Gardner Minshew has become a fan favorite on the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he could be at risk of losing his starting job soon. While the Jaguars prepare to face the Los Angeles Chargers, Minshew could reportedly be playing for his job on Sunday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
When Minshew stepped in for Nick Foles early in the 2019 season, he immediately became a reason to watch the Jaguars. In his rookie season, as a sixth-round pick out of Washington State, Minshew burst onto the scene with 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
With Foles being traded by Jacksonville in the offseason, Minshew was going to have a chance to become the team’s long-term option at quarterback. However, the second-year quarterback has gotten off to a hot and cold start in 2020, which has put his job in jeopardy moving forward.
The mustache-wearing passer has thrown for 1,682 yards and 11 touchdowns in the first six weeks of the season. While he’s completing 67.5 percent of his passes, he’s also thrown five interceptions and has lost three fumbles.
Fumbling has been an issue for Minshew dating back to last year when he fumbled the ball 13 times, losing seven of them. It also doesn’t help that Minshew’s play under center isn’t resulting in wins for the Jaguars, who are currently 1-5 this season.
If Jacksonville ends up with one of the top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, then most people expect the Jaguars to take one of the incoming quarterback prospects. And even though Jacksonville doesn’t have a viable option behind him, Minshew could be nearing the end of his time as the team’s starting quarterback.