Trevor Lawrence is confident the timeline for his recovery from surgery on a torn labrum will allow him to be back in time for his first NFL training camp.

Lawrence had a pro day at Clemson on Friday in which he threw for NFL teams ahead of April's draft, in which he is considered a lock to go number one to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He put himself through that workout, attended by Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, despite a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

Lawrence is now set to have surgery to correct that issue, but the prospect who is viewed by many as the best quarterback to come out of college since Andrew Luck in 2012 appears to have no concerns about being ready for training camp in July.

"Obviously, I've got to still continue talking to the doctors and see how the rehab goes, but I think I can throw in six-to-eight weeks after the surgery," he told ESPN. 

"And then looking at a four-to-five-month full clearance. But obviously, I'll be able to do stuff before then.

"But I'm just glad it's my non-throwing shoulder, so shouldn't be too bad. Just got to rehab really hard and work hard to get back.

"But I'm just excited to get that fixed and start that road to getting healthy."

Asked for his thoughts on his pro day, Lawrence replied: "I was pretty pleased with it.

"Obviously, like anything, you have some throws that you wish you could go back and hit a little bit better. But as a whole, I think it was a good day."

Urban Meyer's coaching career looked to be over when he bid farewell to Ohio State following victory on arguably college football's grandest stage, the Rose Bowl, on New Year's Day in 2019.

It appeared to be the perfect send-off for one of the most successful and influential coaches in the college game.

Yet despite health concerns that forced his apparent retirement, Meyer clearly still had a thirst for a new challenge during his brief stint as a TV analyst.

That has been quenched with a step up to the professional ranks nobody had seen coming, Meyer on Wednesday appointed the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It is a splash move from the Jaguars that comes with a clear risk, with Meyer never having coached in the NFL during his storied career.

His first job at the highest level will likely see him get the chance to coach Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson quarterback considered a lock for the number one overall pick, who is widely regarded as the best prospect at the sport's most important position since Andrew Luck.

But will Meyer be able to get the best out of Lawrence and overcome his lack of NFL experience to succeed in turning the Jaguars around? There's a lot of evidence to suggest his achievements in college should translate to the pros.

A natural winner

Though all Meyer's experience has come in college, the first obvious sign for Jaguars fans is his track record of success.

In 17 seasons in the college ranks, Meyer never had a losing season.

His career record of 187-32 puts him third all-time in winning percentage (.854), with only Knute Rockne (.881) and Frank Leahy (.864) ahead of him.

Meyer's two-season stint at Utah ended with the Utes ranked as a top-five team, while he won two National Championships at Florida.

A third national title came during his time with Ohio State, the Buckeyes consistently excelling under Meyer on the back of some excellent recruiting.

Constructing success

The Jaguars have a nice collection of talent at receiver and some intriguing young pieces on defense but, after a 1-15 season, the Jacksonville job is one that will largely require building from the ground up.

Thankfully in Meyer, they have hired a renowned program builder, whose talent for having his colleges near the top of the high school recruiting rankings was crucial to his consistency at that level.

Indeed, only once in his tenure at Ohio State did the Buckeyes fail to have a recruiting class in the top five in the country.

The challenge of luring free agents and drafting players is a very different one and the Jaguars still need to hire a general manager who will likely oversee most of those duties.

But Meyer will unquestionably have some influence on those proceedings and, having regularly lured the best high school athletes to Columbus, there is reason to believe those skills will translate and he will prosper at evaluating draft prospects and convincing free agents to join the Jags.

Tailor-made for Lawrence?

Before last season's College Football Playoff, Meyer labelled Lawrence the best college quarterback ever.

The expectation is he will now get to work with Lawrence, but will he get the best out of the Clemson phenom?

Judging Meyer by what he did in the college ranks, the indication is he will.

Meyer had a top-five offense at least once in each of his stops at Bowling Green State, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

At Utah, his option-based attack had the Utes ranked third in total offense in 2004, and helped Alex Smith blossom into a prospect picked first overall in the 2005 draft.

His two National Championships at Florida saw him turn Chris Leak, who never played an NFL snap, into MVP of the 2007 title game before he then built the offense around the athletic abilities of Tim Tebow, whose deficiencies as a signal-caller were exposed at the highest level.

Meyer's lone National Championship triumph at Ohio State came with Cardale Jones replacing an injured J.T. Barrett at quarterback for the final three games. Both Barrett and Jones failed to make the grade in the NFL.

The Buckeyes were eighth in total offense in 2018, Meyer's final year, with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback. Haskins was picked in the first round but was cut by the Washington Football Team this season.

In other words, Meyer has consistently gotten excellent production out of quarterbacks nowhere close to Lawrence's level.

It will be a very different challenge in the NFL, where the speed of the game and the standard of defense is significantly higher and there is much greater parity than in the college ranks.

Yet Meyer's acumen as a talent developer is illustrated by the fact Ohio State had multiple players taken as first-round picks in all but one draft from 2014 to 2019. They had three in 2020 after successor Ryan Day's first season as coach.

Meyer has proven himself an outstanding coach who can attract players to his teams, get the best out of his players and tailor systems around the strengths of his quarterbacks.

There are few areas that are not considered strengths for Lawrence. There may be growing pains for both Meyer and Lawrence, however, the combination of their respective talents should win out as they adapt to the increased level of competition. Meyer is a risk, but he has what it takes to turn the Jags into a force in the AFC.

Urban Meyer has landed his first NFL head coach role with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, was confirmed as the successor to Doug Marrone on Thursday.

Marrone was fired this month by Jaguars owner Shad Khan after overseeing the franchise's worst ever season, which they finished with a 1-15 record.

Meyer has been charged with the task of restoring some pride following that dismal campaign.

The 56-year-old has coached Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State at college level.

He masterminded two national title triumphs, in the 2006 and 2008 seasons, and was also a champion with Ohio State in the 2014 campaign.

Meyer boasts a college coaching record of 187-32 and now has the opportunity to take charge of Jacksonville.

Marrone left the Jaguars after four full seasons as head coach, but an inability to find consistent quarterback play and the gradual disintegration of a talented defense led to a steep decline.

They won their first game of the 2020 season but then lost the following 15 to finish with the worst record in the NFL and with the top pick in the 2021 draft, which the Jags are almost certain to use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Trevor Lawrence is confident that the best is yet to come in his career after he made the long-anticipated decision to declare for the NFL Draft.

The presumptive first overall pick in the 2021 draft announced his declaration on Wednesday following a second-place finish in the Heisman Trophy voting on Tuesday.

Lawrence played three seasons at Clemson, having been touted as one of the next great NFL quarterbacks since high school, and justified his billing.

He won the National Championship in his freshman year, inspiring a 44-16 rout of Alabama, and led Clemson to the title game last season, only to lose to Joe Burrow's LSU.

Clemson fell short of a return to the same stage this campaign, beaten 49-28 by Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Lawrence's final game for the Tigers.

Lawrence now looks poised to become a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the first overall pick after a 1-15 season in 2020.

Reflecting on his time at Clemson, Lawrence said in a video on Twitter: "I hope my legacy at Clemson is that I was a great team-mate and a great person overall. More than football, more than how I played each game, just how I treated people.

"I want that to be the main thing that I'm known for. Over the last three years that's the thing I've kept as a priority. Just treating people well and being a good person. I hope that's my legacy when I leave here.

"I've learned a lot from coach [Dabo] Sweeney and from all my coaches. Everyone has been so good to me and treated me like family since I've gotten here. That faith aspect has been the most important thing in my life.

"To all my team-mates over the past three years, it's been the most fun ride I've been on. I'll look back on these three years and have the best memories. Winning a National Championship, winning a lot of games and more all the little moments, being in the locker room, being in practice, spending every day together and just having those memories - us laughing and cutting up and just enjoying life together. Those are things I'll remember forever.

"When I look at my life as whole so far, this journey of 21 years, the most formative years have been my time here at Clemson. It's taught me how to be a better man, no doubt and that's the biggest takeaway.

"Obviously it's made me a better football player but that's kinda secondary to what it's taught me about life. I really feel like I'm a man now and I'm ready to take on those challenges, super excited for life ahead. The best is always yet to come. But I'm grateful for Clemson and I'm going to miss it.

"I want to say thank you to everyone that's supported Clemson, all my Clemson family, whether that's fans, my team-mates, my coaches and my immediate family. I'm so thankful for you guys, I wouldn't be who I am if it wasn't for y'all. There's so many people who have helped raise me up. I can't wait to see what God has next for us.

"My time here has been amazing and I'll be a Clemson Tiger forever."

Trevor Lawrence has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft, setting the stage for one of the most exciting quarterback prospects of the modern era to be drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Clemson superstar Lawrence is the overwhelming favourite to be selected with the first overall pick, having been earmarked as one of the sport's next great quarterbacks since his high school days.

Following Clemson's defeat in the College Football Playoff semifinal to Ohio State on New Year's Day and a second-placed finish in the Heisman Trophy voting on Tuesday, Lawrence announced his intention to head to the NFL in a video on Twitter.

Lawrence leaves Clemson firmly in the discussion as one the greatest quarterbacks in college football history. 

In three seasons, the 21-year-old threw for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns. He was intercepted 17 times.

A dual-threat at the position, Lawrence rushed for a further 943 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Lawrence guided Clemson to a National Championship in his freshman season, the Tigers crushing the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the title game at the end of the 2018 campaign.

He fell short last season as Clemson suffered defeat to LSU and their quarterback Joe Burrow - selected first overall in the 2020 draft - in last year's National Championship.

Lawrence and Clemson were denied a return to that stage this season by Ohio State and Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields, in contention to be the second overall pick, who claimed an emphatic 49-28 victory in New Orleans.

The Heisman eluded Lawrence during his collegiate career, but he will now focus on both individual and team success at the highest level, likely with a Jaguars franchise that went 1-15 in 2020, with Jacksonville now searching for a new head coach and general manager in an effort to turn fortunes around.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired head coach Doug Marrone after four seasons in the role.

Including two games as interim coach at the end of the 2016 season, Marrone went 23-43 in his time with the Jaguars.

His first full season in charge saw him lead the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and the AFC Championship game, where they lost narrowly to the New England Patriots.

However, the Jags never replicated their 2017 performance, with an inability to find consistent quarterback play and the gradual disintegration of a talented defense leading to a steep decline.

They won their first game of the 2020 season but then lost the following 15 to finish with the worst record in the NFL and the top pick in the 2021 draft, which the Jags are almost certain to use on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement: "I am committed and determined to deliver winning football to the City of Jacksonville.

"Realising that goal requires a fresh start throughout our football operations, and with that in mind I spoke this morning with Doug Marrone to express my gratitude for his hard work over the past four seasons as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I'll always appreciate Doug's passion, grit and class, and I'm confident he will enjoy success in the next chapter of his career.

"As the search for our new general manager continues, now the quest begins to find a head coach who shares my ambition for the Jacksonville Jaguars and our fans, whose loyalty and faith are overdue to be rewarded."

For all the Jaguars' struggles in 2020, their head coach vacancy is likely to be a very attractive one.

The prospect of working with Lawrence, widely regarded as the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck, is an extremely enticing factor on its own.

There is also intriguing young talent on both sides of the ball for the Jags, who have 11 picks in the 2021 draft and are projected to have around $81million in salary cap space with which to work.

Believed to be among their top candidates is Urban Meyer, a three-time winner of the National Championship in college football, with two of those titles coming with the Florida Gators. His tenure at Ohio State came to an end after the 2018 season due to health concerns.

The Green Bay Packers secured the NFC's top seed on Sunday, while Derrick Henry led the Tennessee Titans to the AFC South title.

Aaron Rodgers again powered the Packers, throwing four touchdown passes in a win over the Chicago Bears.

Despite their loss, the Bears clinched a playoff spot, as did the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams.

Meanwhile, Henry made history as the Titans won the AFC South, while the Washington Football Team claimed the NFC East.

 

RODGERS DOMINATES AGAIN AS PACKERS CLINCH TOP SEED

Rodgers completed 19 of 24 passes for 240 yards and four TDs in the Packers' 35-16 victory over the Bears.

The Packers quarterback connected for TDs with Robert Tonyan, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Dominique Dafney and Davante Adams.

Rodgers finished the regular season with 48 TD passes. Alongside Peyton Manning, they are the only players in NFL history with 45-plus TD passes in multiple seasons, according to NFL Research. They won the NFL MVP in each of the previous three instances.

While Green Bay finished with a 13-3 record, the 8-8 Bears also reached the playoffs.

 

HISTORY FOR HENRY AS TITANS WIN AFC SOUTH

The Titans claimed the AFC South for the first time since 2008 after a thrilling 41-38 win over the Houston Texans.

Henry became the eighth player in history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single season.

He had 250 rushing yards and two TDs against the Texans. Of the eight players to achieve the feat, Henry was the only one who needed 200-plus yards in his last game to get there, according to Stats Perform.

A.J. Brown had 151 receiving yards, but the Titans needed Sam Sloman's 37-yard field goal as time expired to edge the Texans.

The Titans became the first team in NFL history to have a 250-yard rusher and 150-yard receiver in the same game.

 

WASHINGTON WIN NFC EAST AS COLTS, RAMS REACH PLAYOFFS

The Washington Football Team claimed the NFC East thanks to a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions as Washington (7-9) claimed the division.

The Colts (11-5) reached the playoffs thanks to a 28-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Los Angeles Rams (10-6) are also into the postseason after beating the Arizona Cardinals 18-7.

 

Week 17 scores:

Minnesota Vikings 37-35 Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 44-27 Atlanta Falcons
New England Patriots 28-14 New York Jets
Buffalo Bills 56-26 Miami Dolphins
Cleveland Browns 24-22 Pittsburgh Steelers
New York Giants 23-19 Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens 38-3 Cincinnati Bengals
Indianapolis Colts 28-14 Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans 41-38 Houston Texans
Los Angeles Rams 18-7 Arizona Cardinals
New Orleans Saints 33-7 Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers 35-16 Chicago Bears
Los Angeles Chargers 38-21 Kansas City Chiefs
Seattle Seahawks 26-23 San Francisco 49ers
Las Vegas Raiders 32-31 Denver Broncos
Washington Football Team 20-14 Philadelphia Eagles

Trevor Lawrence insisted he was "finishing with no regrets" after Clemson lost in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Clemson quarterback Lawrence is now expected to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he will be the presumptive number one overall pick.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are in possession of the first selection and are almost certain to use it on Lawrence, who has been labelled the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

Some analysts have gone further back to compare his draft stock with John Elway, who was picked first by the Denver Broncos in 1983.

There was no glorious conclusion to Lawrence's college career, though, as Clemson went down to a surprise 49-28 loss to Ohio State in New Orleans.

Lawrence was 33-of-48 as he threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns but also committed two turnovers.

He was also restricted as a rushing threat, held to minus eight yards on the ground a year after going for a career-best 107 yards in the playoff victory over Ohio State at the same stage.

"Ohio State played one heck of a game, I have got to give it to them - they kicked our butts," said Lawrence.

"I'm just finishing with no regrets. Obviously [the game] didn't go well, but I know that the way I prepared, the way this team prepared and then just this whole year, the way we have carried ourselves, I'm proud of it. 

"I don't have any regrets. There is not much I would go back and change."

Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Lawrence had 34 wins for Clemson in 36 starts, winning a National Championship as a freshman as well as three ACC titles.

His only other loss was to Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in last year's National Championship game.

Lawrence would not give immediate confirmation he would declare for the draft, saying he would digest the loss and spend time with family before revealing his plans.

But he added: "I'm sure there will be some information that will come out here soon."

The Green Bay Packers will hope to seal the top seed in the NFC when they face rivals the Chicago Bears, but the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks will be ready to pounce on any slip-up.

A tie on Sunday would be enough for the Packers to secure a first-round bye in the postseason, though they would also receive it regardless of their own result if the Seahawks fail to beat the San Francisco 49ers.

If the Seahawks are to head straight into the Divisional Round, they need to beat the 49ers and hope the Packers lose and the Saints fail to win against the Carolina Panthers.

New Orleans, meanwhile, need a victory over the Panthers to coincide with the Packers losing to the Bears and Seattle beating San Francisco.

Division titles are up for grabs in the AFC South and NFC East, with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Football Team looking to hold on and top their sections, while the Cleveland Browns will be aiming to reach the postseason for the first time since 2002 when they face a Pittsburgh Steelers side without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

 

FEATURED GAME

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – Sunday, 4.25pm

- This will be the third Week 17 meeting since 2010 for the long-time rivals, and the previous two were critical games. In the 2010 campaign, the Packers needed to beat the Bears at Lambeau Field to make the postseason; they won 10-3 and went on to win Super Bowl XLV. The teams met in Week 17 three years later in Chicago; the Packers' 33-28 success earned them the NFC North crown and eliminated the Bears. 

- A win over Chicago would secure the NFC's top seed for Green Bay – as well as a second consecutive 13-3 season. The Packers have posted back-to-back seasons of 13 or more wins only once, in 1996 and 1997 with Brett Favre at quarterback. In the Super Bowl era, only one team has had consecutive seasons with at least 13 victories and no Super Bowl appearance: the Saints of 2018 and 2019.

- Aaron Rodgers has 51 touchdown passes against the Bears in his regular-season career, second only to Favre's 60. Including the 2010 NFC Championship Game, Rodgers is 20-5 versus Chicago for an .800 winning percentage, the fourth highest by any QB versus a single opponent since 1950 (minimum 25 starts; postseason included).

OTHER KEY GAMES

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Alvin Kamara rushed for six touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Day, tying the NFL record set by Ernie Nevers in 1929. Kamara's 58 scrimmage TDs rank as the third most by a player through his first four seasons all-time (Terrell Davis – 61, LaDainian Tomlinson – 60).

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- After hurting the Arizona Cardinals' postseason chances with a 20-12 win at State Farm Stadium on Saturday, the 49ers will hope to play spoiler for a second straight week. A win over Seattle on Sunday would give San Francisco a 4-2 record within the NFC West, which would be a division-best – even as they finish in last place.

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Sunday, 4.25pm

Tennessee will clinch its first AFC South title since 2008 with a win, or an Indianapolis Colts loss versus the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. A win over Houston would also tie the Titans franchise record for road wins in a season (currently 5-2: 6-2 in 1996, 2000, 2008).

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts – Sunday, 4.25pm

Indianapolis and Jacksonville both have eight players with over 250 receiving yards this season, the only two teams in the NFL with as many. The Jaguars had never had eight players with 250 receiving yards in the same season before, while the Colts had it happen once before (2016, eight players). If they are to snatch the AFC South division title, Indianapolis need to win and hope Tennessee fail to match them, or tie and see the Titans lose.

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles - Sunday, 8.20pm

Washington have lost six of their past seven games against the Eagles, including three straight on the road. Their lone success came in Week 1 this year after they scored the final 27 points of the game and won 27-17. A tie would be enough for Washington to clinch the NFC East division title, as long as the Dallas Cowboys fail to beat the New York Giants.

ELSEWHERE…

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Sunday, 1.00pm

Daniel Jones has not thrown an interception in 162 consecutive pass attempts, the longest active streak in the NFL and the third-longest streak by a Giant in the past 30 seasons (Eli Manning – 176 in 2014, Phil Simms – 173 in 1993). To reach the playoffs, Dallas needs a win and for Washington not to match them, or a tie and a Washington loss. New York need a win and a Washington loss.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Sunday, 1.00pm

Nick Chubb is averaging 5.45 yards per carry this season and has run for 11 touchdowns. He is set to will become the second player in NFL history with 5.0+ yards per carry and 8+ rush TDs in three straight seasons, joining another Browns player in Leroy Kelly (1966-68). With a win or a Colts loss on Sunday, the Browns would snap their 17-season playoff drought, which is tied for the longest in the NFL since the merger (1970-86 Saints, 2000-16 Buffalo Bills).

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