In a shocker(sarcasm), Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer named Trevor Lawrence the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
Meyer started today’s press conference with the following:
“Trevor [Lawrence] ‘s going to be the starter in Week 1,” Meyer said. “He will start this week as well.”
Meyer waited the first few weeks of training camp and two preseason games to do the inevitable, which was name Lawrence the starter, and he explained why.
“We wanted him to earn it, as we do with every position,” Meyer said. We felt he has, after the last [game], nice performance. It was good, obviously not great, but we didn’t run the ball very well. I kind of, in my mind, had that as of after the second preseason [game] that we kind of have to get somebody ready to play in three weeks.”
The number one overall pick is excited to be the starter for Jacksonville.
“It was good, man; we talked about it in our QB room,” Lawrence said. “We have a great group, so I am really excited for the opportunity, but it doesn’t really change anything. We still have the same task in front of us — got to get a lot better individually, as a team, and an offense, so just looking forward to going to work this week. You know it brings some clarity which is nice going forward, but it really doesn’t change much. But, yes, I am really excited for the opportunity and grateful or it.”
According to Lawrence, he got plenty of support from Gardner Minshew and the other quarterbacks on the roster.
“We more so talked about it in our QB room, and really like I said, we have a great group,” Lawrence said. “You know Minsh [Gardner Minshew] has been awesome and treating me really well. We have had a lot of conversations, and he has been a guy that I have been able to learn from, and CJ [Beathard] and Jake [Luton] and all those guys. We are all in it together; we are all on the same team, and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing. It has been good — moving forward, we are not making it bigger than it is. I am going to be the starter and just have to play well, so that does not change.”
Obviously, this was always Lawrence’s job, and now if Jacksonville is fortunate, this will be Lawerence’s job for many years.