Finding a quarterback in the NFL is never easy, and for Jacksonville Jaguars, finding a franchise quarterback has been a struggle. Last season, the Jaguars thought they found it when they signed Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles, but that did not work out. Foles would be injured in the first game of the season, came back, and struggled.
From there, the Jaguars turned to an unlikely player, which was sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew, and Jacksonville was so impressed by his play, that they traded Foles away to the Bears for a fourth-round pick this offseason. Minshew, who was 6-6 as a starter in 2019, has an opportunity to establish himself as the team’s franchise quarterback, and according to RT Jawaan Taylor, the team is looking forward to seeing Minshew lead the way.
“Gardner came in with a lot of energy, and he was a great leader,” Taylor said via a conference call or Tuesday. “Once he came in, we all rallied around him and supported him all the way through the season. He made a lot of great plays for us, and we are looking forward to seeing what he will do for us in the future. As a young offense, we all just practice hard and play together. We are getting better, and we are just building right now.”
Minshew will have even more success in 2020 if the Jaguars’ offensive line plays well, and Taylor feels that will happen.
“We just keep pushing forward and getting better as a unit,” Taylor said. [Offensive Line] Coach “[George] Warhop is doing a great job with us, [Head] Coach [Doug] Marrone and all the other coaches around. They are doing a great job with us. We are just building. I love the guys around me. They helped me have a great rookie year. I learned a lot from them, just coming in under all the vets’ wings and learning the game of football at a higher standpoint. Right now, we are just building and getting better every single day.”
Minshew is a mobile guy, but every quarterback needs protection, so if the offensive line gets it done, Minshew has an opportunity to take that next step.