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Jaguars showed belief in rookie QB Minshew Thursday

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We know that the Jacksonville Jaguars are fully committed to Nick Foles being their leader at quarterback. However on Thursday, they made an interesting commitment to another new QB, as well.

That’s when the Jaguars not only announced the signing of sixth round pick QB Gardner Minshew out of Washington State, but also the release of last year’s veteran backup quarterback, Cody Kessler:

First on Minshew (shown in the snowy game with rival Washington last year). He was a graduate transfer from East Carolina, and had a fantastic one season for Mike Leach’s “Air Raid Offense” at Washington State a year ago.

Minshew was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year leading the country in passing yards per game (367.6), and third nationally in completion percentage at 71%. He was fourth in touchdown passes with 38, and Washington State set a school and Pac 12 record with 4,898 yards of offense with Minshew throwing  for at least 400 yards in 6 games.

Finally, Minshew finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting for 2018, as well.

Obviously, Coach Doug Marrone and new offensive coordinator John Defilippo loved Minshew enough not only to draft him, but to believe that he can step in, if needed for the upcoming season. That’s because the Jaguars don’t have another very experienced quarterback with virtual unknowns Tanner Lee and Alex McGough, as the other options at the moment.

The Jaguars turned to Cody Kessler after benching starter Blake Bortles in November, and he went 2 – 2 but was largely ineffective trying to throw the ball. He finished with just 709 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions in five games played.

Obviously, Jacksonville is counting on Foles, who was the Super Bowl 52 MVP for the Eagles in their win over the Patriots. That was with Defilippo having been his quarterback coach in Philadelphia.

The former Eagles backup got $25 million to sign with the Jags in March with a fully guaranteed additioanl $15 million salary for 2020, too.

So, that’s definitely a commitment.

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