Jaguars not fielding Gardner Minshew trade offers “at this point”

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The Jaguars are all but certain to use the first overall pick in this year’s draft on quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but that inevitability isn’t going to lead them to part ways with Gardner Minshew just yet.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer delivered that message during a Friday press conference in Jacksonville. Meyer was asked if the team is fielding trade offers for Minshew.

“At this point, no,” Meyer said.

Meyer said he met with Minshew this week and values his competitiveness, but the imminent arrival of a player the Jaguars hope will be a franchise quarterback and the phrasing of Meyer’s answer suggests that the team’s stance could change before they go into the season with Minshew on their roster.

11 responses to “Jaguars not fielding Gardner Minshew trade offers “at this point”

  1. Why would they trade him? They will need a backup for Lawrence and who are they going to get that’s better than Minshew that doesn’t cost a lot more? He’s actually the perfect backup – talented enough to win you some games if Lawrence gets injured, inexpensive and he already knows your system. No brainer to keep him.

  2. Smart. Minshew would be the perfect backup to have around if Lawrence goes all Ryan Leaf.

  3. I believe if they draft Lawrence, Meyer has no intention of just handing the starting QB job to him. Lawrence will have to “sit and learn” unless he demonstrates to Meyer that he is actually an NFL-ready QB. The Jags can win with Minshew if he has the talent around him.

  4. Given the number of so called can’t miss QBs who flat out bomb, keeping Minshew, at less than a milion/yr, is cheap insurance.

  5. Minshew, given good coaching and even an average offensive line, could be the next big thing. Instead he toils in Stuckyville with a horrible staff (before) and terrible roster. He needs a chance.

  6. jojomogir says:
    March 19, 2021 at 9:27 am
    Why would they trade him? They will need a backup for Lawrence and who are they going to get that’s better than Minshew that doesn’t cost a lot more? He’s actually the perfect backup – talented enough to win you some games if Lawrence gets injured, inexpensive and he already knows your system. No brainer to keep him.

    I agree with your other points, but they have a new head coach and offense coordinator- he does not know their system.

  7. The Jaguars would be wise to keep him around as a low-priced backup. But from his perspective, he would obviously want to leave a team that’s about to hand the keys to the franchise to someone else. I still think he can be a good quarterback in the league given the right circumstances.

  8. There are several head coaches who are either on the hot seat, or getting close. Urban Meyer isn’t one of them. He has at least 4-5 years to build the organization the way he wants, before he even has to think about job security. So he’s going to try to do things the right way. Some guys will make short term moves that are devastating to the long term well being of the franchise, but they’re under pressure to do so. Minshew is a really good young QB. He’s good enough to win super bowls. However, Trevor Lawrence is a once in 20 years type QB. He’s a guy more than capable of winning several super bowls. But maybe Meyer thinks the right way to do things is to solidify your offensive line and your defense, before putting Lawrence on the field. It’s one thing for a young QB to step into a situation where everyone else in the huddle knows what they’re doing. It’s quite different when nobody in the huddle is really sure about their blocking assignments or blitz pickups. Minshew, being a savvy veteran will probably be a better QB for the first 9-10 games. Lawrence, as talented as he is, will learn very quickly. Even though Meyer has job security, he’s trying to win the super bowl this year. He might need Gardner Minshew to accomplish his goals. In the perfect world, Minshew will show enough this year to fetch a decent return on a trade. I mean, this dude jumped on the field as a rookie and should have been Rookie of the Year. And that was with no experience. Then the wheels started coming off the franchise, and everything changed. Now, with experience, he’s even better, so I believe Minshew has an excellent future as an NFL starter. Just not with Jacksonville.

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