The emergence of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew raised plenty of speculation on whether the team would try to deal Nick Foles ahead of the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline. Now that the Jaguars have solidified their notion of not trading Foles, Minshew’s time under center could potentially be nearing its end.
Foles is reportedly eyeing a return in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts coming out of the bye week. As a result, the onus is now on the rookie to ensure that he goes out with a bang in what could be his last start pf the 2019 NFL season.
Minshew will certainly have a perfect opportunity to solidify his status as a bonafide starter against the Houston Texans in prime time in Week 9. It is safe to say that he will be looking to take on a central role in what could be a high-scoring affair against this talented Texans offense led by quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Here are 3 bold predictions for Minshew versus Houston.
1. Minshew Will Throw For 400 Yards
As solid as Minshew has been this season, the Jaguars still boast one of the more run-heavy offenses in the league. As a result, he has only managed to top 300 yards passing just once in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers in a game that saw him throw the ball a whopping 44 times.
Expect a similar workload for Minshew this time around with a favorable matchup against this vulnerable Texans secondary. This game has all the making of a shootout with Watson on the other end and he will need to show that he is capable of keeping up with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
2. Minshew Will Complete 65 Percent Of His Passes
If Minshew is going to try and duel with Watson, he will need to do it in an efficient manner if he wants to convince head coach Doug Marrone to stick with a pass-heavy approach. He nearly managed to reach this mark after completing 64.7 percent of his passes in the Week 8 victory over the New York Jets.
However, it was also the first and only time he has managed to complete more than 60 percent of his passes this season. Regardless, it appears the Jaguars have finally made the necessary adjustments on offense to better suit Minshew’s playing style and he will look to pick up where he left off against the Texans.
3. Minshew Will Not Get Sacked
The rookie has been sacked at least twice in every game so far this season. While the pressure he has faced can be attributed to the offensive line, Gardner Minshew also plays a part in making the necessary adjustments to certain blitzes.
He should find it much easier this time around against a Houston defense that just lost its best pass rusher in defensive end J.J. Watt. Although a potential shootout will allow plenty of chances to be sacked, Minshew should have no problem getting the ball out in time before the defenders get to him.