Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew ‘proved’ he can be the starting QB, says the rookie
The Jacksonville Jaguars have chosen to give Nick Foles his starting job back upon his return from a shoulder injury. Despite Foles being named the starter, Gardner Minshew believes that he “proved” he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
“I think I proved I can be a guy in this league for a long, long time,” Minshew said Wednesday. “I think they believe that. And there’s other things we’re going to get better at so the next time I do get this opportunity, I’ll be ready and I’ll be better and we’re all going to progress together.”
When Minshew replaced Foles in Week 1 due to an injury, Jacksonville was unsure of what they were going to get from their rookie sixth-round pick. While many wrote off the Jaguars, Minshew kept the offense afloat with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in his eight starts.
Unfortunately, the Washington State product had his worst game of the season in Week 9 when he threw two interceptions and two fumbles. Thus, making the decision for Marrone to go with Foles a bit easier to make.
As the team’s starter, Minshew showcased that he can lead an NFL offense and win games. When asked about his first-year quarterback, Doug Marrone is more confident in Minshew now than he was before the season began.
“He’s done a great job,” Marrone said. “I feel a whole lot different about him now than I did prior to him playing, in a very positive way. We took some things and had some discussions on things that we’re going to work on going forward which will give him the ability to be a player in this league for a long time.
In Week 11, Foles will get his second start of the season versus the Indianapolis Colts. Even while he becomes the starter once again, Minshew will be waiting to get another opportunity to prove himself.