Gardner Minshew

Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback #16
Jacksonville Jaguars
Quarterback #16
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Gardner Minshew News

Could be traded soon

The Jaguars' signing of QB C.J. Beathard could set the stage for Minshew to be traded, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It would be a downgrade for the backup QB spot, but potentially worth it for the Jaguars if they could get an early-ish draft pick or a good player in exchange for Minshew. With the team widely expected to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, it's hard to imagine Minshew having any objection to a trade.

Mar 24, 2021 11:23 AM EST

Could be traded

It isn't clear Minshew has a future with the Jaguars, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Minshew went 1-7 as a starter in his second NFL season, though his passing stats -- 66.1 completion percentage, 6.9 YPA, 16 TDs, 5 INTs -- show a degree of competence that wasn't matched by fellow Jaguars quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Jake Luton. The team is now expected to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, potentially leaving Minshew to compete with Luton for the backup job. The Jaguars figure to explore trade opportunities this offseason, so it's possible the 2019 sixth-round pick ends up on a new team for his third NFL campaign.

Jan 19, 2021 8:05 AM EST

Won't get Week 17 start

Head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Minshew will remain the Jaguars' backup quarterback behind Mike Glennon for the team's Week 17 game in Indianapolis, John Oehser of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: When he met with the media Monday, Marrone left the door open for Minshew to supplant Glennon as the Jaguars' Week 17 starter, but the coach ultimately elected to maintain the status quo after reviewing the game film following Sunday's loss to the Bears. Minshew has outproduced Glennon from a statistic standpoint this season (66.1 percent completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 16:5 TD:INT), but the second-year signal-caller has put up a good chunk of his production in garbage time and clearly isn't viewed as the Jaguars' long-term answer at quarterback. Glennon is set to become a free agent this offseason and may not be retained, but Minshew won't have a clear path to the starting role in 2021 with Jacksonville likely to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Dec 30, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Relegated to backup

Minshew will act as the team's backup Sunday against the Bears after it was announced Mike Glennon would start the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Minshew's relatively solid surface numbers against the Ravens last week (75.9 completion percentage, two touchdowns to one turnover) masked what was a quietly toothless Jaguars offense albeit against a difficult matchup. It's not entirely surprising to see the team turn to Mike Glennon as the starter after both quarterbacks were splitting first-team reps throughout the week, but considering the veteran's track record as as a below-average starter at the professional level it's hard to imagine much will change from an offensive perspective in another difficult matchup on tap for Week 16.

Dec 26, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Competing for Week 16 starting gig

Head coach Doug Marrone said Minshew and Mike Glennon will split first-team reps in practice this week before a decision is made on the Jaguars' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Bears, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Minshew took back the starting role after shining in relief of Glennon in the Week 14 loss to the Titans, but the former struggled mightily to move the offense for most of the day in last weekend's blowout loss to the Ravens. Though Minshew only turned the ball over once and finished with a 75.9 percent completion rate, 7.8 YPA and two touchdown passes, most of his production came in the second half during garbage time. As a result, Minshew will be forced to compete for his job once again, but no matter who wins the battle, fantasy managers will likely want to avoid the Jacksonville quarterback situation Week 16.

Dec 23, 2020 6:24 AM EST

Modest numbers in blowout loss

Minshew completed 22 of 29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions during Sunday's 40-14 loss at Baltimore. He also had two carries for nine yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: The overall numbers don't look bad, but Jacksonville's offense was unable to get anything going until the second half with Baltimore already leading 26-0. Minshew should retain the starting gig heading into Week 16, though the matchup with the Bears doesn't figure to make things any easier, especially if tailback James Robinson (ankle) is forced to miss any time.

Dec 20, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Back in starting seat

Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Minshew will start Sunday's game in Baltimore, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Minshew entered last weekend's loss to the Titans in relief of Mike Glennon early in the second half, completing 18 of 31 pass attempts for 178 yards and one touchdown. The second-year signal-caller's performance has earned him the starting nod for Week 15, but he'll draw a tough matchup on the road in Baltimore.

Dec 14, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Enters game in second half

Minshew completed 18 of 31 pass attempts for 178 yards and one touchdown in Week 14 against the Titans. He added two rushes for 22 yards.

Analysis: Minshew entered the game in relief of Mike Glennon, who was benched for poor performance. He played nearly the entire second half and led the Jaguars to their only touchdown of the game. However, as has been typical, Minshew didn't look to push down the field, with his longest completion of the day going for 22 yards. It remains unclear whether Minshew or Glennon will be under center in Week 15 when the Jaguars take on the Ravens.

Dec 13, 2020 4:42 PM EST

Healthy, but not starting

Head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Minshew's sprained right thumb is "fine," but the second-year quarterback will serve as the backup quarterback to Mike Glennon in the Jaguars' Week 13 game in Minnesota, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Marrone noted that team trainers have informed him that Minshew will be a "full go" in practice Wednesday after his thumb injury prevented him from playing in each of the past four games, but the Jaguars will stick with Glennon at quarterback for now after he turned in a serviceable outing his first start since 2017 in last week's two-point loss to the Browns. The coach still left the door open for the team's starting quarterback situation to come down to a week-to-week decision, so Glennon's performance against the Vikings will likely dictate whether or not Minshew eventually recaptures the job over the final quarter of the season.

Dec 2, 2020 6:25 AM EST

Not suiting up Sunday

Minshew (thumb) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: Minshew was considered questionable for Sunday's contest but won't be available for the fourth straight contest due to the thumb issues. Even if he suited up, the 24-year-old wasn't yet cleared to start and would have served as the backup for Mike Glennon. Jake Luton will operate as Jacksonville's No. 2 quarterback versus Cleveland. Minshew's return to practice this week potentially puts him in good position to reclaim the starting role against the Vikings next Sunday.

Nov 29, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Minshew (thumb) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Doug Marrone said earlier this week the 24-year-old won't be ready to handle starting duties this weekend, but he could be available to serve in the backup role to Mike Glennon. Minshew returned to practice as a limited participant this week and was ramping up his throwing, so if all goes well he could return to start at Minnesota next week. Jake Luton is primed to serve as Jacksonville's No. 2 quarterback Sunday should Minshew be unavailable.

Nov 27, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Not ready for starting duties

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Minshew (thumb) won't be ready to handle starting duties this weekend versus the Browns, though the 24-year-old could serve as a backup to Mike Glennon, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Minshew has been dealing with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament to the thumb on his throwing hand for nearly a month, missing three games along the way. He at least took a step forward last week by practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday through Friday and carrying a questionable tag into the weekend, but he was ultimately inactive for the Jaguars' 27-3 loss to the Steelers. Per John Shipley of, Minshew is slated to increase his throwing in practice this week, and if he demonstrates enough progress, he could be active as the backup over Jake Luton, who has been benched in favor of Glennon after starting the past three weeks. Assuming Minshew endures no setbacks and is able to progressively ramp up his activity, he should be on track to reclaim starting duties Week 13 in Minnesota, regardless of how Glennon performs against Cleveland.

Nov 25, 2020 6:41 AM EST

Unavailable Week 11

Minshew (thumb) is inactive Week 11 against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Despite working up to a questionable tag following a week of limited practices, Minshew was never expected to suit up for this contest. The Jaguars will proceed with Jake Luton as the starting quarterback, with Mike Glennon on hand in a backup capacity.

Nov 22, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Unlikely to play Week 11

Minshew (thumb), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, isn't expected to be available to play, John Oesher of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Jacksonville's last two games with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament to his right thumb, Minshew was cleared to practice on a limited basis this week. While coach Doug Marrone indicated that while Minshew was gradually able to throw a little more each day this week, the quarterback still isn't 100 percent. Marrone has already named Jake Luton the team's Week 11 starter, so if Minshew ends up being active Sunday, he would merely be serving as an emergency backup. The Jaguars are expected to reassess their options at quarterback ahead of their Week 12 game against Cleveland.

Nov 20, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 11

The Jaguars list Minshew (right thumb) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Minshew saw some limited work at practice this week, but the team relayed earlier in the week that Jake Luton would be the starting quarterback against Pittsburgh. Unless there's been a change in that plan, Minshew will either be made inactive or serve as a backup Sunday.

Nov 20, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Won't return Week 11

Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Minshew won't be available to face the Steelers but may "throw a little" this week, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Minshew looks set to miss his third straight game while working to recover from multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his thumb, but it would at least represent a notable step forward if he's cleared to resume throwing. Jake Luton is thus bound for another chance to showcase his skillset under center, though Pittsburgh's defense will present a challenge for the rookie sixth-round pick. As Shipley has reported, Marrone has previously stated that Luton could hold on to the starting gig even when Minshew returns to full health, depending on the quality of his play.

Nov 16, 2020 10:54 AM EST

May not start when healthy

Head coach Doug Marrone hinted Wednesday that Minshew may not resume duties as the Jaguars' starting quarterback once he recovers from his right thumb injury, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Minshew hasn't been cleared to throw since being diagnosed Oct. 29 with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his thumb, so he'll be sidelined for a second straight game Sunday in Green Bay. In Minshew's stead, Luton will pick up another start after turning in a respectable outing in his NFL debut Week 9, completing 26 of 38 attempts for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception while adding a 13-yard touchdown run in the Jaguars' 27-25 loss to the Texans. Marrone noted that a decision on which quarterback starts beyond Week 10 will hinge on how Minshew heals from the injury and how Luton performs against Green Bay.

Nov 11, 2020 11:21 AM EST

Expected to miss another week

Coach Doug Marrone said Monday that Minshew (thumb) is "unlikely to be available" in Green Bay on Sunday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.

Analysis: Minshew has yet to resume throwing as he works to recover from multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his right thumb, and while the Jaguars have yet to offer an official timeframe for his return, it certainly looks like he's trending in the wrong direction for Week 10. If Minshew indeed can't go in Green Bay, rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton will get another opportunity under center. Luton impressed in his first NFL action against the Texans on Sunday, as he threw for 304 yards and one interception while accounting for two scores (one passing and one rushing).

Nov 9, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Not yet throwing

Coach Doug Marrone said after Sunday's loss to the Texans that Minshew (thumb) has yet to resume throwing, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old missed Sunday's contest while dealing with multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his right thumb, and it appears his outlook for the immediate future remains muddled. Minshew's practice participation later in the week should indicate whether the injuries have improved, but for now he doesn't appear significantly closer to playing. Rookie Jake Luton received the start versus Houston and completed 26 of 38 passes for 308 yards with two total touchdowns and one interception, so he figures to start again next week if Minshew remains unavailable.

Nov 8, 2020 1:45 PM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Minshew (thumb) did not practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Minshew has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans due to multiple fractures and a sprained ligament in his right thumb, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise to see him held out of practice to start the week. Rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton appears set to start Week 9, with veteran Mike Glennon serving as his backup. The Jaguars haven't yet provided an official timetable for Minshew's return.

Nov 4, 2020 12:44 PM EST

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