Gardner Minshew

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #16
Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #16

Gardner Minshew News

Sharing first-team reps with rookie

Minshew shared first-team reps with Anthony Richardson on Thursday, Stephen Holder of reports.

Analysis: Coach Shane Steichen told reporters it was an important step in the Colts' evaluation of Richardson to see him with the first-stringers, adding that the fourth overall pick "made some big plays, some next-level stuff" during Thursday's practice. Minshew may still end up getting more snaps with the starters this spring, but he's got a challenge on his hands to stay atop the depth chart throughout the summer and into Week 1.

May 26, 2023 6:23 AM EST

Richardson seen starting early

Minshew could begin the regular season as Indy's starting quarterback, but 2023 first-round draft pick Anthony Richardson is expected to start sooner rather than later, Zac Keefer of The Athletic reports. "[Richardson's] experience as a player and getting more reps - practice reps, game reps - I think that's how you develop," said head coach Shane Steichen.

Analysis: The Colts signed Minshew to a one-year contract to provide a veteran backup who can ease Indy's transition into a new franchise quarterback. It sounds like the Colts intend for Richardson to be the Week 1 starter, but his ascent into the starting role will depend on how he fares in training camp. Minshew could be the early season starter, but we wouldn't count on him starting many games ahead of Richardson.

May 1, 2023 7:51 AM EST

Headed back to No. 2 role

Minshew is set to return to the backup role Sunday against the Giants with Jalen Hurts (shoulder) listed as questionable but slated to start at quarterback in the regular-season finale, reports.

Analysis: While filling in for Hurts in losses to the Cowboys and Saints in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively, Minshew completed 42 of 72 pass attempts for 629 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions to go with five rushing yards and another score. Though Hurts practiced in some capacity all week and isn't expected to be limited Sunday while the Eagles look to secure the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with a win, the Giants are heavy underdogs and will be starting their third-string quarterback (Davis Webb) while also likely resting several other key players. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if Minshew ends up getting in some snaps in relief of Hurts during the second half if the Eagles have turned the game into a blowout.

Jan 8, 2023 7:38 AM EST

Big second half in loss

Minshew completed 18 of 32 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Minshew had a disastrous first half, as he was sacked five times as opposed to completing only six passes. He turned things around in the final two quarters, primarily thanks to a 78-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown. Minshew also threw a pick-six with five minutes remaining in the game, sealing a loss for Philadelphia. It remains to be seen whether Jalen Hurts (shoulder) will return for a Week 18 matchup against the Giants, which will dictate whether Minshew will have the chance to start a third-straight game.

Jan 1, 2023 9:29 PM EST

Starting again Sunday

Minshew is in line to start Sunday's game against to Saints in place of an inactive Jalen Hurts (shoulder), Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Minshew will be afforded a second consecutive start with Hurts tending to a sprained right throwing shoulder. In a Week 16 loss at Dallas, Minshew completed 24 of 40 passes for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, scored a TD on the ground and also lost a fumble.

Jan 1, 2023 8:50 AM EST

In line to start Sunday

Minshew is slated to start Sunday's game against the Saints, Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Jalen Hurts (right shoulder) not in line to play Sunday, a notion that will be confirmed once the Eagles' inactives are posted ahead the team's 1:00 ET kickoff, Minshew is poised to make his second straight start. In the team's Week 16 loss to the Cowboys, Minshew completed 24 of 40 passes for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while adding four carries for five yards and another TD.

Jan 1, 2023 7:17 AM EST

Likely starting with Hurts doubtful

Minshew is on track to start Sunday's game against New Orleans with fellow Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (shoulder) listed as doubtful, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Hurts showed progress when he returned to practice this week, but the Eagles are leaning cautious and figure to hold him out for another game. They won't have any playoff implications in Week 18 if Minshew leads them to victory this Sunday, so his odds for a third start partially depend on how he plays. Standout RT Lane Johnson (adductor) is out this Sunday, but even without him the Eagles have an above-average offensive line and one of the best groups of skill-position talent in the league. RB Miles Sanders (knee) and WR A.J. Brown (knee) both have been cleared for Sunday after missing out on some practice reps this week.

Dec 30, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Two TDs offset by three turnovers

Minshew completed 24 of 40 passes for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, had four carries for five yards and another TD and fumbled twice (one lost) during Saturday's 40-34 loss at Dallas.

Analysis: After handling all the first-team reps during Week 16 prep, Minshew got his first start of the season (and first since Week 18 of the 2021 campaign) for an injured Jalen Hurts, who is dealing with a sprained right shoulder. It's unclear if this will be the first of a handful of nods for Minshew down the stretch, but he fared well with volume, while also committing at least three turnovers for the first time since Week 9 of his rookie 2019 season. With a pair of top wide receivers to work with in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, both of whom reached 100 yards Saturday, Minshew has enough skill-position talent to produce as long as he's directing the Eagles offense. If Hurts yields his starting spot to Minshew again Week 17, the latter will be facing the Saints on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Named Week 16 starter

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Thursday that Minshew will start Saturday's game in Dallas, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Though Sirianni noted that MVP candidate Jalen Hurts pushed to play through his sprained throwing shoulder, the Eagles won't take any chances with their top signal-caller after he failed to practice in any fashion Tuesday and Wednesday. Expect Hurts to be formally ruled out for the Week 16 contest following Thursday's practice, leaving third-stringer Ian Book to dress as the backup to Minshew, who picks up his first start of the season after making his other three appearances in 2022 at the tail end of blowouts. Minshew previously made two starts in place of Hurts in the 2021 season and fared well in those outings, completing 67.2 percent of his throws for 7.4 yards per attempt and a 4:1 TD:INT. Given his past performance and favorable team context, Minshew should make for a viable lineup option in leagues that start two quarterbacks or have a superflex spot available.

Dec 22, 2022 7:30 AM EST

Taking first-team reps

Minshew is taking first-team reps at practice Wednesday, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: Minshew missed Tuesday's practice for personal reasons, while Jalen Hurts was sidelined by a shoulder sprain that has his availability for Saturday's game against the Cowboys in serious doubt. With Hurst absent again Wednesday, it increasingly appears Minshew will make his first start of the season, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

Dec 21, 2022 10:55 AM EST

Out Tuesday, but poised for start

Minshew didn't participate in Tuesday's walk-through practice due to a personal matter, but he appears to be trending toward starting Saturday's game at Dallas while top quarterback Jalen Hurts tends to a sprained throwing shoulder, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Hurts was also listed as a non-participant on Philadelphia's first Week 16 practice report, and while both he and head coach Nick Sirianni aren't dismissing the possibility of the signal-caller playing through his injury Saturday, the Eagles' two-game edge over the Vikings for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs could be enough for the team to err on the side of caution and hold him out this weekend. According to Tim McManus of, Minshew was excused from practice while he attended funeral services for his head coach in college, Mike Leach, but Minshew is expected back in the Philadelphia area later Tuesday and should have plenty of time to get prepared for the possible Week 16 starting assignment. All 24 of Minshew's snaps thus far in 2022 have largely come in garbage-time scenarios, but he shined in two starts for Philadelphia last season, completing 67.2 percent of his throws for 7.4 yards per attempt and a 4:1 TD:INT in games against the Jets and Cowboys.

Dec 20, 2022 2:02 PM EST

Appears in blowout

Minshew took five snaps on offense in Sunday's 48-22 win over the Giants, handing off four times and then kneeling down for a one-yard loss on the Eagles' final possession to run out the clock.

Analysis: Minshew has now played in two straight games, with both appearances coming in relief of starting quarterback Jalen Hurts when the outcome of the game has been well in hand. Now sitting at 12-1 and holding a two-game edge on the Cowboys and Vikings for the NFC's top seed, the Eagles could secure a first-round bye plus home-field advantage before Week 18. If that's the case, Minshew could get the opportunity to start the regular-season finale against the Giants if the Eagles are eager to avoid exposing Hurts to a potential injury ahead of the playoffs.

Dec 14, 2022 9:52 AM EST

Efficient in exhibition

Minshew completed 14 of 17 passes for 142 yards in Sunday's 21-20 preseason win over the Browns.

Analysis: Minshew played the entire first half and was rather efficient throwing the ball, particularly when targeting wideout Deon Cain. The pair connected on back-to-back plays of 24 and 23 yards during the second quarter, helping Philadelphia carry a 14-13 lead into halftime. Although Jalen Hurts is slated to start at quarterback for the Eagles this season, Minshew embodies one of the league's better second-string options, as he showed in Sunday's exhibition victory.

Aug 21, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Likely staying in Philly

The Eagles might consider trading Minshew for an early draft pick but otherwise are expected to keep him around as a backup in the final season of his rookie contract, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Minshew was excellent in his one start last year, but Jalen Hurts then returned from an ankle injury and played well down the stretch to lock up a playoff spot. The Eagles then went out and traded for WR A.J. Brown to give their offense a big boost, increasing the odds of Hurts finding success in his second year as a starter. That also means Minshew will be in better position to succeed if he does see the field, but he won't have an opportunity to win the starting this summer.

Jul 6, 2022 11:04 AM EST

Makes two spot starts in 2021

Minshew completed 41 of 60 passes for 439 yards, four touchdowns and an interception across four appearances during the 2021 campaign. He also added nine rushing attempts for 21 yards.

Analysis: While he made four appearances, the majority of Minshew's production came in two spot starts. In Week 13, he drew the start against the Jets while Jalen Hurts (ankle) was sidelined. He led the Eagles to a win by completing 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two scores. In Week 18, he took the reins once again from Hurts -- who was resting for the playoffs -- and completed 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards, two scores and one interception, while leading Philadelphia past Dallas. Minshew is under contract for the 2022 season, but his name will likely be mentioned in trade talks after the Eagles expressed confidence in Hurts moving forward.

Jan 24, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Throws two touchdowns

Minshew completed 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 51-26 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Minshew got off to a decent start, capping the Eagles' opening drive with a three-yard shovel pass to Tyree Jackson for a touchdown. He later had a deep, would-be touchdown dropped by J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who also couldn't haul in a pass that floated on Minshew before being intercepted in the second half. Fortunately, though, the signal-caller closed on a high note, hitting Quez Watkins for a 36-yard score with under two minutes remaining. Although usual starter Jalen Hurts (coach's decision) should reclaim his job for next weekend's playoff game after resting Saturday, Minshew at least embodies a serviceable backup if needed.

Jan 8, 2022 9:06 PM EST

Getting spot start Saturday

Minshew will start Saturday's game against the Cowboys with Jalen Hurts (ankle) inactive, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: The Eagles are giving Hurts the week off to ensure he's as healthy as possible for the postseason. Minshew thus will make his fourth appearance and second start with the team, which so far has translated to 22-for-27 passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns to go with four carries for 11 yards.

Jan 8, 2022 3:53 PM EST

Headed back to No. 2 role

Minshew is expected to serve as the Eagles' backup quarterback Tuesday against Washington with Jalen Hurts (ankle) entering the Week 15 matchup without an injury designation, Chris Franklin of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Hurts turned in full practice sessions Friday, Sunday and Monday, clearing up any lingering concerns about the health of his sprained ankle, which prevented him from playing in the Eagles' Week 13 win over the Jets prior to a Week 14 bye. Minshew stepped in for a spot start in that contest and completed 20 of 25 attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns in Philadelphia's 33-18 win, but head coach Nick Sirianni reiterated after that game that Hurts would retain the starting job when healthy.

Dec 20, 2021 2:52 PM EST

Eagles-Washington moved to Tuesday

Minshew and the Eagles will no longer play Washington on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. The delay should also provide more healing time for Eagles signal-caller Jalen Hurts, who sat out the Eagles' Week 13 win over the Jets with a left ankle sprain before Philadelphia went on bye Week 14. Hurts returned to practice this week and upgraded to full participation Friday after limited activity Wednesday and Thursday, but the Eagles still gave him a questionable designation heading into the weekend. Head coach Nick Sirianni previously said that Hurts would be the team's starter when healthy, but if the Eagles have any reservations about the second-year signal-caller's status by the time Tuesday arrives, Minshew will be prepared to make his second straight start. Minshew continued to share first-team reps in practice with Hurts this week, coming off an impressive Week 13 outing in which he completed 20 of 25 attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

Dec 17, 2021 12:36 PM EST

Sharing first-team reps

Minshew and Jalen Hurts (ankle) are expected to split practice reps this week, with Hurts considered truly questionable for Sunday's game against Washington, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Analysis: Coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Hurts is trending up, but Garafolo suggests that's relative to Week 13 when the Eagles knew all along that the 23-year-old QB was unlikely to play. While Hurts has a better chance to suit up after the Week 14 bye, it's apparently no sure thing, giving Minshew a shot at his second start of the year. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two TDs in the 33-18 win over the Jets in Week 13, and the upcoming matchup could be similarly favorable with Washington's defense hit hard by COVID-19 absences.

Dec 15, 2021 11:19 AM EST

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