The Jacksonville Jaguars made Nick Foles their primary target last season. Also gave the former Super Bowl MVP a big contract to sign with them. Foles suffered an injury in their season-opener that forced him to miss the entire month of October. This paved the way for rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew to become the starter.
Minshew played well in Nick’s absence. Leading the team to a 4-4 record. However, he returned to the bench when Foles was cleared to play. In three starts since his injury, Foles is 0-3. In their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles completed seven of 14 passes for 93 yards and one interception. Also had two fumbles in the game. This prompted head coach Doug Marrone to bench him at halftime and replace him with Minshew. Was this the right call?
Minshew finished the game completing 16 of 27 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.
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On Monday, Marrone announced that he will be sticking with Minshew as the team starter for the remainder of the season. The move will likely bring an end to the Nick era in Jacksonville. This unless Minshew struggles down the stretch.
Minshew quickly became one of the most popular players on the team. This thanks to his strong play during Nicks’ absence, throwing for 2,285 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions. All the while leading the team to a 4-4 record. His mustache and attire also endeared him to the fans, who saw themselves in him.
If Minshew continues to play well, the Jaguars will have to decide if they want to keep Foles as their starter of try to trade him. With teams like Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and Chicago looking for veteran leadership, there should be a market for Foles in the offseason. If they cannot find a team to trade with, they will likely release him.