Jaguars Quarterbacks 2020: Entering the great unknown
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback situation provides the front office with plenty to think about heading into the 2020 season.
As odd as it seems, the Jacksonville Jaguars are in one of the best situations in the NFL at the quarterback position and one of the worst, Who starts the 2020 season really depends on the system new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden installs and which signal-caller shows they can lead this team in OTAs and training camp.
This is one of those competitions that should go down to the wire, one that causes many sleepless nights for head coach Doug Marrone because of the potential for controversy and just how close a call it might be.
As of now, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew, and Josh Dobbs are on the roster. That, however, could change as teams look to possibly inquire about the veteran quarterback. I doubt seriously (like betting the mortgage) Minshew would be a topic of trade discussion the front office would listen to.
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Both players could thrive in Gruden’s system, with Minshew potentially gaining the most from the west coast system of short and intermediate passes. Foles’ strong arm and deep-ball ability make him a threat with any type of passing game, as long as he has time in the pocket to get his feet set and release the ball.
Because of the line issues, the Jaguars suffered through this season, I’d give the edge to Minshew right now based on his mobility.
"Per Jaguars.com, “Minshew completed 285 of 470 passes for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions. Foles went 0-4 as a starter, completing 77 of 117 passes for 736 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.”"
Having a 4,000-yard quarterback with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions would make any head coach happy. But Gruden will be tasked with finding more consistency in the offense, the passing and running game, and finding a way to score in the red zone.
Minshew won all six games for the Jaguars last season and won more games than any other rookie in the NFL in 2019. It will continue to be a “healthy” storyline until a starter is decided.
"“The Jaguars have multiple options – including naming Minshew the starter, naming Foles the starter, opening the position to competition and/or drafting a quarterback,” John Oehser adds.“How the Jaguars assess the position in the coming weeks and the moves they make after making that assessment remain the key questions around the franchise moving forward.”"