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Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew

Quarterback #16
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 225 lb.
College:Washington State
Born:May 16, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (178)
Draft Team:JAX

Gardner Minshew: Becomes uncontested starter

Minshew is the uncontested No. 1 quarterback in Jacksonville following the team's decision to trade Nick Foles to the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Jaguars plan to deal Foles to Chicago in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, per Schefter, a move which will hand Minshew the offensive reigns without contest. Minshew burst onto the scene as a rookie and put together an impressively competent season, notably demonstrating finesse in the red zone with a 21:6 TD:INT ratio. The 23-year-old also showcased an ability to spark Jacksonville's offense via his athleticism, logging 67 rush attempts for 344 yards, an attribute which Foles lacked under center. Minshew is now set to enter training camp as the Jaguars' clear starter, with Joshua Dobbs as his backup.

March 18, 2020 10:45 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Primed for competition with Foles

Coach Doug Marrone said Minshew, Nick Foles and Joshua Dobbs will compete for the Jaguars' starting quarterback job this offseason, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: A report from early January suggested Foles would enter the offseason program as the top QB, though it's common sense that Minshew will at least have a shot at the job after his unexpectedly competent rookie season. Dobbs, on the other hand, isn't likely to see many first-team reps. The battle between Foles and Minshew will dominate headlines in Jacksonville throughout the spring and into the summer.

February 25, 2020 9:02 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Not listed as starter

Minshew won't enter the 2020 offseason as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't come as a major surprise after Minshew's inconsistencies to end the season. Save for a sterling Week 17 finale in which the rookie quarterback completed close to 70 percent of his passes and threw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns, a dismal stretch to start December nearly curtailed any sort of positive momentum Minshew built up during his prolonged audition as the Jaguars starter. It's worth noting head coach Doug Marrone also declined to list Nick Foles as the starter, suggesting both players would be capable options next season, although the Jaguars would pay close to $34 million in dead cap space should they opt to cut the veteran signal caller in lieu of Minshew. As a result, this situation feels like one of the very few "real" quarterback competitions to monitor throughout the offseason, as Minshew's cap number ($632,904) and unexpectedly solid performance from the sixth-round pick throughout 2019 all but guarantee him a shot at the starting gig next year.

January 4, 2020 7:26 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Minshew Mania ends on high note

Minshew (shoulder) completed 27 of 39 pass attempts for 295 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Minshew provided one of Week 17's biggest surprises when you consider he entered the game nursing an injured shoulder while also coming off of his worst performance of the season last week against Atlanta (13 of 31 for 181 yards). Filling in for the injured Nick Foles to begin the year, the 2019 sixth-round pick created a huge buzz with some strong fantasy performances coupled with his unorthodox sense of style, thus creating 'Minshew Mania." The Jaguars signed Nick Foles to a huge four-year, $88 million contract this past offseason, money that could dictate giving him another chance to start in 2020, but Minshew showed the team that he is a capable NFL quarterback (60.6 completion percentage, 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games), and he appears to have a higher fantasy ceiling due to his ability to chip in some rushing stats (344 rushing yards).

December 29, 2019 6:55 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Ready for season finale

Minshew (shoulder) is officially active for Sunday's season finale against the Colts.

Analysis: Minshew was considered questionable due to the bothersome right shoulder, but he'll once again play through the injury. The 23-year-old will look to finish his rookie campaign on a strong note after completing only 13 of 31 passes in Week 16.

December 29, 2019 12:03 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Deemed questionable for Week 17

The Jaguars list Minshew (shoulder) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Minshew's right shoulder bothered him heading into last weekend's loss to the Falcons, but he entered the contest without an injury designation. The Jaguars' decision to list him as questionable ahead of the season finale suggests his shoulder might be at least a little more of a concern, but no reports have surfaced at this point suggesting that Minshew is truly in jeopardy of sitting out. The rookie has at least been able to get on the practice field in some fashion this week, logging limited workouts Wednesday and Thursday.

December 27, 2019 10:34 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Limited in practice again

Minshew (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The shoulder issue previously limited Minshew for the first two practices of last week, but he turned in a full practice Friday and entered Sunday's 24-12 loss against the Falcons without an injury designation. With the Jaguars offering no indication that Minshew experienced a setback coming out of that contest, he'll likely take every rep in the Jaguars' final practice of Week 17 and make his 12th start of the season in the finale versus the Colts.

December 26, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Limited on first practice report

Minshew (shoulder) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Minshew managed to suit up without an injury designation Week 16 despite initially practicing in a limited fashion, so if things progress as usual, he'll suit up unhindered against Indianapolis on Sunday. If the rookie signal-caller is able to practice fully by Friday, any doubts about his availability will be put to rest.

December 25, 2019 3:20 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Inefficient in loss

Minshew completed 13 of 31 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-12 loss to Atlanta. He added 36 yards on seven carries.

Analysis: Minshew was off all game, but tried to lead a comeback in the fourth quarter down by multiple scores. He connected with Chris Conley on a 42-yard bomb that cut the lead to 12 early in the fourth quarter. The game might have been different had DJ Chark held onto a would-be touchdown midway through the quarter. The Minshew Magic has worn off over the past month as the rookie passer has averaged just 172.8 passing yards per game over his last four contests. He accounted for multiple touchdowns in just one of those games. The season concludes against Indianapolis' 21st-ranked pass defense.

December 22, 2019 3:47 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Cleared for Week 16

Minshew (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Analysis: The rookie quarterback was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday with the right shoulder issue, but he was able to finish the week with a full practice. Minshew is set to receive his 11th start of the season Sunday against the Falcons, which are allowing 253.7 YPG through the air and a 99.5 opponent QB rating.

December 20, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Logs another limited practice

Minshew (right shoulder) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: We'll revisit Minshew's status Friday, but we'd expect him to be out there Sunday against the Falcons. The Jaguars' final Week 16 injury report will reveal whether the QB heads into the weekend listed as questionable or is removed from the team's injury report altogether.

December 19, 2019 12:48 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Limited at practice

Minshew (right shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: So far there's nothing to suggest that Minshew -- who helped the Jaguars snap a five-game losing streak in Week 15's win over the Raiders -- is in any danger of missing this weekend's game against the Falcons. With that in mind, unless it's revealed that he tweaked his shoulder during Wednesday's practice, we'll consider the QB's limitations to be maintenance-related.

December 18, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Leads comeback win in Oakland

Minshew completed 17 of 29 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Raiders. He also gained 27 rushing yards on five carries.

Analysis: The Jaguars didn't score a TD through the first three quarters, but Minshew played hero by finding Chris Conley twice in the end zone over the final 5:15 to rally the club from a 16-6 deficit. While the rookie QB hasn't been particularly sharp since regaining the starting job, he does have a 3:0 TD:INT over the last two games. Minshew and the Jacksonville passing game get a favorable matchup in Week 16 on the road against the Falcons.

December 15, 2019 5:14 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Mediocre in return to top job

Minshew completed 24 of 37 passes for 162 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Jaguars' 45-10 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 31 yards.

Analysis: While Minshew's final numbers weren't awful on the surface, the fact the Jaguars were down 31-3 before he facilitated Jacksonville's only touchdown of the day with a 12-yard toss to Nick O'Leary tells the tale of what kind of day it was. The rookie was making his return to the top job after ceding it for two games, but this performance wasn't necessarily any better than what the displaced Nick Foles was capable of providing. Ultimately, it appears the Jaguars have serious concerns on the offensive side of the ball for the time being, and Minshew's chances of success will notably lessen if D.J. Chark is forced to miss significant time with the ankle injury that caused his early exit Sunday. Minshew will look to up his production against the vulnerable Raiders secondary in Week 15.

December 8, 2019 6:58 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Back as starting QB

Coach Doug Marrone said Minshew will return as the Jaguars' starting quarterback Sunday against the Chargers, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taking over for a futile Nick Foles this past Sunday versus the Buccaneers, Minshew fared slightly better during the 28-11 loss. Overall this season, Minshew has completed 61 percent of his passes, averaged 243.2 yards per game and posted a 14:5 TD:INT.

December 2, 2019 11:13 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Serviceable in relief

Minshew played the second half of the Jaguars' 28-11 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday in relief of Nick Foles (coach's decision) and completed 16 of 27 passes for 147 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed twice for eight yards and had a fumble, but it was recovered by the offense.

Analysis: Minshew's numbers weren't anything to write home about, but they were exponentially better than Foles', who threw for just 93 yards and completed 50.0 percent of his throws in the first two quarters. The rookie has certainly proven capable of providing a spark in the past, however, and with Jacksonville at 4-8, it's certainly possible coach Doug Marrone opts to give Minshew another run with the starting job versus the Chargers in Week 14.

December 1, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Takes over for Foles

Minshew replaced Nick Foles at quarterback to start the second half Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The Jaguars entered halftime trailing 25-0 as Foles committed three first-half turnovers, leading the team to make a change. Jacksonville has been outscored 100-33 in 10 quarters since Foles reclaimed the starting job in Week 11, so the team will have a decision to make at quarterback entering Week 14. Minshew can stake his claim to the starting job with a quality showing off the bench.

December 1, 2019 12:12 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Roll slowing on "Minshew Mania"

Minshew completed 14 of 29 pass attempts for 163 yards, and threw one interception during Sunday's 13-6 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: The Vegas pundits were evidently drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid on "Minshew Mania," as the Jaguars entered Sunday's tilt against the 4-1 Saints as one-to-two-point favorites in many sportsbooks. Minshew has regressed to the mean after a red-hot start to the season, completing less than 60 percent of his passes in three consecutive games after establishing a 73.9 percent completion rate between Weeks 1 and 3. His 9:2 TD:INT ratio is impressive, but the rookie signal caller entered Sunday tied with Kyle Allen for an NFL-worst four lost fumbles. That is one aspect that Minshew will need to clean up in order to give the 2-4 Jaguars a chance to creep back into the playoff mix. In Week 7 he and the Jacksonville passing attack will be opposing a Bengals defense that has allowed 235-plus passing yards in five straight outings.

October 13, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Cleared to play

Minshew (groin) doesn't carry a Week 6 injury designation after returning to a full practice Friday.

Analysis: Minshew logged a limited practice Thursday due to minor groin soreness, but he worked fully Friday, which sets the stage for him to start Sunday's game against the 4-1 Saints, who have won three in a row. The rookie signal-caller is firmly on the fantasy radar after logging a 6:0 TD:INT ratio over his last three games and putting up 374 passing yards in a 34-27 loss to the Panthers in Week 5.

October 11, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Logs limited practice

Minshew was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday due to minor groin soreness, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Any mid-week addition to a team's injury report is worth noting, but so far this doesn't seem like an issue that will prevent Minshew from handling the Jaguars' QB duties Sunday against the Saints.

October 10, 2019 1:22 PM EST

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