Midseason AFC South quarterback rankings: Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence lead the pack

Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence (16) looks for an open receiver downfield while being pressured
Jacksonville Jaguars Trevor Lawrence (16) looks for an open receiver downfield while being pressured / Michael Longo/For USA Today Network /
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The Jacksonville Jaguars currently lead the AFC South and have one of the records in the NFL heading into their BYE. One big reason for their success is the presence of Trevor Lawrence, who's quickly ascended into the top echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

While Lawrence's place as a top-10 quarterback is up for debate, there's no doubt he's the best passer in the division right now. You could make the case that C.J. Stroud or even Anthony Richardson will challenge Steeze Trev for the division but the truth is that both still need a year or two to reach their respective ceiling.

So Lawrence is the best quarterback in the AFC South right now but where does that leave Stroud or Will Levis, who just made his pro debut against the Atlanta Falcons and won? With eight weeks in the books, now is a good time to look at how every starting signal-caller in the division ranks.

Midseason AFC South QB No. 4: Gardner Minshew, Indianapolis Colts

Gardner Minshew is a vested veteran who can come off the bench at any time and win a couple of games. However, he showed in 2020 that he's not a quarterback that can consistently win games. The Jaguars know this first-hand. Following a promising rookie season, Minshew came crashing down the following year.

Once Jacksonville drafted Trevor Lawrence in 2021, Minshew was shipped to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent two seasons backing up Jalen Hurts. He became a free agent this free agency and followed Shane Steichen — his offensive coordinator in Philly — to Indianapolis.

Minshew started the season behind Anthony Richardson but he stepped in his place when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Although the former Washington Cougar has previously fared well in a relief role, he's completed 61.65 percent of his passes for 1,0002 yards with five touchdowns and a concerning nine interceptions since taking over at quarterback in Week 5.

Without any other viable options, the Colts will need to keep leaning on Minshew but once Anthony Richardson returns, he'll get his job back.