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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.

Gardner Minshew traded from Jaguars to Eagles

Gardner Minshew

After losing out on the team’s starting quarterback job, Gardner Minshew is on his way out of Jacksonville.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars have traded Minshew to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick.

Minshew’s situation doesn’t change that much, as he’ll essentially be backing up a young quarterback in Philadelphia as well. Jalen Hurts has been impressive during camp, so Minshew will be a backup and insurance policy for the Eagles along with Joe Flacco.

Minshew, who made famously clear that he wants to be an NFL starter again, has put together a respectable career when given the chance to play. In two seasons with the Jaguars, he threw 37 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions in 23 total games.

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.

Travis Etienne likely out for season with foot injury

Travis Etienne

Travis Etienne was expected to play a significant role for the Jacksonville Jaguars in his rookie season this year, but he will now have to wait until 2022 to make an impact in the NFL.

Etienne left Monday night’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints with a foot injury. He underwent tests on Tuesday, and an MRI revealed that he suffered a significant tear. He is expected to miss the entire 2021 season, according to multiple reports.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was told the injury will require a 12-week recovery period at minimum. If all goes well, there is an outside chance Etienne could return later in the year.

The Jaguars used the 25th overall pick in the draft on Etienne after selecting his former Clemson teammate, Trevor Lawrence, first overall.

With Etienne out, James Robinson will likely be in line for more carries. The former undrafted free agent rushed for 1,070 yards and seven touchdowns last season and averaged an impressive 4.5 yards per carry. He also caught 49 passes for 344 yards and three scores.

ESPN analyst has ridiculous comment on Jaguars

Dan Orlovsky

Many TV personalities are in a race to scream the loudest and express the hottest of takes. That’s how you end up with analysts on ESPN already calling for peoples’ jobs after two preseason games.

Dan Orlovsky, a former quarterback who is now an analyst with ESPN, thinks Urban Meyer should be prepared to fire his offensive coordinator after fewer than two preseason games.

Check out what Orlovsky tweeted during the “Monday Night Football” game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints.

You got that? Not even after the game was completed, Orlovsky was saying Meyer needs to think about firing offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. It’s week 2 of the preseason. That’s just crazy.

The Jags did not look good. Their quarterbacks weren’t delivering behind a leaky offensive line. But let’s not forget something Orlovsky seems to be forgetting: IT’S THE PRESEASON! Yes, these games are meaningless. You can’t call for a coordinator’s job based on their preseason game plans. Meyer openly grumbled about having to hold back in the preseason.

Remember that the 2008 Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the preseason. Then they went 0-16 in the regular season. It was in the preseason that Ryan Leaf outplayed Peyton Manning.

You just don’t make decisive judgments like that based on the preseason.

Now, if the Jags look terrible through two months and their offense stinks, you can say those things about Bevell. but you have to at least see what they look like in the regular season first. It’s just an unfair criticism and foolish to call for someone’s job when part of the job is to not show their best stuff.

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.

Tim Tebow sends emotional message after being cut by Jaguars

Tim Tebow

The Tim Tebow experiment in Jacksonville has officially come to an end.

Tebow shared an emotional message on Twitter on Tuesday morning thanking the Jaguars for giving him an opportunity. He wrote that he is “grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.” While he did not specifically say the Jaguars have released him, multiple reporters confirmed that they have.

There were very few people who believed Tebow, who is 33, would be capable of playing tight end in the NFL. He probably would not have gotten a chance if not for his close relationship with Urban Meyer, but there’s no way the Jaguars coach could have kept him on the roster.

Tebow saw his first live NFL game action as a tight end in Jacksonville’s preseason game last week, and it did not go well. There were multiple plays where he looked totally lost trying to block defenders (video here).

With his football and baseball careers seemingly over, Tebow will likely move back to a television analyst role.

Urban Meyer has unusual complaint with NFL preseason

Urban Meyer

NFL teams rarely show their full hand in preseason. The starters play very limited snaps, and teams typically don’t go as deep into their playbook as they would during a meaningful game. It all makes sense, but Urban Meyer seems to hate it.

The Jacksonville Jaguars head coach vented about preseason limitations Monday, stating that his assistants have kept him from showing more of the offense during games. Meyer also promised a more up-tempo style once the regular season starts.

It’s kind of odd that Meyer would have to be frequently reminded of a pretty standard procedure. However, the college game has no preseason, and this is just part of the adaptation process he’s dealing with.

The Jaguars may not want to rush into speeding up their offense. After all, Meyer has some other issues to deal with that he may want to address first.

Jaguars and Steelers have different stories about Joe Schobert trade

Jaguars logo

The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised many observers by trading linebacker Joe Schobert to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, and the details of how it happened are a bit different depending on who you talk to.

On Sunday, Schobert admitted that from his perspective, the trade “came out of the blue.” The 27-year-old, who signed as a free agent with Jacksonville a year ago, added that he spoke to some of his defensive coaches who were also “shocked” by the trade.

Schobert said Jaguars GM Trent Baalke had told him that the Steelers had called 12 hours before the trade and were “persistent” in their desire to land the linebacker.

“I wouldn’t put you in it if it wasn’t a good situation for you and your family, coming up to Pittsburgh, good team,'” Schobert said Baalke told him, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “That’s what I was told.”

Comments made by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, however, suggest things happened differently.

“It presented itself to us, but it didn’t take us long to consider it because we’re highly familiar with his skill set and productivity,” Tomlin said.

If the trade presented itself to the Steelers, then the Jaguars were likely shopping Schobert around the league. It doesn’t really match with the notion that the Steelers were aggressively trying to get Schobert and spent a day wearing the Jaguars down. Considering the price to get Schobert was only a sixth-round pick, it also suggests the Jaguars didn’t put a high premium on getting top-level value for the linebacker.

Baalke hasn’t always been popular with his players. It probably doesn’t matter all that much that these stories slightly differ, but it’s a bit weird that the Jaguars might be that anxious to get rid of Schobert considering his age and productivity.

Jaguars shopping former top-ten pick CJ Henderson?

CJ Henderson

The Jacksonville Jaguars may be surprisingly willing to trade a player they invested a lot of draft capital in little more than a year ago.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, multiple teams believe the Jaguars are willing to trade cornerback C.J. Henderson, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Henderson and the team do not appear to have any issues with each other, but the Jaguars are content with their other cornerbacks and may be willing to move him.

It’s not often that a team appears willing to trade a top-ten pick after just one year, especially when there don’t appear to be any issues at play. Henderson was unable to make a huge impact as a rookie after suffering an injury eight games into the year which required offseason surgery. Jacksonville also drafted cornerback Tyson Campbell 33rd overall, and brought back both Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon from last year.

Regardless of how justified it is, it’s not a great look to trade a former high draft pick so quickly, even if it was a previous regime that made the selection. Maybe it fits with Urban Meyer’s win-now mentality, and they’re not interested in waiting to develop Henderson.