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Author: Jon Kuzma
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When Nick Foles went down with a broken left clavicle it was the Jacksonville Jaguars worst nightmare. The team would have to turn to rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew who was drafted in the 6th round. Minshew led the NCAA with 367 passing yards per game and racked up a number of awards along the way (Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year).
But it was his lack of experience that was concerning for Doug Marrone and his coaching staff. So this could’ve went either way but Mishew picked up right where he left off by throwing for 275 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. That’s pretty good for a backup quarterback and it‘s starting to feel like Mishew is good enough to be a full-time starter. Now Jacksonville might be a little reluctant to hand the reins to the young signal caller because they have Foles under contract to at least 2021. However we’ve seen a similar situation in the past when Tom Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe and the rest is history. Like Foles Bledsoe had just signed roughly a $100M contract six months before that setback occurred. And we all know that the torch never went back to Bledsoe. The same exact thing could happen in Jacksonville and it’s because Mishew’s game is refined after coming out of Mike Leach’s system at Washington State. You could see everything he was taught on display against the Chiefs and now he’ll try to do the same thing Sunday against the Houston Texans.
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Gardner Minshew has a chance to shock the world in Jacksonville.