Gardner Minshew named the Jaguars’ starting QB for Week 14
The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Gardner Minshew their starting quarterback for their Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to John Oehser of the Jaguars’ team website.
Minshew was unexpectedly thrust into the starting role back in the first quarter of Week 1 when prized offseason addition Nick Foles went down with a collarbone injury.
The rookie filled in admirably, completing 22 of his 25 throws for 275 yards, a couple of touchdowns and an interception.
He then went on to start the next eight games, and in his first four starts, he threw seven touchdown passes as opposed to no picks. However, in Week 6, Minshew began to show some warts, going 14-for-29 with 163 yards and an interception, and the following week, he completed just 15 of his 32 throws.
While he bounced back with a strong performance in Week 8, throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns, Weeks 9 and 10 were not kind to Minshew, as he posted passer ratings of 59.6 and 71.1.
With Foles ready to return, Minshew was sent back to the bench for Week 11, but Minshew’s time on the pine did not last long, as he relieved Foles this past Sunday following a dreadful outing in which Foles turned the ball over three times.
On the season overall, Minshew has thrown for 2,432 yards, 14 touchdowns and five picks while completing 61.1 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 91.1. In addition, he has rushed for 243 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
With Minshew just 23 years old and already showing signs of becoming Jacksonville’s quarterback of the future, you have to wonder what all of this means for Foles moving forward.
The Jags are 4-8 and have lost four games in a row.