How bad is the Jacksonville Jaguars QB situation?
What would happen if Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew went down with an injury? Is the QB situation in Jacksonville that bad?
The Jacksonville Jaguars organization is all in when it comes to Gardner Minshew and the upcoming NFL season.
As the quarterback arrived at TIAA Bank Field this week with other veterans to gear up for the team’s training camp, a lot rides on the signal caller’s ability to pick up the new offensive game plan installed by Jay Gruden and may substantial progress in his second year in the league.
The Jaguars believe in Minshew to the point the current quarterback room consists of himself, Joshua Dobbs – a player the team traded for last season who has little NFL experience, a journeyman in Mike Glennon, and a rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton, who figures to be a developmental type of player.
To say there would be a great concern if Minshew went down with an injury is a slight understatement.
According to Dustin Baker of NFL Spin Zone, the situation with the Jaguars at the most important position on the field is one of the worst in the league this season.
"“Make no mistake — Gardner Minshew was a good quarterback in 2019. He was also a fun signal-caller during his bubbly run,” he writes.“Furthermore, he will not be a crummy quarterback all of a sudden in 2020. What has not been realized by the masses is that AFC South defensive coordinators have had a full offseason to prepare for Minshew. The 24-year-old from Washington State does not possess any special traits that intimidate said coordinators. This does not mean Minshew is predictable or even mediocre; it just means coordinators have spent their careers readying for a player like him.”"
At this moment, wondering if opposing teams have figured Minshew out is the topic all national media members love to talk about. And whether the former Washington State star can make believers out of them could become a feel-good story we follow as fans.
But for argument’s sake, if Minshew goes down with an injury or proves to be ineffective, then there will be major problems Gruden and the offensive coaching staff must deal with.
Glennon has been a starter in this league. Dobbs is highly regarded for his knowledge but is really raw. Luton, like Minshew, was drafted in the sixth round, but bringing in another shocking success story is highly unlikely.
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"“There is a much better chance that Minshew’s 2019 prosperity was lightning-in-a-bottle than the prospect of him prolonging the success for another year,” Baker adds. “He will have D.J. Chark to prop up his stock, so that is encouraging. But the pleasure in the relationship will grow one-sided and feel like Chark is the main attraction.”"
I personally believe the connection between Chark and Minshew will be a highlight not only with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest of the NFL.
When the Jaguars announced the team had signed Glennon, head coach Doug Marrone said having Glennon in the quarterback room gave him a sense of comfort. It also means another veteran in a room with younger arms. The competition is what Marrone is looking for more than anything.
"“In 2019, the Jaguars ranked about the middle of the pack for quarterback play via passer rating. Minshew may surprise all and develop into an imposing signal-caller, but his draft position from 2019 and his arsenal of offensive weapons in 2020 indicate he will probably be an average career quarterback,” Baker wrote."
Jaguars fans hope mediocrity isn’t the standard Minshew displays this coming season. They also hope it does not become a situation where their favorite player doesn’t go down with an injury. It worked out last season when Minshew took the NFL by storm. This year, the Jaguars may not have that luxury.