The Jaguars are fortunate to have not one but two potential starting quarterbacks on their roster. But if the team does seek another arm, there are plenty to choose from.
As we learned last season opinion and reality regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback situation are often not the same.
The injury factor plays a significant role as well. The team’s expensive free agent, Nick Foles, was injured immediately and never really recovered, losing 10 weeks of the season. Late-round draft choice, Gardner Minshew, played better than expected and won the hearts of the fan base and the local and national media. Joshua Dobbs, Jacksonville’s third-string quarterback, is an unknown quantity at this point.
All three arms will be evaluated during training camp and it’s possible that another may be added to the mix. The Jaguars coaching staff will have a tough time making a decision over who the starter will be, given both Foles and Minshew have proven they can win in the NFL. When looking at or evaluating talent, the front office is no hurry to add an arm, either through free agency or the NFL Draft.
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Should that happen, the Jaguars will look for a player with multiple qualities who can fit into the system new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will implement such as accuracy, arm strength, the ability to read defenses and athleticism.
According to howtheyplay.com, “The first quality of an elite NFL quarterback is a combination of superior arm strength and finely tuned touch. The main purpose of the quarterback is to distribute the ball to other skill players in a manner by which the other skill players can advance the ball down the field.”
While Foles has a stronger arm than Minshew, the younger quarterback is more athletic and able to move around in the pocket to make plays on the run.
It is unlikely that the Jaguars will be in the market for one of the elite free-agent quarterbacks such as Philip Rivers or Marcus Mariota. There are several experienced backups that are possible but unlikely candidates like Mike Glennon of the Las Vegas Raiders, Jeff Driskel of the Detroit Lions, and A.J. McCarron of the Houston Texans. Several old friends such as Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, and Josh McCown are available as well. If the Jaguars take an additional quarterback it may be in the draft.
This brings us to the NFL college draft class of 2020. I don’t think the Jaguars will use a high draft choice on a quarterback unless something very unusual happens during the first round. In looking at the second tier prospects, only one stood out as a good fit for the Jaguars. James Morgan from FIU (Florida International University) is 6’ 4” and 223 pounds and has the size and a strong arm to compete in the NFL.
Although quarterback is not a position of a desperate need for this team, they might take a chance on a late-round player or some lucky break could allow a highly rated player to fall in their lap.