who was drafted by the Chicago Bears, ranked second behind Lawrence.

While Lawrence’s record speaks to his potential, it also says plenty about the current strength of the NFL brand. It’s no coincidence that the last two No. 1 overall picks have set the record for merchandise sales on draft night. The fact that they are quarterbacks helps, but the records prove the NFL has never been more popular than it is right now.

Jaguars fans are desperate for a winning team, and they’re hoping Lawrence can give them one. They have already shown Lawrence how excited they are about him in another way, and the former Clemson star returned the favor in awesome fashion.