Throughout the NFL preseason, it’s not all that common to see starters play significant reps as teams instead opt to protect them from injury and instead allow the other players to compete for roster spots. That’s especially true for quarterbacks. But it sounds like the Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a different approach with star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
This week, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson revealed that the team does indeed plan to play Trevor Lawrence during Saturday’s preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’m a big believer in the starters playing,” Pederson said according to Pro Football Talk. “I really feel like they need to feel that energy that comes with starting a football game. I did it last year with the guys and I anticipate right now him getting maybe a series or two this weekend.”
Pederson did make it clear that the majority of the snaps will be played by younger players or players fighting for roster spots as it’s important for development and evaluation. But it sounds like Pederson does want to get his starters in the game and give them a chance to experience some live reps before the start of the 2023 season.