Minshew completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions and rushed twice for two yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Eagles.
Minshew managed only 46 passing yards in the preseason opener last week, but he looked significantly better Thursday as he played well into the third quarter. The rookie sixth-round pick is still looking to lead his first touchdown drive, but it was undoubtedly a step in the right direction as he again played with mostly second- and third-string players. According to Hays Carlyon of 1010 AM WJXL, coach Doug Marrone is increasingly encouraged by the rookie, who remains the clear favorite for the backup job at QB behind Nick Foles. "[Minshew] did a lot for me where I feel that he's done a good job," Marrone said.
Minshew completed seven of 14 passes for 46 yards and rushed twice for three yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.
Minshew played the entirety of the first half and was never able to push the ball past midfield, which the Jaguars were unable to do in the second half, as well. The rookie sixth-round pick is the favorite to secure the backup job and certainly didn't play well Thursday, but he still looked better than the QBs that followed, Tanner Lee and Alex McGough, who combined to go three of 11 for 19 yards and two interceptions. Minshew should see plenty of chances again next Thursday against the Eagles.
The Jaguars selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 178th overall.
Minshew (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) has nothing in the way of pedigree, transferring to Washington State as a graduate after starting on and off at East Carolina before that. He was very productive for the Cougars, completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,779 yards, 38 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but he doesn't show as much in the way of tools and might falter outside of the favorable Mike Leach Air Raid. Minshew completed only 57.9 percent of his passes for 6.9 YPA at East Carolina, for instance. There's not much reason to think Minshew can even compete with a Cody Kessler type, so he might be destined for the practice squad.