Which is the kind of thing that could make you a garbage-time all-star in fantasy circles. Sometimes, I think it's best to take a look at the other side. "I don't care.

But I don't understand why a lot of people seem to be banking on this, like it's the no-brainer route forward. the bobbing-and-weaving touchdown pass in Denver. Not just for the moxie and swagger that endear him to so many people inside and outside of the building. That's my guy.". Flint Minshew was a Halloween costume. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A year ago this week, Minshew Mania took flight. And that's a light that I keep turned off, the light that goes outside. "He tries to learn from it and turn it into a positive.". The hair. ET, NFL Network). This offseason, he embarked on a partnership with Snickers and Travelcamp, which loaned him an RV for a cross-country trip in January. And if he made a bad throw, was uncertain about why a defender acted in a certain way, or threw an interception, he'd talk to players on the defense. He was a guy you never heard of at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars 49.0% completion percentage, 16.7 yards per attempt, 129.0 Passer Rating Gardner Minshew has one of …

That's right: Minshew is indeed the Jags' quarterback of the future. "What are you thinking here? Bottom line: Gardner Flint Minshew II is a starting NFL quarterback -- and a good one at that. I know the accountant that comes in and works his butt off and tries to get the team and all that stuff.

It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. He knows he has a lot to learn. Minshew also threw more touchdown passes than Murray (21 to 20), while hurling half the interceptions (6 to 12).

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(For proof of the latter, check out the clip with Minshew lip-syncing Celine Dion's 1996 hit "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," done for ESPN's Football is Back promo.

"He has the look, he has the swag, he has the arm and he has the plays to make -- to be who I consider a great quarterback in the NFL. Gardner is the guy who, when asked about a brief stay on the reserve/COVID-19 list, said: "Did not contact the virus. The headband. How are you running this? The 'stach. • Why Hopkins honors Denmark Vesey Adam Rank reveals his ranking of the top five quarterback-receiver duos in the NFL right now. And if I can't be in here, then I am going to figure out how I can get better at home and how I can participate from home. Adam Rank says Cam Newton is making it OK to hop aboard the Patriots bandwagon. Embrace it, Jacksonville! The aim wasn't really to be the defending national champion's starting quarterback -- after all, the Crimson Tide QB room already featured Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts -- but rather to gain valuable knowledge in the prolific program and essentially jump-start a career in coaching.

He's like a movie character. • '96 Jets say culture change needed Gardner Minshew became an NFL folk hero as a rookie, but in Year 2, he'll truly establish himself as the Jaguars' franchise quarterback.

Or the RV trip, or the flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, or that he kind of sounds a bit like Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.". He's got a lot to learn. • Giants' Judge has some Philly fans Full disclosure: I learned all of this when I sat down to write this column. While Murray's athleticism is widely celebrated, Minshew doesn't get his due respect in this area.

Adam Rank acknowledges this Chicago Bears season has seemed less enchanted so far than last year's campaign -- but he still sees Matt Nagy's crew reaching the playoffs in 2019.

But still, all of this shows how tough the quarterback position has been for the Jags, who needed to break their highest-paid player in order to uncover the (sixth-round) quarterback of the future.

"He [Minshew] was bigger than life, then all of a sudden, he hit the field -- now he's going to still have fun -- but it was business," said Leach, now the coach at Mississippi State.

They'd essentially run plays: Minshew would give a playcall and then he'd ask where everyone is lining up, what their assignment was, and any adjustments they had to make.
The Jaguars have their guy.

He really gets into Dion's lyrics. While he still jokes around and laughs with his teammates in the locker room, he's all business when it comes to football. Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team's most impactful injury, Giants' Joe Judge, from Philly area, has converted some Eagles fans, Blast from past: '96 Jets (1-15) say current team 'shouldn't be this bad', Why Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins honors Denmark Vesey on his helmet, Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer getting bird's eye view of Wilson's brilliance, Falcons' Raheem Morris is auditioning to earn another head coaching job. He did a postgame interview on the NFL Network and joined Scott Van Pelt live on SportsCenter.

True, Foles' ill fate did lead to Minshew Mania, which did for jorts what Nirvana did for flannel.

I know that inside the building, when he's here, he's [a] focused individual now.

This season is his chance to prove he can be the long-term starter so the Jaguars don't need to draft a quarterback (such as Clemson's Trevor Lawrence) in the first round in 2021. I know Jacksonville could miss the playoffs again and go looking at one of the young quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Let's be honest: Gardner looks like an AEW jobber. How about the pair of great-escape TD strikes against the Jets? Not to mention, he routinely pulled off Houdini acts in and around the pocket. The Bengals and Browns just played a fun game, the Steelers are back and the Ravens remain spectacular. Saints given go-ahead to have fans starting Sun. Is Tua Tagovailoa ready to become Miami's biggest star since Dan Marino? Minshew got off to a great start in the season opener, completing 19 of 20 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in an upset of Indianapolis. He wears jorts and makes plays. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. In fact, a member of our social media team showed up on Oct. 31 dressed up as Minshew's dad. Following an injury to starter Nick Foles in the opening game of 2019, Minshew took over starting duties until Foles returned later in the … Defensive end Josh Allen, the team's first-round pick last year, had to force himself to stop raving about Minshew. For Jacksonville, finding a FRANCHISE QB has become one of those Holy Grail quests. He works extremely hard with his fundamentals [and] with what we're putting in front of him from a playbook standpoint. Calif. to allow fans at outdoor pro sports events, What Tom Brady's jerseys have meant to him and lessons he's learned along the way, A four-win NFC East champ? This site is neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with Jacksonville Jaguars or NFL Properties LLC. Minshew, a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, outplayed first-round rookie quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones -- Minshew had a better passer rating and threw the fewest interceptions -- and went 6-6 as a starter in 2019. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. He has the whole team, the whole organization behind him. After training camp practices, Minshew took time to talk to tight end Tyler Eifert, who played in Gruden's offense for one year in Cincinnati, to make sure they were in agreement on what they were seeing on the field, and if not, why. He played college football at East Carolina before transferring to Washington State, and was drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The important takeaway here is that, like Murray's Cardinals, the Jaguars have a signal-caller to build around.