Eagles acquire Minshew from Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded QB Gardner Minshew II to the Philadelphia Eagles, the club announced today.

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jacksonville gets a conditional sixth round draft pick, which can become a fifth rounder for the Jaguars if Minshew plays 50% in three games.

Minshew, who battled rookie Trevor Lawrence for the starting quarterback position in Jacksonville, started eight games for the Jaguars last season and now has an opportunity to be the backup quarterback to Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia.

It’s no surprise that the 25-year-old Minshew was dealt. It seemed like it was just a matter of time. Additionally, it’s no surprise that Philadelphia was in the market for another quarterback.

Nick Mullens, who the Eagles released after the Minshew trade, was not very good in the preseason, and Joe Flacco has been just okay, so it should be interesting to see what the Eagles do next with Flacco.

At this point, outside of Lawrence, the Jaguars have two other quarterbacks in Jake Luton and C.J. Beathard, who will battle it out for the backup job. 

In other moves, the Jaguars signed WR Devin Smith and OL Jermaine Eluemunor.

Smith was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 18 games – 14 with the Jets and four with the Cowboys. His career totals include 15 receptions for 248 yards and two touchdowns. The fourth-year receiver has also had stops with the Texans and, most recently, with the Patriots. The Akron, Ohio native attended Ohio State and played with Head Coach Urban Meyer from 2012-2014. Smith registered 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns in 53 games played with the Buckeyes.

Eluemunor was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by Baltimore after playing collegiately at Texas A&M. The Chalk Farm, England native has played in 39 career games during his four-year career, including a career-high 12 contests last season with the Patriots.

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