Jaguars Turning Back to Gardner Minshew as Starting QB

Ready or not, here comes Gardner Minshew. Whether he’ll actually make a difference as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ starting quarterback remains to be seen.

All that’s certain is that the Jaguars stink, and according to coach Doug Marrone, Minshew will return to quarterback them in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.

This is news only because the Jaguars have used three quarterbacks this season, and Minshew has been the only one who’s appeared serviceable. He suffered a thumb injury seven weeks ago. Jake Lutton replaced Minshew for three games and didn’t exactly do a bang-up job. Lutton was then replaced by Mike Glennon, who started the three games that followed.

Minshew was a sixth-round pick in 2019 and started for the Jaguars all last season. He opened this year as the starter as well, and his team quickly defeated the Indianapolis Colts. They haven’t won a game since.

The New York Jets (0-13) are the only team with a worse record, so the Jaguars are in line to draft Minshew’s successor. Ohio State’s Justin Fields comes to mind, assuming the Jets take Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. But there’s still some business to take care of before any of that, and that business will serve as an audition for Minshew and what happens next in his career.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Minshew has actually looked good when he’s played. He doesn’t have a great arm, but he’s accurate, makes plays, and takes pretty good care of the ball. That’s more than you an say for half the QBs in the league. I’m pretty sure Mahomes couldn’t win with that team, so once again the QB position is not the problem for a team that bad.

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