With the untimely release of running back Leonard Fournette, the Jacksonville Jaguars are officially tanking. Before releasing Fournette, the Jaguars were cutting and trading pieces from their team, except for Gardner Minshew. Now there are only a few members of the 2017 AFC championship team that remain.
When the Jacksonville Jaguars inevitably receive the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, there is only one real option for them. That option being the best modern quarterback prospect ever, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson. If the Jaguars do pick Lawrence, that begs the question, what will happen the Gardner Minshew and his Minshew Magic?
In 2019, the Jaguars selected Gardner Minshew in the sixth round of the NFL draft. In 12 games as a starter, Gardner Minshew had a more than impressive 3300-yard season. To top it all off, he had 21 TDs and only six INTs. Minshew’s season culminated in a total QBR of 91.2 for his rookie year. Gardner Minshew put up those numbers despite Jacksonville’s terrible run game and offensive line in 2019. However, Minshew can’t reproduce his 2019 numbers with the further weakened Jacksonville roster.
Jacksonville has made more moves than any team in the offseason. Not including the numerous players, they have waived, including former fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars have also traded two key pieces on defense. Yannick Ngakoue finds himself with the Minnesota Vikings, and Ronnie Harrison headed to the Cleveland Browns in a trade. Both were starters on the Jaguars defense.
At this pace, the Jacksonville Jaguars will leave Gardner Minshew no weapons and no one to play defense. The 2020 season will tarnish and possibly ruin his reputation as a quarterback in the NFL. However, not everything may be wrong for Gardner Minshew. If Minshew can play even remotely well on this horrid Jacksonville roster, then he will prove to GMs across the nation that he can play good football.
When the Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence in the draft and force Minshew to be the backup, he will request a trade. Then he may finally be able to leave the hellhole that used to be an NFL franchise and play for an actual football team.