Gardner Minshew is entering his first offseason as the starting quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and he's not wasting any time despite the coronavirus causing limitations this offseason. On Monday, Minshew was seen working out with D.J. Chark and Chris Conley.
Looks like the Jags got a workout in yesterday. D.J. Chark posted this via IG as he was joined by Gardner Minshew, Chris Conley and some others. pic.twitter.com/xufRBGxUzi
— James Johnson (@SportsGrind_Don) June 16, 2020
Last offseason, the Jaguars selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While he was expected to be the backup to Nick Foles, Minshew was quickly thrust into the starting role due to Foles sustaining a shoulder injury in Week 1.
Altogether, in the 12 starts he made as a rookie, Minshew would throw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The rookie out of Washington State would also win the most Offensive Rookie of the Week honors in 2019.
Even though the Jaguars had a dismal season in 2019, Minshew flashed a ton of upside moving forward. At the same time, he proved to have immediate chemistry with Chark once he stepped in for Foles.
With Minshew throwing him the ball for the majority of the year, Chark would have a breakout season in 2019. The second-year wideout would post 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. This came after having only 14 receptions for 174 yards as a rookie in 2018.
On the other hand, in his first season with the Jaguars after signing with them in free agency, Conley would record a career-high 47 catches for 775 yards and five touchdowns. His 16.5 yards per reception was also a career-best for the former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver.
After trading Foles to the Chicago Bears this offseason, the Jaguars have high hopes for Minshew next season. Even amid the unusual circumstances of the offseason, Minshew is building a better rapport with his wide receivers.