Gardner Minshew

Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #16
Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback #16
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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

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

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