The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2020 offensive rookie class is paying dividends.
Hindsight is 20/20, but the Jacksonville Jaguars made the right decision when they pulled the plug on Nick Foles and let rookie Gardner Minshew II take over at quarterback in 2019. The team was simply better when the Washington State product was on the field and even though he lost six of his twelve games at the helm, his 6-6 record was better than Foles’ 4-4.
Looking forward to giving Minshew a chance to prove he could be a franchise quarterback, the Jaguars traded Foles to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a conditional fourth-round selection earlier this year.
While the Jaguars refrained from adding any impact free agents to surround Minshew with, the team more than made up for it with their 2020 rookie class. You could argue that at the time, singing tight end Tyler Eifert qualified as an impact signing, but in fact, his addition was a low-risk, high-reward move that could end up paying off. Alas, the former Cincinnati Bengal hasn’t made much of a difference in Jacksonville.
Going back to the ‘Jags’ 2020 draft class, the results have been mixed as some of their first-year offensive players have failed to distinguish themselves. Meanwhile, one of them has become one of their most exciting players to watch on Sunday and one undrafted free agent the team added has made a name for himself in Jacksonville and is among the top players at his position.
While it takes more than seven games to evaluate how good a draft class is or isn’t, we can definitely take a look at how those first-year players have performed during that span, so let’s see how the Jaguars offensive rookies have played after seven weeks of NFL football.