Urban Meyer says the competition at quarterback between Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew remains open

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Deliberate constipation could be the right strategy for Gardner Minshew.

The unofficial depth chart shows Minshew “or” Trevor Lawrence as the starting quarterback in Jacksonville. Coach Urban Meyer says that, indeed, the competition remains open.

Via Mike Dempsey of 1010XL in Jacksonville, Meyer was asked on Thursday whether the competition for the Week One job remains open. Meyer said, “Yes.

Meyer also said that both Lawrence and Minshew will play on Saturday against the Browns. Whoever plays with the starters presumably will have the edge. For now, Minshew’s name is listed first on the unofficial depth chart.

It’s possible that Meyer is trying to give Lawrence an in-house hurdle to overcome, a message to the locker room that nothing is handed to anyone. It’s also possible that the Jaguars are trying to prop up Minshew in the hopes of trading him.

Or maybe Minshew has simply earned it during training camp. Remember, he’s the guy who declared to Chris Long last month, “I haven’t taken a shit in weeks . . . because number two isn’t an option for me.”

24 responses to “Urban Meyer says the competition at quarterback between Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew remains open

  1. Urban Meyer would be THE WORST contestant on the game show “TO TELL THE TRUTH”

  2. How great would it be if Minshew and Tebow played opening day but Lawrence does not?

  3. Minshew is his own biggest fan. Remember last season when he called Fitzmagic ugly and bragged about his own facial hair then Miami destroyer Jax 31-13 and Minshew finished with no touchdowns and an interception? Number 2 is definitely an option and number 3 might not be far off.

  4. I don’t think a lot of people understand why coaches say: “It’s a open competition.”

    One, to make sure the actual starter remains motivated for all of the preseason.

    Two, if your starter blows out a knee in camp, you tell the fan base that all is not lost for the season. We have this other QB that nearly won the starting job. If you don’t think keeping the fan base confident in a successful season, then you don’t understand the NFL.

  5. This is the TRUTH! NO REALLY….OK, it is the truth for the preseason. Once the season begins Lawrence will either be starting or a whole lot of people will be looking for work.

  6. supercharger says:
    August 12, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Minshew is his own biggest fan. Remember last season when he called Fitzmagic ugly and bragged about his own facial hair then Miami destroyer Jax 31-13 and Minshew finished with no touchdowns and an interception? Number 2 is definitely an option and number 3 might not be far off.
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    Yet Gardner Minshew has a higher total completion percentage and QBR then Fitz.

  7. Minshew knows how this works. If he plays lights out this season, then he’s traded from Jacksonville and is off to a new team. If he stinks this year and Lawrence steps he, he’s released from Jacksonville and off to a new team. This is pretty much the standard operating procedure for every team that spends a high pick on a QB.

  8. Sure it is. Unless Lawrence is hurt, marching Minshew out on day on day 1 as the starting QB would have Kahn running from his suite to the sidelines to fire Urban on the spot.

  9. NFLGuru says:
    August 12, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Minshew has no market. Too many QBs out there and not enough for a 3rd tier starting QB.

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    A viable QB always has a market. Only question is whether it will be the one they like, but it will be there. Guys who go along with the market, like Bridgewater, stay around for years and often get second or third chances to start. Guys who don’t go along with the market, like a certain QB who has often been written about here in the past, don’t.

  10. Why are fanbases so against open competitions? Every time a coach states that a high rookie draft pick QB is having to compete for the starter spot the fans go on conspiracy theory mode swearing up and down the top pick has it but the coach is playing mind games that make ZERO SENSE TO DO IN THE PRE-SEASON where not one coach cares what the final score of games are and the rosters aren’t set.

    None of the top QB’s in the AFC right now were day one starters (Mahomes, Jackson, Allen and Mayfield) and it was the same thing with those guys. Fans preached the never proven belief that the coach was just trying to play mind games and not the reality that the coaches put in the best QB because the rookie just wasn’t ready yet and throwing them in the deep in head first wasn’t a good idea at the time.

  11. Urban is turning things around.They’ll be taking the tarps off the unsold seats and opening the pee pool.

  12. Minshew actually showed something last year. But they are selling Lawrence jerseys, so to the bench he will go. Even if Minshew started the season 6-0, they’d find ways to credit the great start to Lawrence. Cincinnati had no qualms letting go their potential HOF QB for a rookie. Lawrence will be fed to the fire as he’s Meyer’s baby.

  13. Christopher Allan says:

    August 12, 2021 at 11:02 am

    supercharger says:
    August 12, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Minshew is his own biggest fan. Remember last season when he called Fitzmagic ugly and bragged about his own facial hair then Miami destroyer Jax 31-13 and Minshew finished with no touchdowns and an interception? Number 2 is definitely an option and number 3 might not be far off.
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    Yet Gardner Minshew has a higher total completion percentage and QBR then Fitz.

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    Only because you used Fitzpatrick career stats rather than comparing the last 2 seasons since those are the only 2 seasons Minshew has played and in both seasons Gitzpatrick had a better completion percentage and qbr. What Fitz did 15 years ago makes no difference when comparing what Fitz and Minshew are doing currently and recently.

  14. Niners should have traded a mid-rounder for Minshew and saved that boatload of picks they spent on a kid who played one season of D-II ball.

  15. Trevor Lawrence might be the top QB prospect ever, and perhaps a future first ballot HOFer. I’m thinking he’s going to be one of the best ever. But right now, August 12th, Gardner Minshew is probably a better pro QB. A lot of first ballot HOF QB’s struggled early in their careers, especially the ones who were the overall #1 pick and went to the worst team in the league. I don’t know about regular season week 1, but right now I’m pretty sure Minshew is better suited to start.

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