According to Jason La Canfora, while the Jaguars have not told sixth-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew what their plans are, there’s “a very real chance” they elect to stick with Minshew as the starter ahead of big-ticket free-agent addition QB Nick Foles.
Ian Rapoport reports that a lot for Minshew rides on today’s game against the Texans in London. If Minshew continues his strong play, it bolsters his case to remain the starter. If he struggles, it opens the door for Foles.
Minshew has been a revelation for Jacksonville since taking over for Foles, who broke his clavicle Week 1. He’s on pace for over 4,000 passing yards and has thrown 13 touchdowns to only two interceptions. The Jaguars are currently 4-4.
La Canfora adds the team has been impressed with how Minshew has attacked the playbook and allowed the Jaguars to expand their offense. Jacksonville has also been impressed with how Minshew has turned down several marketing opportunities to focus on football this season, per La Canfora.
Foles is expected to be healthy and ready to play in Week 11, which is when Jacksonville will have to make its decision.
Minshew, 23, was drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round out of Washington State in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year rookie deal worth $2.7 million and will make base salaries of $495,000 and 585,000 the next two seasons.
In 2019, Minshew has appeared in eight games for the Jaguars and completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,976 yards (7.6 YPA), 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also added 38 carries for 201 yards rushing.
We’ll have more on the Jaguars quarterback situation as the news is available.