JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Gardner Minshew had no thought whether or not he was going to be the Jacksonville Jaguars’ beginning quarterback in 2020 when he left the group facility again in late December.
However he made positive over the subsequent a number of months that the group knew he must be.
“I had conversations with Dave Caldwell. I informed him, ‘Do what you suppose’s greatest for this group. I imagine that I’ll give us the most effective likelihood to win it doesn’t matter what,'” Minshew stated. “I’ve simply received to show that each day and I am excited for the chance to have the ability to show that.”
It wasn’t clear that Minshew would get that likelihood till the Jaguars agreed to phrases with veteran quarterback Mike Glennon on Could 8. By that time the Jaguars had traded Nick Foles, handed on deciding on a quarterback early within the NFL draft earlier than taking Jake Luton within the sixth spherical, and opted to not attempt to signal Cam Newton, a three-time Professional Bowler and former MVP. The Jaguars belonged to Minshew, for 2020 anyway.
It actually made no distinction in Minshew’s thoughts had the Jaguars not traded Foles or drafted a QB excessive or signed Newton. He wasn’t going to change his offseason coaching plan no matter who was on the roster.
“Nonetheless going to work the identical approach,” Minshew stated. “Nonetheless going to guide the identical approach.”
Minshew has already impressed new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden along with his work within the digital offseason program. Gruden likes the way in which Minshew has taken cost through the digital conferences and appears to be getting grasp of the offense.
“He is a shining purpose why as soon as the chance presents itself, you reap the benefits of it,” Gruden stated. “He did that, and he is put himself in an awesome place to take the Jacksonville Jaguars and lead them into the longer term. He has proven a ability set the place he can sit in a pocket, step up, make issues occur outdoors the pocket. He is correct, he is powerful and clearly he is an awesome chief, so he is received the intangibles you need in a quarterback.
“Now he is received to get to know the group, get to know the offense somewhat bit so we will all jell collectively.”
Regardless that he is studying a brand new offense, this must be a way more productive offseason for Minshew than final yr, when he was attempting to study a brand new offense and alter to the pace of the NFL on the similar time. Contemplating that he went 6-6 as a starter and had a better passer score and fewest interceptions than some other rookie quarterback regardless of studying on the fly, the expectations for Minshew are fairly excessive in 2020.
Contained in the constructing, anyway. Exterior, not a lot.
Quite a few way-too-early 2021 mock drafts predict the Jaguars may have the highest choose and take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Minshew not taking part in properly could be an enormous purpose the Jaguars could be in that spot, however it definitely would not all be on his shoulders.
However clearly the early consensus is that the Jaguars shall be one of many NFL’s worst groups this season.
“I feel it ought to put a chip on everyone’s shoulder on our group, being kinda counted out like that,” Minshew stated. “I feel we do have quite a bit to show. Show that we’re not what anyone says about us. The one individuals whose opinions matter is who’s in that huddle, who’s on that group.
“I feel we’ll set these expectations for ourselves and never fear about what anyone has to say about us.”