‘Maniac’ Minshew Sticking Around In Jacksonville, At Least For Now

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Gardner Minshew is an interesting name in the NFL at the moment. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback has starter experience (going 7-13 in two years), and has shown some success playing down in Florida.

Now though, the Jags have a new coach, Urban Meyer, and will soon have a new QB, Trevor Lawrence. So perhaps Minshew won’t be as needed as he once was.

While there’s still a number of teams around the league that could use a backup like Minshew, Meyer thus far says there is no reason for the Jaguars to move him at this point.

“At this point, no,” Meyer said when asked if the Jags were considering moving Minshew.

“At this point, I know Gardner a little bit. He came in yesterday. We had a good visit. That’s the second time I’ve spent time with him. This is all kind of new to me.

“I’m used to spending about five, six hours a day with our quarterbacks — that’s January, February, to get your quarterback ready to go, and you can’t do that in the NFL.

“But there is a lot of anticipation about the first pick, and I understand there is a lot of conversation out there. But there has been no decisions made.

“Gardner has done some very good things here in Jacksonville. And he’s a competitive maniac, which I really appreciate that about him. So there have been no decisions made. Yesterday was the first lengthy meeting we’ve had, and we’re going to continue that here for the next few weeks.”

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Jags have gotten some calls about Minshew, but it sounds like Meyer and company are happy to keep him as a backup to whomever the team drafts first overall.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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