Trevor Lawrence expected to be limited during 3-day rookie minicamp

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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After his arrival in Jacksonville, Florida Friday morning, April 30, 2021, Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick Trevor Lawrence along with team owner Shad Khan, head coach Urban Meyer and the Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke held a press conference in the afternoon inside TIAA Bank Field. They were also joined by the Jaguars 25th pick in the first round of the draft and former Clemson teammate of Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer will get his first glimpse of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and their eight other draft picks on the team's practice fields Friday.

The three-day minicamp, which ends on Sunday, will be Lawrence's first on-field work with the team since he was drafted No. 1 overall on April 29.

However,  Lawrence will be limited during the workouts because he has not yet fully recovered from undergoing surgery in February from a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

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Although he has been cleared to throw since last month and Lawrence said he is ahead of his rehab schedule, the Jaguars don't want to push him too quickly until he has fully recovered.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Meyer plans to restrict Lawrence's reps during the rookie minicamp.

Those restrictions are likely to remain throughout the team's organized team activity workouts begin on  May 24 and mandatory minicamp June 15-17 before they are lifted.

If Lawrence experiences no setbacks, he is expected to be a full go when training camp opens in mid-July.

“Health-wise, I’m feeling really good,'' Lawrence said the day after he was drafted during his introductory news conference. ''I don’t know what percentage I’d be, I don’t even know how to gauge that, but I’m on track. I’m actually a little ahead of schedule, so I’m expecting to be back whenever we get started. [I’m] really ready for that, like I said, to be a part of a team again.''

Lawrence is not expected to be the only draft pick that will be limited throughout the three-day minicamp. Jaguars third-round pick safety Andre Cisco continues to rehab from ACL surgery he underwent last year, limiting him to play only two games for Syracuse.

 ''I’m working at 85 percent right now, so working through that,'' Cisco said. ''Little tweaks here and there, so I would say that I’m still working through this journey. I’m not there yet, but I'm looking forward to starting training camp out and being 100 percent cleared.”

The Jaguars 2021 draft class includes former Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who was selected 25th overall in the first round; second pick cornerback Tyson Campbell, second round offensive tackle Walker Little, fourth round defensive tackle Jay Tufele, fourth round defensive end Jordan Smith, fifth-round tight end Luke Farrell and sixth-round wide receiver Jalen Camp.   

Little, 6-foot-7, 313 pounds, opted out from playing last season for the Cardinal because of COVID-19 precautions. In 2019, he missed all but the first game of the 2019 season because of a left knee injury.

Little is expected to be a full participant on Friday.

''I mean I’m one hundred percent. I’m as strong as in shape as I’ve ever been,'' Little said.'''This last year and a half has been a lot of training, it’s been a lot of football studying just trying to learn the game a lot better, trying to get stronger and just working on a lot of technique work.''

Tufele also will working to get back into football conditioning after opting out from playing at USC because of COVID-19 concerns. Tufele could emerge as a vital rotational player if he emerges quickly throughout the offseason program and into training camp.

The Jaguars' six undrafted rookies - Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses, Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Corey Straughter, Charleston defensive tackle Kenny Randall, Southern Mississippi wide receiver Tim Jones, Illinois wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe and Georgia cornerback DJ Daniel - will participate in the three minicamp.

Moses, however, is expected to be a limited participant because he continues to recover fully from a torn ACL. Last season for the Crimson Tide, Moses played despite not being fully recovered from surgery.  

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