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Gardner Minshew’s prospect as Jacksonville’s long-term starter

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The departure of quarterback Nick Foles has cleared the way for quarterback Gardner Minshew as the starter heading into the 2020 NFL season. However, it appears the team may be doing their due diligence on the recently-released Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, the Jaguars have serious interest in Dalton:

Jaguars are absolutely interested in Andy Dalton — but even if he signs, based on my conversations, I’d anticipate Gardner Minshew as the Week 1 starter. I don’t sense Jags would be signing Dalton with the mindset of “upgrading” from Minshew. They still like what they have there.

Although Jacksonville is intrigued with the prospect of bringing Dalton in, the report indicates that Minshew is still the starter at this point in the offseason. Of course, it remains to be seen just how set in stone this is.

Head coach Doug Marrone has not been shy about his confidence in Minshew as the No. 1 option under center. The rookie took the league by storm last season after filling in for the injured Foles. And he provided the Jaguars’ offense with a much-needed spark that ultimately ushered in the “Minshew Mania” era. He finished the 2019 campaign throwing for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions while completing 60.6 percent of his passes.

It is for this reason that Jacksonville is all too familiar with the importance of securing some quality depth under center. Dalton’s veteran experience could help pay huge dividends for Minshew’s development while serving as a stabilizing factor at the quarterback position.