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Jaguars 2024 state of the roster: Quarterbacks

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By: Henry Zimmer

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are quarterbacked by Trevor Lawrence. Rejoice!

Welcome to the first edition of the State of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Roster.

This offseason, we will be taking a look and analyzing the state of each position group and discussing needs, additions and players among those groups. For the first post, let’s start with arguably the most set position on the team: quarterback.

Oh, what could have been last season. If Trevor Lawrence wasn’t tossed around different NFL fields last year, the Jags easily could have been raising another AFC South title banner. But it wasn’t meant to be. Because of that, the Jags added another former first-round quarterback to the roster to help supplement the position group.

While Mac Jones and his hometown reunion is nice, this is Lawrence’s team. And where Lawrence goes, so too do the Jags.

Trevor Lawrence

Contract: 4 years, $36,793,488 million. Fifth-year option picked up for 2025 season at $25.7 million. $11,707,019 cap hit for 2024. Contract extension talks ongoing.

Games played: 50 games played over three seasons. Starter, when healthy, since Week 1 of 2021.

Age: 24 (25 on Oct. 6)

Stats: 1,116 completions for 11,770 yards. 58 passing touchdowns, 39 interceptions. 11 rushing touchdowns, 13 fumbles. One Pro Bowl appearance (as an alternate).

Notes:

At the end of the day, it’s Trevor freaking Lawrence. While it may be fair to say that Lawrence has not immediately risen to the status many placed upon him coming into the league, it is clear that he is going to be in the league a long, long time. Soon, Lawrence will be the highest-paid player in the NFL when his new contract gets finalized. It may seem like a lot in the short term, but by 2028 or so, his contract will pale in comparison to the new ones signed around the league. Does Lawrence fumble too much? Sure. Does Lawrence also complete passes that most quarterbacks can’t? Yes. The Tennessee Titans even tweeted about it.

Lawrence is the guy. This one is easy.

Mac Jones

Contract: $2,785,412 cap hit for 2024. 2025 fifth-year option declined by team.

Games played: 42 games played over three seasons. Starter (mostly), when healthy, since Week 1 of 2021.

Age: 25 (26 on Sept. 5)

Stats: 864 completions, 8,918 yards. 46 passing touchdowns, 36 interceptions. One rushing touchdown, 11 fumbles. One Pro Bowl appearance.

Notes:

Admittedly, this signing seemed like the most doom-and-gloom signing of all time. Why did the Jags need a backup quarterback above anything else when free agency began? Well, if last year is any indication, having a quality backup cannot hurt. Most teams around the NFL last season played a backup quarterback, or even multiple. Having a solid offensive line is far harder to achieve than many think, and that takes a toll on a quarterback. That’s where Jones comes in, potentially. If the team needs a quarterback to play a game or two to help along a hypothetical Lawrence rehab, Jones is an above-average player to do so. There might have been a little hometown bias when signing Jones, but in his rookie year, he made the Pro Bowl and led the New England Patriots to the playoffs. He can clearly be a stopgap guy. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get the chance to griddy anytime soon.

C.J. Beathard

Contract: $2,420,000 cap hit for 2024, from two-year contract extension signed in 2023.

Games played: 13 games played for Jaguars, 19 games played for San Francisco 49ers. Career backup.

Age: 30 (31 on Nov. 16)

Stats: 340 completions, 3,886 yards. 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions. 4 rushing touchdowns, 3 fumbles.

Notes:

Remember when C.J. Beathard won a home game last year? I am sorry I had to remind you. Honestly, Beathard is a fine backup. More importantly, he is Lawrence’s close friend and a multi-year member of the Jags. This is his likely last year with the Jags or even in the NFL, but he has earned his place on the roster. Beathard stepped in beautifully against the Cincinnati Bengals and won the Jags’ final game of 2024 against the Carolina Panthers. There is nothing flashy about Beathard, but he too is a quality backup. Again, they can’t hurt to have.

Originally posted on Big Cat Country – All Posts