Yesterday, there was a report that surfaced indicating the Jaguars were taking calls, or answering requests on the idea of trading its quarterback in Gardner Minshew II. Today, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer stated the team is not actively shopping its starting quarterback from a year ago.
“At this point, no,” Meyer said during his Friday morning press briefing when asked if the team was actively shopping the team’s now-starting quarterback.
Meyer and Minshew have met just twice, the second meeting came yesterday, Meyer says, something that he isn’t used to being from the collegiate game. In college football, the head coach can typically meet with its quarterback multiple times, and for more hours during these past two months than they can in the NFL, something Meyer will have to get used to.
“There’s a lot of anticipation about the first pick and I understand, you know, there’s a lot of conversation out there, but there’s been no decisions made,” he said.
“Gardner’s done some very good things here in Jacksonville. He’s a competitive maniac which I really appreciate that about him. So, there’s been no decisions made. Yesterday was the first lengthy meeting we had and we’re gonna continue that here for the next few weeks.”
The Jaguars are expected to select former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in this year’s draft, something that will likely kick off a new generation of Jaguars football. With that, Jacksonville has an issue on its hands with Minshew and the team’s backup position.
Last season, Minshew began the year as the team’s starting quarterback before suffering a thumb injury that would set him back several weeks, taking away the starting gig for a couple more even after he would return. In his first season, the elusive quarterback became a rookie sensation, nearly winning offensive rookie of the year and earning the moniker, “Minshew Mania.”
Thus far in his career, the former sixth-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has completed 62.9% of his passes for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is 7-13 as a starter.
While the Jaguars may not be actively shopping its quarterback, there’s no question some teams may be interested. But, for now, he’s going to stay put, residing on the Jaguars roster until further evaluation can be made.