Jacksonville Jaguars: Gardner Minshew is the answer, not Cam Newton
Regardless of what Warren Moon says, the Jacksonville Jaguars do not need to sign veteran quarterback Cam Newton this offseason.
Cam Newton remains a quarterback on an island waiting for the right offer to play in the NFL this coming season. The Jacksonville Jaguars remain a team with a second-year quarterback as their starter and an unproven backup who is one injury away from becoming the man charged with leading this organization.
No, this is not a match made in NFL lore.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Warren Moon gave his opinion on the situation, stating Jacksonville would be a great landing spot for Newton, who gives the struggling team a veteran at the most important position on the football field. Newton may also want to wait until after the NFL Draft to sign with a team knowing there will be changes to rosters in the coming weeks.
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And if he really wants to pursue playing for a potential contender, the New England Patriots may still be an option. Newton, free-agent signal-caller Jameis Winston, and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton have all been linked to playing for the Jaguars this coming season.
"“They have Gardner Minshew there as their starter, who is not really a solidified starter in this league yet,” Moon said via TMZ.com. “So, I still think there’s an opportunity for maybe Cam to go to a Jacksonville and be a starter there.”"
The Jacksonville Jaguars front office may very well be content marching Gardner Minshew out onto the field and seeing if he is, in fact, the answer to the team’s prayers after the Nick Foles debacle and five seasons of mediocrity or less with Blake Bortles at the helm.
This is more about what the Jaguars want to do in the next couple of weeks, not what Newton does with his future. During an interview on Jaguars.com, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah spoke with J.P. Shadrick and reiterated the franchise needs to see what they have in Minshew over a full season from start to finish.
"“I think this year is about getting a good evaluation on Gardner Minshew,” Jeremiah said. “Can he build off of last year, which was impressive and show he can be the guy going forward? That will really free this franchise up to be able to spend money in free agency and other positions, fix the defense, use your resources in next year’s draft to really, really take care of that side of the ball.”"
Jeremiah likes the Jaguars to possibly get a left tackle like Mekhi Becton from Louisville and a wide receiver to help the offense. The move to draft a tackle would move Cam Robinson inside to guard.
There is also a chance, as Jeremiah points out this team could move down in the Draft and continue to add picks for the 2021 selection process. Right now, Jacksonville has 12 picks this season. There could be more added to the haul if there is a deal worked out for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.