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Jaguars OC Jay Gruden reveals how he’ll bring out the best in Gardner Minshew

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The Jacksonville Jaguars brought in Jay Gruden this offseason in the hopes of revitalizing an offense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in scoring last season. With 2020 set to be the second year of the Gardner Minshew experiment in Duval County, Gruden knows just how important the development of the young quarterback is to the team’s success.

“Well, it better mesh,” Gruden said Tuesday, via team transcript, when asked about the relationship thus far between him and the Jags quarterbacks, specifically Minshew. “It’s my job to make it mesh, you know, to take on the personality of the quarterback and get him to understand what we’re trying to get accomplished on the play-to-play, game-to-game, week-to-week basis, it’s going to be critical.

As for Minshew, the former Washington State product broke out onto the scene last season as a rookie. The 2019 sixth-round pick would be the Jaguars’ starter for the majority of last season where he would show a lot of promise.

Minshew would appear in 15 games, making 14 starts and completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Minshew also showed strong ability to extend plays with his legs as he totaled 344 rushing yards — good for second-best on the team.

Prior to being hired in Jacksonville, Gruden spent the last five and a half seasons as the head coach of the Washington Redskins
where he compiled a 35-49-1 record. Gruden was fired just five games into last season after leading the Redskins to an 0-5 start.