By Alex Kurpeski
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II took the league by storm in 2019, as he performed tremendously well in the place of injured starter Nick Foles. With Foles sidelined, ‘Minshew Mania’ took over Duval, thanks to the admirable performance of the team’s 2019 sixth-round pick. Minshew, a two-time transfer, had been the latest product of Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense at Washington State, finishing fifth in the Heisman voting during his lone campaign as the starter for the Cougars. When the Jags made him their second to last selection in last April’s draft, few could have anticipated the impact Minshew would have in his first season with the team. In 14 games, Minshew threw for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns while throwing just 6 interceptions, incredible numbers considering the Jaguars boasted one of the more underwhelming receiving corps in the league (outside of breakout star D.J Chark). While Minshew’s rookie campaign was mightily impressive, we here at 3CoSports believe he is capable of taking his game to yet another level in 2020.
There’s many reasons to be optimistic about this mustachioed young gunslinger’s future. First off, Minshew’s icon status makes him extremely marketable, and in a small market like Jacksonville, marketability should get him pretty far. From an on-field perspective, Minshew should see some talent upgrades around him, as tight end Josh Oliver will get a full offseason to develop his skills while dead weight receivers like Marquise Lee and Keelan Cole will likely be cut loose and replaced with springier options. With former Washington HC Jay Gruden coming on-board as an offensive coordinator, Minshew will get a chance to work with one of the brighter offensive minds in the game, as Gruden notably led both Andy Dalton and Kirk Cousins to career years. It’s worth noting that Minshew only started 10/14 games he appeared in during the 2019 season, so if we stretched his per-game numbers across a full season, he would have easily cemented himself in the top-10 territory of fantasy scoring at his position.
Minshew’s rough 16 game start numbers:
4,361 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and 8 ints
With numbers like this, Minshew would have outscored passers like Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz. So that’s why we are predicting a top-10 fantasy finish for this very bright young star in 2020.