It is a virtual certainty that the Jaguars will select former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall draft choice in this year’s upcoming draft. With that, the team must figure out what it wants to do with the remaining quarterbacks on the roster, including former starting quarterback Gardner Minshew II.
One QB to monitor: The #Jaguars have received a few calls from teams inquiring about QB Gardner Minshew, source said. The Jax QB room is in flux, and we’ll see where this one goes.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2021
According to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars have received calls regarding a trade involving Minshew, though it is not yet clear whether or not the team would want to trade the man who brought Jacksonville, and the NFL, Minshew Mania just a short season ago.
Earlier this month, Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said the team was in “good shape” at the position with Minshew and Luton in the fold as the team’s primary backup quarterbacks.
“We have two young guys that both have played. They’ve both done a very good job. I think, right now, we’re just trying to get a feel for them going in with the new system,” said Baalke. “There’s just a lot of newness right now. That will all shake itself out once we get into the offseason program, which hopefully we have, and we’ll go from there.”
The only two quarterbacks currently on the team’s roster are Minshew and Luton. Quarterback Mike Glennon is a free agent.
Nothing involving the team’s quarterback position is currently set, and Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer made that known when speaking with the media earlier this month.
“Obviously, Gardner [Minshew II] was a guy that had some success early here. I’ve spent a little bit of time with him, not a lot of time with him. But you always start at the quarterback position and we have the number one pick,” Meyer said.
“There’s a lot of speculation out there that [a quarterback] will be the first pick so number one is just making sure we have the quarterback room exactly the way we want it.”
That quarterback room may not involve Minshew, a quarterback that was once thought to be the team’s eventual franchise player. Over the past two seasons, Minshew has completed 501 out of 797 passes (62.9%) for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. While his stat line doesn’t look poor, many of his yards and touchdowns came in garbage time last season.
The Jaguars have plenty of time on its side to figure out what to do with Minshew, but don’t be surprised to see a deal at some point this offseason.