Jaguars looking for a “big jump” from Gardner Minshew

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The Jaguars’ trade of Nick Foles to the Bears for a fourth-round draft choice became official Tuesday. That leaves Gardner Minshew as the Jaguars’ starter.

Minshew earned the job, going 6-6 as a rookie.

The Jaguars believe Minshew is capable of even more this season. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have traded Foles.

“Obviously, we want to see a big jump,” Marrone said. “We’re excited for him. It’s a great opportunity. He’s not going to change the way he is. He’s a hard-working kid who has a lot of potential. We’ve got to make sure everyone around him is doing their job and doing it at a high level.”

Minshew will have to learn a new offense with Jay Gruden taking over as offensive coordinator. The team’s offseason program is scheduled to begin April 20, but it will be virtual instead of on-field.

“When Phase 1 [of the offseason program] actually opens up, then we’ll be able to get our players material that they need,” Marrone said. “Obviously, there are going to be some new things that we’re going to have to learn.

“Gardner works at a very high level, so I’m not concerned about that. He’s working extremely hard. He’s doing everything he can [right now]. I think we’ve just got to get him in here and start practicing at some point and see what he can do as far as with him and Jay and the system – and what he likes, what we’ve got to get him better at, improve at, then really work him on the things he did well – and really fine tune a lot of those things.”

7 responses to “Jaguars looking for a “big jump” from Gardner Minshew

  1. Lets be real, he performed way better than expected.
    They can hope for a big jump, but if they can get a mid-tier2 QB they should be happy.
    He cost a low pick, costs little money, and replaces Bortles.

  2. He was better than Kyler Murray last year. Murray got a ton of hype and played in the same system he did at Oklahoma. Minshew came in and learned a new system, flashed alot of ability.

  3. He might be able to make a big jump if their GM ever got a clue and realized they need some offensive linemen. It’s hard for any QB to succeed with an offensive line as bad as the Jags. It’s even hard when you have $33M in dead money. Cam Robinson is probably their best OL, which isn’t saying much. They spent big money on Andrew Norwell and his performance this past season was underwhelming. Linder was a 3rd round draft choice in 2014. A.J. Cann was a 3rd round pick in 2015. Jawaan Taylor was a 2nd round pick in 2019. Their backups are so bad they probably wouldn’t make the cut on any other team in the league. It’s hard to establish a running game when your OL can’t block. It’s also hard for the QB to do anything when your OL can’t block. If they don’t address that OL in this draft they are stupid. They completely ignored it during the free agency period so there’s nothing to indicate they will do anything in the draft again except draft more defensive linemen and ignore the OL yet again.

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