One of the 2019 season's most pleasant surprises turned into a big disappointment for the Jaguars in 2020, and now Minshew is hoping to hang on as a backup to Trevor Lawrence. Minshew fell out of favor in Jacksonville after going 1-6 in the first seven games, and after throwing six touchdowns in the first two, he had just 10 in his next seven games. Maybe Minshew gets traded and can rediscover the form that made him such a compelling watch as a rookie, but unless he somehow emerges as a starter he doesn't have any Fantasy appeal.
Minshew took the first snap of training camp Wednesday during 7-on-7 drills, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports. New head coach Urban Meyer may defer to veterans on the first day of camp, but there's little doubt No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence will get the Week 1 start. Minshew profiles as one of the top backup quarterbacks in the league, potentially making him a valuable trade chip if the Jaguars want to take things in that direction. The team signed C.J. Beathard to a two-year, $5 million contract this offseason, so the backup spot will be in decent hands even if Minshew isn't around. It's possible the Jaguars proceed cautiously with Lawrence this summer, given that he had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder in mid-February.
The Jaguars' signing Wednesday of quarterback C.J. Beathard could set the stage for Minshew to be traded, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Moving on from Minshew would represent a downgrade for the backup quarterback spot, but potentially worthwhile for Jacksonville if it could get draft picks or a useful veteran player in exchange for the 24-year-old. With the team widely expected to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, it's hard to imagine Minshew having any objection to a trade.
It isn't clear Minshew has a future with the Jaguars, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports. Minshew went 1-7 as a starter in his second NFL season, though his passing stats -- 66.1 completion percentage, 6.9 YPA, 16:5 TD:INT -- show a degree of competence that wasn't matched by fellow Jaguars quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Jake Luton. The team is now expected to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, potentially leaving Minshew to compete with Luton for the backup job. The Jaguars figure to explore trade opportunities this offseason, so it's possible the 2019 sixth-round pick ends up on a new team for his third NFL campaign.
Head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that Minshew will remain the Jaguars' backup quarterback behind Mike Glennon for the team's Week 17 game in Indianapolis, John Oehser of the team's official site reports. When he met with the media Monday, Marrone left the door open for Minshew to supplant Glennon as the Jaguars' Week 17 starter, but the coach ultimately elected to maintain the status quo after reviewing the game film following Sunday's loss to the Bears. Minshew has outproduced Glennon from a statistic standpoint this season -- 66.1 percent completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 16:5 TD:INT -- but the second-year signal-caller has put up a good chunk of his production in garbage time and clearly isn't viewed as the Jaguars' long-term answer at quarterback. Glennon is set to become a free agent this offseason and may not be retained, but Minshew won't have a clear path to the starting role in 2021 with Jacksonville likely to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Minshew will act as the team's backup Sunday against the Bears after it was announced Mike Glennon would start the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Minshew's relatively solid surface numbers against the Ravens last week (75.9 completion percentage, two touchdowns to one turnover) masked what was a quietly toothless Jaguars offense albeit against a difficult matchup. It's not entirely surprising to see the team turn to Glennon as the starter after both quarterbacks split first-team reps throughout the week, but considering the veteran's track record as as a below-average starter at the professional level, it's hard to imagine much will change from an offensive perspective in another difficult matchup on tap for Week 16.
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|16||12/26||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|17||01/02||@New England Patriots||5||17.88|
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