This time last year, Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was preparing to be the team’s starter. While it appears he will not be the starter this season after the team selected QB Trevor Lawrence with the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, the third-year quarterback is keeping the same preparation.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Minshew said on Friday when asked if he’s competing to be the starter this season. “I think any time you go into anything thinking that losing or second best is an option, most of the time that’s what you’re going to get. That’s like when [Hernán] Cortés landed up at Veracruz with 600 dudes, trying to take the Aztec Empire, you know what he said? He said, ‘Burn the boats; we’re going back on their boats.’ So, that’s kind of a mindset that stuck with me, pretty much, since I heard that story.”
According to Minshew, while he’s competing with Lawrence for the starting job, he and Lawrence have a solid relationship.
“Oh, it’s great,” he said. “Trevor(Lawrence) is an awesome dude, super humble, coming in here ready to work, ready to learn. It’s been a lot of fun working with him, and I’m excited to continue to build that relationship.”
There’s another quarterback in camp with the Jaguars, but he’s a tight end. Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy at Florida, and many consider one of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time, is trying to get back into the league after last playing in a regular-season game almost nine years ago.
Minshew has always been a big fan of Tebow, and now he’s throwing to him.
“It’s still so cool,” he said. “I mean, every time I throw to him, I just smile. That’s like my favorite thing. But it’s like, it’s unbelievable. You hear bigger-than-life stories about the dude, and it’s all real. It’s unbelievable. I’ve never—truly bigger-than-life type person. So, it’s been really awesome to be around him.”
Barring a trade or catastrophic injury, Minshew will probably be the backup this season for Jacksonville, but he’s a competitor, so expect him to do everything in his power to be the starting quarterback for Jacksonville in 2021.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Bengals and Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. to a two-year, $12.5 million deal in the offseason. With the signing of Jones, the Jaguars bring more experience to their wide receiver room and somebody who can play.
Last season, the 31-year-old Jones had 76 receptions for 978 yards with nine receiving touchdowns.
Jacksonville continued Phase three of voluntary OTAs on Thursday in Jacksonville, and according to Jones, the Jaguars have a versatile group of wide receivers.
“There’s a lot of people, a lot of receivers in our group that can have different abilities and can put them in different places,” Jones said. “You put Laviska [Shenault Jr.] in the backfield and watch him work and stuff like that. Everybody’s been great, and everybody’s been taking the coaching and just having a good time. So, we’re just going to continue to do that.”
In 2021, Jones will probably be catching passes from the number one overall pick in this year’s draft, QB Trevor Lawrence. At this point, Jones likes what he sees out of the former Clemson quarterback.
“Obviously, it’s been a short time, but obviously, the guy’s gifted,” Jones said about Lawrence. “You can see it when he throws the ball. We’ve gotten some good work. There’s a lot of people here, so everybody’s kind of been rotating and getting a feel of the offense and stuff like that. So far, so good.”
Jones Jr. is also happy to have TE Tim Tebow around, who is hoping to resurrect his career after not playing an NFL regular season game since 2012.
“I’m kind of mad because I was the oldest guy on the team,” Jones said. “Now, he has me by two years, so I have to talk to him about that, but it’s been great. Obviously, everybody knows the type of worker that he is, and it’s no different. He came in here and fit right in, just working and learning and stuff like that. In the back, when he’s not in, he’s looking at the plays and running extra and doing what he needs to do to get this new position going. So, it’s been good; it’s been good to have him here most definitely.”
With D.J. Chark, Shenault, and Jones in the mix, Jacksonville’s wide receivers should be better, which will help Lawrence in 2021.
Watch highlights of Jacksonville’s practice from Thursday:
Tim Tebow is back in the NFL, but this time at a new position. Jacksonville Jaguars have signed TE Tim Tebow, the team announced on Thursday.
Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy with current Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer at Florida, played three seasons in the NFL as a quarterback, including leading the Broncos to a victory in the playoffs back in 2011.
After playing for the Jets in 2012, the Florida native tried to catch on with the Eagles and Patriots, but both times he was cut by both teams before the start of the season. Tebow tried his hand at baseball and spent three seasons(2016-19) in the Mets’ minor league system before retiring in 2020.
“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow said. “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace. I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this new journey.”
Tebow, 33, has never played tight end on any level and has not played an NFL regular-season game in nine years, so this transition won’t be easy. Clearly, this brings more eyes and ears to the Jaguars, and clearly, Tebow is loved in the state of Florida, but it could be a distraction.
However, it will be fun to see if he can make the transition, and if he does, “Tebowmania” will be off the charts.
Tim Tebow might not be finished with the NFL after all. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tebow worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but not at the quarterback spot.
Tebow reportedly worked out at the tight end position. The 33-year-old Tebow requested the tryout and worked out for team’s tight ends coach, according to the report. Tebow, who won the Heisman Trophy with current Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer at Florida, played three seasons in the NFL, including leading the Broncos to a victory in the playoffs back in 2011.
After playing for the Jets in 2012, Tebow tried to catch on with the Eagles and Patriots, but both times he was cut by both teams before the start of the season. Tebow tried his hand at baseball and spent three seasons(2016-19) in the Mets’ minor league system before retiring in 2020.
Maybe Meyer is trying to do Tebow a favor, or perhaps he believes Tebow can effectively transition to tight end. There has always been talk that Tebow could have stayed in the league if he transitioned to another position, so maybe the time is now.
We’ll see how it plays out, but it would be nice to see Tebow get another shot in the NFL.
According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the Miami Dolphins considered signing former NFL QB turned baseball player Tim Tebow after their starting QB Ryan Tannehill went down with a left ACL injury.
Tebow, who last played in a NFL regular season game in 2012, is currently playing minor-league baseball for the New York Mets.
Tebow did work with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase in 2011 while Gase was the QB coach in Denver. During that year, Tebow beat Pittsburgh in the first-round of the playoffs.
Ultimately, the Dolphins decided to sign Jay Cutler.
Some of the names, you should know, were eliminated very quickly.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 6, 2017
Among QB names Dolphins considered before discarding for multiple reasons in favor of Cutler: Kaepernick, Tebow, Orton.
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) August 6, 2017
Tim Tebow has gotten off to an okay start with the Columbia Fireflies (Mets Class A affiliate). After five games, Tebow is batting .200, with 2 home runs and 5 RBI, but his manager is happy with Tebow the leader.
“He’s the leader on the team already,” manager Jose Leger told TMZ Sports.
We can question Tebow’s ability, but you can’t question his leadership ability. He was a leader at Florida, a leader with the Broncos, and now a leader with the Fireflies!
Say it ain’t so! Tim Tebow has hit another home run. This time it was a three-run shot! Tebow has two home runs on the season; he plays for the Class A Columbus Fireflies(Mets’ affiliate)
— Columbia Fireflies (@ColaFireflies) April 9, 2017
Tim Tebow is amazing! Tebow goes yard in his first at-bat; it was a two-run shot.
Tebow plays for the Columbia Fireflies, which is the Mets’ Class-A affiliate
Watch it below:
Courtesy: Mike Uva
Breaking: Tim Tebow homers in his first at-bat. Are you kidding me? pic.twitter.com/tzal9jtvyH
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) April 6, 2017