Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew’s continuing improvement on the field has moved him up the most recent FanSided.com quarterback rankings.
The Jaguars continue to rise in the latest NFL Power Poll as does their cult hero quarterback.
In his most recent story for FanSided.com, Matt Verderame continues to move Gardner Minshew up the list of starting quarterbacks in the NFL. This week, the rookie sensation comes in 18th in the league, four spots higher than where he was last week.
It was Minshew’s arm and Leonard Fournette’s legs that engineered a 26-24 come-from-behind win over the Denver Broncos on the road. While Fournette set a personal record for yards on the ground with 225, it was Minshew who threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter to give Jacksonville a 20-17 lead.
Even with all the off-field excitement about Minshew’s persona and his celebrity, he has become a steady influence in the Jaguars offense. Not bad for a guy who had questionable arm strength coming out of a college that dropped him to the sixth round of the NFL Draft.
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"“Minshew is flying up the rankings,” Verderame writes. “There’s no reason not to love what we’re seeing from the rookie sixth-rounder. Minshew can make all the throws, he plays with poise, he wins off-schedule and from the pocket, and most importantly, he is getting the job done. The kid is on pace for 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. Good luck to Nick Foles getting his job back.”"
Those were numbers that were supposed to be reserved for Nick Foles prior to the season, but the free-agent prize who signed a four-year, $88-million deal this offseason played 10 snaps before a broken collar bone ended his 2019 campaign.
I’m not at that point yet to write about a quarterback controversy here in Jacksonville, but after their trip to London in November, the Jaguars coaching staff and the front office may need to think about this with serious consideration.
Until then, let’s enjoy the ride.
Minshew threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also sacked five times during the game.
For the season, Minshew has thrown for 905 yards and seven touchdowns with only one interception. He has a 106.9 QBR which ranks sixth in the league.