Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the first-overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, began May as the betting favorite to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and remains atop the list of candidates offered by BetOnline.ag for the award as of the start of the second half of June. Every observer expects Lawrence will be Jacksonville's QB1 barring an unexpected occurrence or a catastrophe between the end of spring and Week 1 of the upcoming regular season.
Per Michael DiRocco of ESPN, though, Jaguars passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer wasn't giving anything away about the club's plans for the starting gig when speaking with reporters Wednesday.
Jaguars pass game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said team hasn't named starting QB yet. "It's still to early to say how this thing's going to play out."— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) June 16, 2021
Even though Lawrence has recently dealt with some hamstring tightness, Schottenheimer's comments on the club's quarterback situation at this moment offer no real insight into how coaches are evaluating the first-year pro, nor do such words do any harm at this stage of the process.
Neither Gardner Minshew nor C.J. Beathard is leapfrogging a healthy and available Lawrence on the depth chart anytime soon, but all should credit Schottenheimer for giving football fans something fun to discuss, if only briefly, during what is often a quiet portion of the football year.