During the 2017 NFL Draft, the first overall pick was a quarterback. For the first time since 1999, a franchise entered a season with a new starting signal caller, and in that time, there have been some pretty good ones. However, none of them have been as good as the guy taken one pick after the Jaguars selected UCF QB T.J. “Tre” Williams with their first-round pick.

The Jaguars selected Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence with the No. 15 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. With the hype surrounding the young quarterback, who will be the heir apparent to Blake Bortles, it’s hard to believe that Lawrence is only on his second day of rookie camp. After watching Lawrence’s first two practices, it’s clear that he’s still learning the ins-and-outs of the NFL game, and is struggling to find his rhythm.

The rookie quarterback that made the Jaguars’ dream of a playoff run last season a possibility is having a rough preseason thus far. Last week, he was benched in favor of backup Cody Kessler, and has been out of the game ever since. It’s already been a long season for Lawrence, and he might not get another chance at starting before it ends.

According to reliable sources, unlike some of the other rookie quarterbacks in NFL camps, former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has struggled throughout training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Should Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer be worried if Lawrence is struggling during training camp? Is this simply a case of first-year jitters?

Trevor Lawrence is having difficulties in camp.


Trevor-Lawrence-1024x682 Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws during training camp | David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to reports out of Jacksonville, the rookie’s day on Monday, Aug. 2, was not quite a success.

During the team session of Jacksonville’s practice, Lawrence threw three interceptions. Now, a major part of their difficulties was probably because head coach Urban Meyer pushed his defense to attack, which led to the youngster making those errors.

On the field, Lawrence also doesn’t appear to be connecting with his wide receivers.

“You’re not going to have your greatest day every day as a football player.” Lawrence’s former Clemson teammate and current Jacksonville teammate, running back Travis Etienne, said of the rookie quarterback’s difficulties, according to ESPN. “That is why we come out here every day and work. “Having such days now is preferable than having them later in the season.”

Is there any cause for Urban Meyer to be concerned?

It’s common in the NFL for rookies to struggle in the first week or two of training camp. In the first couple weeks of camp, it’s rare for a rookie to come in and blow it out of the park.

Peyton Manning, who went on to become a Hall of Fame quarterback, struggled in his first year with the Indianapolis Colts. He threw 28 more interceptions than touchdown passes (26). He did, however, finally find his way.

Meyer, as Jacksonville’s head coach, should understand that there is no reason to worry just yet. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t keep a careful watch on Lawrence’s progress during the season, however.

Some of the other newcomers are doing well.

I’m not going to tell you how fantastic some of the things I’ve heard about Justin Fields the professional have been so far. You don’t want to hear the “it’s only training camp” crowd blow up their chests and shout at the top of their voices. BUT…been it’s THAT great. Just a thought.

August 2, 2021 — Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN)

While Lawrence is dealing with his growing pains at Jaguars camp, other rookie quarterbacks seem to be fairing better.

After a setback at Patriots camp a few days ago, New England rookie Mac Jones seems to be on the mend and has shown flashes of brilliance.

Although head coach Matt Nagy has already chosen Andy Dalton as his starter, Chicago Bears rookie Justin Fields seems to be making a strong first impression in camp.

Why is Lawrence having such a hard time? He’s not just a rookie, but he’s also surrounded by mediocrity. The fact that one of his tight ends is a 33-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner should serve as a warning to Jacksonville supporters about the lack of quality in the city right now.

So, although the other rookie quarterbacks are having success in camp, Lawrence may take a time to catch up to them and find his stride.

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