Trevor Lawrence is preparing to be the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, unless Gardner Minshew has something to say about it. Minshew has the longest of odds to start Week 1 over the No. 1 overall pick, but he won't go down without a fight.
The former starting quarterback of the Jaguars told Chris Long on the Green Light podcast how he's preparing to battle Lawrence once camp begins this week. Needless to say, he says he's giving up something vital for the human body.
"In preparation for the competition, I haven't taken a s--- in weeks," Minshew said as Long laughed, per Jamal St. Cyr of WJXT. "That's not an option for me. No. 2 is not an option."
Unless Lawrence suffers an injury in preseason, Minshew won't be the No.1 quarterback in Jacksonville -- no matter how much he tries. There was a reason the Jaguars ended up with the No. 1 overall pick after all. Part of that was due to Minshew's play.
Minshew completed 66.1% of his passes last season for 2,259 yards with 16 touchdowns to five interceptions, finishing with a quarterback rating of 95.9. He has started 20 games for the Jaguars over his two NFL seasons, completing 62.9% of his passes with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions (93.1 rating). Minshew is 25th in the league in completion percentage, 20th in touchdowns, and and fourth in interception percentage (1.38) since entering the league in 2019. His 93.1 passer rating is the 12th highest for a quarterback after their first two seasons (minimum 500 attempts).
Even if Minshew ends up being No. 2, the Jaguars would have a good backup quarterback in case anything happens to Lawrence. Perhaps Minshew's competitive nature is part of the culture Jaguars coach Urban Meyer wants to embrace.