Jacksonville drafted Trevor Lawrence to the be the team’s next franchise quarterback, which most assumed meant starting from day one.
The Jaguars have a loaded quarterback room that includes C.J. Beathard and last seasons starter Gardner Minshew and when asked about the latter being the backup to Lawrence, Jacksonville passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer revealed quite the shocker.
“Well, again, I don’t agree 100%,” he said of the notion that Minshew would serve as the No. 2, via NFL.com.
Schottenheimer went onto say that, in fact, Lawrence isn’t even locked into the starting job as of yet.
“We certainly haven’t named a starter,” Schottenheimer said. “Our objective from Day 1 was to build the best quarterback room that we could. We knew what we had in Gardner. C.J. was a guy that we really looked at on field, and we saw him make a lot of the plays and have some of the athleticism that we really, really like from our quarterbacks. Jake Luton was highly (thought) of last year, I know we really liked him in Seattle when he came out. And then of course you get a chance to add a Trevor Lawrence to the mix, you’re going to do that. But we’re not in a position where we’re saying hey, ‘(No.) 1, 2, 3, 4.’”
According to Schottenheimer, the Jaguars have an open competition going at the quarterback position, including for the spot atop the depth chart.
“We want this thing to be really competitive. Ultimately, when we name a starter, we’ll name a starter. And (head coach) Urban (Meyer) will do that when he’s ready,” he said. “I’m thrilled with where we are right now as a quarterback room. It’s still too early to say how this thing’s going to play out.”
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