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Jags protecting Lawrence in rookie camp

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Trevor Lawrence opened Jacksonville's rookie minicamp on a pitch count. Coaches and teammates were essentially given an even stricter rule regarding the No. 1 pick and franchise quarterback: Don't touch him.

Lawrence is three months removed from labrum surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder. The cartilage has healed enough to practice, but the Jaguars are taking precautions to make sure the former Clemson star doesn't do any damage while he fully recovers. He is expected to be full go before training camp in late July.

"The No. 1 issue is falling," coach Urban Meyer said Saturday. "He can't hand off right now. He can't take a direct snap from under center. We're just worried about any chance of that arm getting jammed right now. . We can't have (him) on the ground. That's the biggest thing: We've got to keep people away from him. The pitch count's not as big as the fact of keeping him upright."

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