Last week, Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew, who started in place of Nick Foles against the Ravens, had a lot of struggles, as he completed only 7 of 14 passes for 46 yards in a 29-0 loss to Baltimore.
What a difference a week makes. Against the Eagles on Thursday night, Minshew, who was selected by the Jaguars in the sixth round out of Washington State in this year’s draft, again got the start, and this time, he looked like a different guy.
In three quarters of action, he completed 19 of 29 passes for 202 yards, and while the Jaguars would lose to the visiting Eagles 24-10 at TIAA Stadium, Minshew was a bright spot for the team.
“With Gardner [Minshew] tonight I was happy,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said after the game. “He got us out of four things that a lot of young quarterbacks are not going to be able to do. He’s a bright kid, a smart kid. I think that he showed he got better from the week before.
According to Minshew, he felt much more comfortable this week against the Eagles.
“Going back and watching the film, seeing that we weren’t that far off and we’re even closer still,” Minshew said. “We still got a lot of things we can do better. Definitely getting a lot more confident…
“The more reps you get, the more comfortable it is. The less foreign it is to you and hopefully continues to get easier from here.”
Although Minshew only led the Jaguars on one scoring drive, which was a field goal, the team has to be happy with what they saw out of Minshew, especially considering how he looks against the Ravens the week before.
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