Gardner Minshew was forced into starting quarterback duties after Nick Foles went down in Week 1 with a broken collarbone. Foles was signed by the Jaguars in the offseason on a four-year $88 million deal, but has spent the entire season on IR.
His deal came on the strength of his play during Wentz’s absences while he was with Philadelphia. This includes the 2018 playoff run Foles and the Eagles went on, which ended with a Super Bowl 52 victory. He also won Super Bowl MVP, throwing three touchdowns and being the first QB in history to catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
After Minshew and the Jags were blown out 26-3 in a game played in London, Jacksonville will elect to play Foles after their bye. Minshew has led the team to a 4-5 record in his absence.
Minshew Mania ends (for now): #Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announces that QB Nick Foles was named starter. Foles comes off IR and is back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2019
This decision clearly is due to the amount of money Jacksonville is paying Foles. Now that he is cleared to play, the team wants to get their money’s worth. It makes sense, especially after Minshew had the worst game of his career so far.
In nine games, Minshew has thrown 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has also fumbled a total of 11 times. Foles obviously has the better pedigree, being a veteran and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Yet Foles seemed to have the respect of the team, and could produce flashes of brilliance.
The Jaguars have a bye in Week 10. Foles’ second game as a starter for Jacksonville will come against the division rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 11
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