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NFL: Urban Meyer says Jags’ QB competition still open

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Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer claims No. 1 draft pick Trevor Lawrence and Gardner Minshew are still competing to start in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

A reporter asked Meyer at training camp Thursday whether there was still a chance Lawrence wouldn’t be under center for the season opener.

“Is there really a chance? Uh, I think we’ll answer that as it gets closer,” answered Meyer, who then responded affirmatively to a follow-up question about whether it is still an open competition for that honor.

The Jaguars open their preseason schedule at home Saturday against the Cleveland Browns. The regular season opener against the Texans is one month away on Sept. 12 in Houston.

Lawrence and Minshew have been splitting the first-team reps in camp.

Lawrence, 21, was the top selection in the 2021 draft after completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 10,098 yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson.

Minshew, 25, is 7-13 as the Jaguars’ starter over the past two seasons, completing 62.9 percent of his throws for 5,530 yards with 37 TDs and 11 picks during that span.

In other Jaguars camp news, Tim Tebow’s shot at sticking with the team as a tight end could be slim.

Tebow, the former quarterback turned baseball player turned tight end, shares fourth place on the team’s unofficial depth chart with Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson.

Davis was a sixth-round draft pick in 2020, and Ellefson was signed to the practice squad last year and appeared in seven games, making one catch for 10 yards.

Veteran Chris Manhertz is listed as the No. 1 tight end ahead of returning starter James O’Shaughnessy and rookie Luke Farrell, who played for Meyer at Ohio State.

Tebow, who won two national championships while playing for Meyer at Florida, was a first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2010 but lasted just three seasons in the NFL the first time around. He turns 34 on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

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