Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew has shown he can play.
Before the season started, the Jaguars gave Gardner Minshew a legitimate chance to show he could be their quarterback of the future. Although he struggled and the team lost six out of their seven first games in 2020, he had a solid rookie season and won six out of 12 starts.
In 2019, Minshew went 285-of-470 for 3,271, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. More importantly, he helped the Jaguars garner some national attention in a year when they didn’t have much going for them and quickly established himself as a fan favorite.
This season, he hasn’t fared as well as 2019, but he’s still played better than Mike Glennon and Jake Luton. It’s true that he struggled early in the year, but sitting the last five weeks might’ve been the best thing for him in the long term.
Minshew will have another chance to showcase his skills against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15. If he finishes the season strong, he will give the Jaguars a reason to keep him on the roster the following two years. He could also increase his trade value, but if he ends up playing well, this Jacksonville team will likely be better off keeping him.
Injuries to Dak Prescott, Joe Burrow, and Derek Carr have shown how valuable backup quarterbacks are and the Jaguars could have a good one if they keep Minshew in 2021.