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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: Dealing with thumb injury

Recent X-rays revealed that Minshew "has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the QB has been dealing with discomfort in his thumb since Week 5, but the Jaguars didn't know about the injury until this week. Schefter adds that it's uncertain whether Minshew will be able to play against the Texans in Week 9 following this week's bye. Next up on the team's QB depth chart are Mike Glennon and Jake Luton.

October 29, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Has so-so showing Sunday

Minshew completed 14 of 27 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns while rushing four times for 21 yards during Sunday's 39-29 road defeat to the Chargers.

Analysis: Prior to the game, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Minshew's job security was thinning, and he didn't exactly help his cause with this Week 7 performance. While he tossed multiple touchdowns for the fifth time and avoided throwing a pick for the third occasion in seven games, he matched his season low in passing yards, and his 51.9 completion percentage stands alone as his worst in a single contest on the campaign. The Jaguars have a bye week on tap, so coach Doug Marrone will have time to evaluate Minshew before making a decision on a Week 9 starter under center. Behind Minshew, Mike Glennon and rookie sixth-rounder Jake Luton are the next players up at quarterback in Jacksonville.

October 25, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Job security loosening

Minshew is in danger of losing Jacksonville's starting quarterback job if he continues to struggle in Sunday's game against the Chargers, multiple sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: While neither of the other two signal-callers on the 53-man roster (Mike Glennon and Jake Luton) represent long-term solutions behind center, coach Doug Marrone could be willing to make a change at the position if Minshew is unable to help Jacksonville end its five-game losing streak Sunday. At the very least, Minshew will likely need to keep the offense running smoothly through the first three quarters, which has largely been a challenge this season. During the five-game slide, Minshew has completed 65 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and 6.9 yards per attempt, but he's put up a fair amount of his production in garbage time and has turned the ball over eight times (five interceptions, three lost fumbles).

October 25, 2020 5:46 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Two turnovers in blowout loss

Minshew completed 25 of 44 pass attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a lost fumble in Week 6 against the Lions. He also added three rushes for 14 yards and another score.

Analysis: After a dismal start to the game, Minshew salvaged his day in the second half by finding the end zone twice. His first score came on the ground when he scrambled out of the pocket and evaded a defender for a six-yard rushing touchdown. With five minutes remaining in the game, he tallied his second touchdown on a swing pass to James Robinson from 14 yards away. For the season, Minshew has now recorded multiple touchdowns in five of his six starts. Volume has also been on his side, as he's attempted at least 40 passes in each of his last five games. However, Minshew and the team may be in for a slower-paced game in Week 7 against the Chargers.

October 18, 2020 4:38 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Tops 300 yards

Minshew completed 31 of 49 pass attempts for 301 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 5 against Houston. He also chipped in 18 yards on four rushes.

Analysis: Minshew attempted a season-high 49 passes, but wasn't particularly efficient by averaging just 6.1 yards per attempt. His longest completion of the day was a 51-yard deep shot to Chris Conley, though he also connected on a pair of completions that went for more than 15 yards with Laviska Shenault. For the season, Minshew has at least two passing scores in four of his five starts and topped 300 yards on three occasions. He'll face a positive matchup against the Lions in Week 6.

October 11, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Tops 350 yards in loss

Minshew completed 27 of 40 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 33-25 loss to the Bengals. He added two carries for nine yards.

Analysis: After throwing an interception on the opening drive, Minshew made amends with an 11-yard touchdown to DJ Chark to grab a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, they didn't get back into the end zone again until Minshew's two-yard score to Chark with 6:14 left in the game. The second-year quarterback has thrown for 1,138 yards and an 8:4 TD:INT heading into his team's Week 5 trip to Houston.

October 4, 2020 2:42 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Numbers go for naught in loss

Minshew completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Jaguars' 31-13 loss to the Dolphins on Thursday. He also rushed three times for 22 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Minshew had one of the better stat lines you'll see for a quarterback on the wrong end of an 18-point decision. The second-year gunslinger once again displayed above-average accuracy while averaging 6.5 yards per attempt, but he found himself frequently under duress while taking four sacks and 10 hits overall. Minshew's first turnover, a third-quarter fumble at his own seven, was particularly costly and came on one of those sacks, while the second came late in the contest with Jacksonville trying to tack on a meaningless touchdown. Despite Thursday's so-so fantasy effort, Minshew does still sport solid numbers in that regard through his first three games, as he still owns a 6:2 TD:INT and has quickly amassed 787 passing yards. He and his teammates will look to regroup ahead of a favorable Week 4 road matchup against the Bengals on Sunday. Oct. 4.

September 24, 2020 8:42 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Comeback falls short

Minshew completed 30 of 45 passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and had four carries for 19 yards during Sunday's 33-30 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was near perfect in the season-opening win against the Colts and found plenty of success through the air versus the Titans, though he did have the two giveaways Sunday. Minshew threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit, but Tennessee kicked a late field goal to win it. Minshew has completed 49 of his 65 pass attempts for 512 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions through his first two games of the season and has a matchup with the Dolphins in Week 3.

September 20, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Dismantles Colts' secondary

Minshew competed 19 of his 20 pass attempts for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against the Colts. He also chipped in five rushes for 19 yards.

Analysis: Minshew didn't have to throw much as the Jaguars' surprisingly found themselves leading the Colts. However, when he took to the air, he dissected the opposing secondary with only one of his attempts falling incomplete. He also delivered a trio of touchdowns, coming from six, 15 and 22 yards respectively. Minshew will look to maintain this type of performance in Week 2 as the Jaguars take on the Titans.

September 13, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Gardner Minshew: Moved to active roster

The Jaguars activated Minshew from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday morning.

Analysis: Placed on the list two days prior, Minshew has now passed the necessary tests to be reinstated to the active roster. He's the unquestioned starting quarterback in Jacksonville, where Mike Glennon, Jake Luton and Joshua Dobbs are expected to compete for backup work.

August 4, 2020 6:11 AM EST

Gardner Minshew: Lands on COVID list

The Jaguars placed Minshew (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.

Analysis: After the Jags sent Nick Foles to Chicago back in March, Minshew had no impediments to the starting QB gig in Jacksonville. However, he's now either tested positive for COVID-19 or recently been in close contact with someone who did. NFL teams aren't allowed to reveal which one is the case, but Minshew has to pass the requisite number of tests before he's allowed in the team's facilities.

August 2, 2020 1:07 PM EST

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

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