It’s common for NFL teams not to play their starters or key players during the preseason to protect them from injury. That’s especially true of the quarterback position, but that’s not what the Jacksonville Jaguars are doing with Trevor Lawrence.
Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars starters are set to get some playing time during the team’s preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins. The move to put your key players at risk of needless injury just before the start of the season is controversial, and Lawrence addressed that “fine line” of balancing injury concerns with preparing for the upcoming season.
“[Y]ou want to keep everybody healthy but then again, you want to get reps and you want to get in a rhythm,” Lawrence said. “Then, two drives in, that’s when you kind of start to get a rhythm and then you come out. So it’s like, what’s the best thing? It’s a fine line.
“I think our coaches have done a great job of handling that. It’ll be good to get a little bit more work this week and however much that ends up being, just go play well. I think that’s the biggest thing for us — let’s be clean, let’s execute, take advantage of all the possessions we get offensively, and just go through our plan to execute. I think that’s the main focus, you want to feel good about that. Especially the last one going into the regular season, let’s end on a good note and get ready for the season.”
It sounds like Lawerence is on board with the coaches’ decisions. We’ll have to see how it works out for the team.