Gardner Minshew

Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #16
Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #16
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Gardner Minshew News

Accurate in win

Minshew completed 20 of his 25 passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sundays 33-18 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Minshew drew the spot start with Jalen Hurts (ankle) inactive and led the Eagles offense to an efficient performance. He ended the first half having completed 14 of his 15 pass attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns, also finding the end zone on completions of 36 and 25 yards. Despite the strong effort, his production was curtailed in the second half by game script as the Eagles relied heavily on the run to maintain their lead. Even with this impressive effort, Minshew will likely be limited to this lone start because Hurts will have the Eagles bye in Week 14 to allow his ankle to heal.

Dec 5, 2021 7:36 PM EST

Picking up Week 13 start

Minshew will start Sunday's game against the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With Jalen Hurts (ankle) inactive for the first time this season, Minshew will see his first extended action as a member of the Eagles, as his lone prior appearance with Philadelphia came during garbage time of a Week 8 win over the Lions. While Minshew isn't nearly as threatening as Hurts as a runner, he could amount to an upgrade for the Philadelphia passing game. In 23 games (20 starts) with Jacksonville over the past two seasons, Minshew averaged 240.4 passing yards per contest while posting a 37:11 TD:INT.

Dec 5, 2021 8:29 AM EST

Spot start imminent

Minshew is in line to earn a spot start Sunday at the Jets with Jalen Hurts (ankle) trending toward inactive status, NFL reporter Derrick Gunn reports.

Analysis: Hurts came out of a Week 12 loss to the Giants with a sore left ankle and proceeded to log limited practices Wednesday through Friday, splitting first-team reps with Minshew in the process, per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The contingency plan set up Minshew to be the Eagles' No. 1 quarterback if Hurts was unable to go, and that scenario seems as if it'll come to pass. The Eagles will confirm as much approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. While Minshew has only made one brief appearance with the Eagles back in Week 8 -- he completed both passes for 11 yards -- he previously averaged 240.4 passing yards per game, tossed 37 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions and racked up 497 yards and one TD on the ground in 23 games (20 starts) for the Jaguars.

Dec 4, 2021 4:01 PM EST

Could draw Week 13 start

Minshew took about half of the available reps with the Eagles' first-team offense this week and could be needed to start Sunday against the Jets with Jalen Hurts (ankle) listed as questionable for the contest, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Head coach Nick Sirianni noted that he's confident in either of his two quarterbacks, but Hurts will retain the starting job if he's able to make enough progress in his recovery from the sprained ankle that limited his practice activity this week. Since the Eagles kick off among the early wave of Sunday games at 1 p.m. ET, fantasy managers looking for clarity on Hurts' status should have alternatives available in the event he's inactive, with Minshew representing one of those options. Though his lone game action this season has come in garbage time of a blowout win over the Lions in Week 8, Minshew showed during his previous two seasons in Jacksonville that he can do an adequate job of directing an offense while presenting some threat as a scrambler, though not nearly to the degree of Hurts. Over 24 career games, Minshew owns a 63 percent completion rate to go with 6.9 yards per attempt and a 37:11 TD:INT.

Dec 3, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Moving up depth chart

Minshew moved up the depth chart to No. 2 behind starter Jalen Hurts after the Eagles traded Joe Flacco to the Jets on Monday, Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "We feel really good about Gardner Minshew being our No. 2 quarterback," coach Nick Sirianni said.

Analysis: Since he landed in Philly on Aug. 28 after playing out the preseason with the Jaguars, Minshew has been the Eagles' third quarterback behind Hurts and Flacco, relegating him to inactive status for each of the team's seven games to date. Now with Flacco back in New York, Minshew will be on hand in the event of a Hurts injury or demotion. In his first two pro campaigns in Jacksonville, Minshew went 7-13 as a starter, averaged 240.4 yards per game and posted 37 touchdowns versus 11 interceptions in 23 appearances. He also made an impact as a runner, compiling 497 yards and one TD on the ground.

Oct 25, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Inactive Thursday

Minshew (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Minshew hasn't been active for any of the first six games of the season. Joe Flacco will serve as the primary backup behind Jalen Hurts once again.

Oct 14, 2021 4:04 PM EST

Healthy scratch once again

Minshew (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.

Analysis: Minshew will be a healthy scratch for the fifth straight week to start the season. Joe Flacco will continue to operate as the backup quarterback behind Jalen Hurts.

Oct 10, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Inactive again

Minshew (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 4 matchup against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Minshew has yet to wrestle the backup quarterback job away from Joe Flacco. As a result, he is inactive for the fourth consecutive game to begin the campaign.

Oct 3, 2021 8:58 AM EST

Sitting again Week 3

Minshew (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Minshew will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game to open the season. Jalen Hurts will receive another start with Joe Flacco as Philadelphia's backup quarterback Monday.

Sep 27, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Not playing Week 2

Minshew (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the 49ers.

Analysis: As he was in the season opener, Minshew will be in street clothes while Jalen Hurts starts at QB for the Eagles, with Joe Flacco in reserve.

Sep 19, 2021 8:46 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Minshew (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

Analysis: Minshew arrived in Philadelphia back on Aug. 28 via a trade with the Jaguars, but he won't be in uniform for his first potential game with the Eagles. Instead, Jalen Hurts will be under center, as expected, with Joe Flacco the only other available QB to coach Nick Sirianni.

Sep 12, 2021 8:50 AM EST

Traded to Philly

Minshew was traded to the Eagles for a conditional sixth-round pick Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It appears as if the quarterback competition orchestrated by coach Urban Meyer paid off as the Jaguars were able to land a sixth-round pick which could turn into a fifth depending on how much Minshew plays on his new team. It's a curious move on the side of the Eagles considering Joe Flacco was supposedly locked in as the team's top backup, but the move to acquire Minshew might mean the veteran Super Bowl winner could slide down on the depth chart. It's hard to imagine the 2019 sixth-round pick will challenge Jalen Hurts for the starting spot, but Minshew is a cheap asset who has proved to be relatively quality backup during his handful of starts thus far in his career.

Aug 28, 2021 7:21 AM EST

Backup status now official

Coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday that Trevor Lawrence will start Week 1, leaving Minshew to handle backup duties, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Meyer took his time officially naming a starter in Jacksonville, but it ultimately comes as no surprise to see the rookie No. 1 overall pick operating ahead of Minshew on the depth chart. The third-year pro will be one of the more competent backups in the NFL, to his credit. Across 23 appearances in the first two seasons of his career, Minshew logged a more than respectable 37:11 TD:INT ratio. The 25-year-old could even still garner interest around the league as a trade candidate, should the Jaguars opt to pursue that route.

Aug 25, 2021 10:22 AM EST

Throws costly interception

Minshew completed 13 of 21 passes for 149 yards and an interception in Monday night's 23-21 preseason loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Minshew entered after watching rookie top-pick Trevor Lawrence complete 14 of 23 attempts for 113 yards in the first half, managing just three points on six drives. Although Minshew was more efficient and had the Jags on the doorstep of scoring, his interception from the opposing two-yard line put a big damper on his performance. The third-year pro was already seemingly facing an uphill battle to be named starter over Lawrence, and even though that determination is yet to be made, it wouldn't be surprising if Minshew learns his second-string fate sometime soon.

Aug 23, 2021 8:58 PM EST

Takes first snap at camp

Minshew took the first snap of training camp in 7-on-7s, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: New coach Urban Meyer may defer to veterans on the first day of camp, but there's little doubt No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence will get the Week 1 start. Minshew profiles as one of the top backup QBs in the league, potentially making him a valuable trade chip if the Jags want to take things in that direction. The team did sign C.J. Beathard to a two-year, $5 million contract this offseason, so the backup spot will be in decent hands even if Minshew isn't around. It is possible the Jaguars are cautious with Lawrence this summer, given that he had surgery on his left shoulder in mid-February.

Jul 28, 2021 7:50 AM EST

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

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