Jacksonville Will Stay With Second-Year QB As Starter For Now
On last week, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon said that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a great place for free agent Cam Newton to go and compete for the starting position. He felt as if Jaguars current starter Gardner Minshew II had not solidified his place amongst current starting quarterbacks in the NFL.
According to NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King, that logic is not in line with what Jacksonville has in its future plans. King wrote on his blog, "Football Morning In America" that the Jags plan on sticking with Minshew II for the foreseeable future.
“They really want to give Gardner Minshew II a real shot,” a close associate of Jacksonville General Manager Dave Caldwell told King.
This decision comes as veteran quarterback Nick Foles was traded to the Chicago Bears this off-season after spending one season with the Jags, clearing the way for Minshew II to be the full-time starter once the season begins. Jacksonville signed the Super Bowl LII MVP to a four-year contract worth $88 million, with $50.1 million guaranteed back in 2019.
Minshew II finished his rookie season with a .500 record (6-6) and threw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns. He will have a lot to prove in the quarterback heavy AFC South competing against the likes of Deshaun Watson (Texans), Philip Rivers (Colts), and Ryan Tannehill (Titans).