Marrone on Minshew: ‘I think obviously we want to see a big jump’

“Minshew Mania” will hopefully be on full display for the Jaguars in 2020. After trading Nick Foles to the Bears, the Jacksonville Jaguars have become Minshew’s team. 

As a rookie, Minshew played reasonably well. Among rookies quarterbacks, the sixth-round pick was second in passing yards(3271), second in touchdown passes(21), and first in wins(6).

In 2019, Minshew’s performance surprised a lot of people, but now, this is his team, and what is expected will be totally different than last season. According to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, the Jaguars hope Minshew takes that next step in 2020.

“Well, I think, obviously, we want to see a big jump,” Marrone said on a conference call on Tuesday. “Right now, we’re at a time where, again, we’re still in the dead period, so until phase one actually opens up, then we’ll be able to get our players the materials that they need.

“Obviously, it’s going to be some new things that we’re going to have to learn, but Gardner has always been … He works at a really high level, so I’m not concerned about that. I talked to a couple players, texted Gardner, but he’s working extremely hard, and he’s doing everything he can, safety-wise, and I think we just have to get him in here, start practicing at some point, and see what he can do, as far as with him and [Offensive Coordinator] Jay [Gruden], and the system, what he likes, what we have to get him better and improve at, then work on the things that he did well and really fine-tune a lot of those things. We’re excited for him. It’s a great opportunity. He’s not going to change the way he is; he’s a hard-working kid, and he’s got a lot of potential, and we have to make sure that everyone around him is doing their job and doing it at a high level.”

The Jaguars are going to very young at the quarterback position. Currently, the only other quarterback on their roster is Joshua Dobbs, 25, who they acquired in a trade with the Steelers last season. 

Minshew was a revelation last season, and if he does grow as a player, Jacksonville has a quarterback. If not, then it’s back to the drawing board for this franchise. 

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