• Brian L. Barefield

Jags RB Fournette Thinks Team Should Sign A Former NFL MVP Quarterback

Let’s just go ahead and call it what it is. Free agent quarterback Cam Newton and the Jacksonville Jaguars is either a potential match made in heaven or one destined for hell. Either way it’s the story that just keeps on giving.

On last week I reported that former NFL quarterback Warren Moon thought that the Jags would be a team Cam could go to and compete for the starting position. No sooner than that report hit the web, Jacksonville’s front office retorts by saying that they have full confidence in second-year starter Gardner Minshew II to lead the team.

In order to finish the trifecta of this Cam-Jags merry go-round, Jacksonville’s star running back Leonard Fournette has thrown his support behind signing Newton to the team to push Minshew II for the starting job.

Fournette appeared on ESPN's "First Take" to make his feelings known on the former Carolina Panthers signal-caller being his future teammate.

“Cam went to the Super Bowl,” Fournette said. “He’s a great guy. I’ve been knowing Cam for a minute now. And like I told some people that talked to me, it’s no disrespect to [Gardner Minshew]. I’m just trying to get in the best position as a team as we can [to] win.

“That’s all that was about. Just friendly competition ’cause that brings out the best in people.”

Newton has fully recovered from a foot injury that kept him off the field for 14 games in 2020, while Minshew II took over play-calling duties after Week 1 of the season when starter Nick Foles went down with a broken left clavicle. Foles was traded this off-season to the Chicago Bears.

Jacksonville has two picks (9 & 20) in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23. Could one of those be used on a quarterback? Or will they take the advice of Moon and Fournette and bring in the former NFL MVP, Cam Newton?

Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone agrees with Fournette that bringing in some competition either by the draft or free agency may be a positive.

"Do I want competition for him [Minshew II]? Absolutely,” coach Marrone said during a pre-draft press conference on Thursday.

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