Gardner Minshew pumped to enter camp as a starter
The Jacksonville Jaguars may have found their quarterback of the future. This was initiated by trading last year’s primary gunslinger Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears. The Jaguars received a 2020 fourth-round pick in return and slotted sophomore Gardner Minshew as the team’s QB1 for the upcoming season.
“I actually haven’t had a camp like this, going into it, since I guess my senior of high school; it’s awesome,” Minshew said.
On March 13, 2019, Foles signed a four-year contract worth $88 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week 1 of the 2019 season, Foles started the game against the Kansas City Chiefs but suffered a shoulder injury in the first quarter and was ruled out the rest of the game. On November 5, Foles was activated and was named the starting quarterback over rookie Gardner Minshew, who had been presiding over the starting role.
In Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles came out with a subpar performance before being benched for Minshew after the Jaguars were losing by a score of 25-0 at halftime. Days later, the rookie was eventually named the starter for the rest of the season. Foles would finish the 2019 season with only four starts in four games, throwing for three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Gardner Minshew, on the other hand, saw a significant amount of playing time on the field despite being a rookie backup. He recorded a total of 3,271 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and six interceptions through 14 games played last season.
With Minshew being firmly established as the Jaguars’ leader, the sophomore will now put his focus on reviving his team’s playoff hopes in the upcoming season.